Childlike abandonment

Today’s Gospel Reading from Mt 6;24-34 is probably one of the most known:

“Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?”

It is a short part full of incredible advice. Why worry? Too many times we get frustrated in our lives, thinking that all depends on us and that we’re jsut not up to it. And honestly, it’s all just a waste of time.

>>Jesus asks for childlike abandonment to the providence of our heavenly Father who takes care of his children’s smallest needs: “Therefore do not be anxious, saying ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’. …Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.”<< (Catechism § 305)

Hoffnung means hope…

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The King of Kings, the Lord of Lords

In the spirit of Corpus Christi, which, sadly enough, is not a public holiday in the Netherlands, I’d like to share with you one of the greatest videos about the celebration of our faith that I have seen in the last few years: Grassroot’s “God in the streets of New York”. Lets not be afraid to take our faith to the streets.

“They stopped, and they looked for one second, and they met Jesus by the eye – and their lives could have been changed forever”

Hoffmung means hope…

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Education of the Heart

Education…
Progress can only be progress when it serves mankind and when mankind itself grows along, not just our technical capabilities, but also our moral strength. I think the true problem of our historical situation is the imbalance between the immense, rapid growth of our technical skills and our moral capabilities that did not develop along with it. That is why education of mankind is the true key! If we only pass along know-how and how to create and handle machinery, or how to apply contraceptives, we cannot be surprised if it results in war and aids-epidemics. What we need are two dimensions – we also need the education of our hearts.

-Pope Benedict XVI

Hoffnung means hope…

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Perdoa-me, Senhor

Perdoa-me Senhor
Às vezes esqueço que dai olhas por nós
E não me lembro de parar e ouvir-te a voz
Ando num mundo em que não sinto
Em que me escondo e em que minto
Fico menor

Ajuda-me senhor
A ver a esperança quando á volta tudo é dor
A ganhar força e a voltar a acreditar
Eu já perdi a confiança
Já não sou mais uma criança
Não sei sonhar

Perdoa-me senhor
Por fechar a minha mão sem a estender
Por não lembrar que devo dar sem receber
E em vez de sim Te digo não
Por isso peço o teu perdão
Senhor

I paid the local youth ministry a visit and was overwhelmed by the warmth and friendlyness with which I was immediately included into their community… an open protest against the anonimity that the world has become. The song above, sung in community with the students at CREU, is not only overwhelmingly beautiful but also incredibly powerful. Let it sink in and reflect upon the absurdity of your daily habits. Forgive me, Lord.

Hoffnung means hope…

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Mt 11.28

Turn me down in my request
for pleasure, born in selfishness
Set me straight and give me strength
to battle unease and distress

Time passes slowly when you miss your girl. Take your worries to someone bigger than you. He will help you out. 

Hoffnung means hope…

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Pending between worlds

Contrary to what I had in mind, I’ve completely neglected this blog whilst staying in Bangladesh. While the reasons are manifold, maybe I should try to sum up the most important ones:

1. I’ve been to a different world. From the moment I left the airport, I was caught up in the dschungle of the city. Dhaka captured me with its noise, smell, looks… I was torn out of my habitat and catapulted to a different planet. Living in Bangladesh was like living an alternative life… it’s hard to keep the ties to the world back home.

2. The internet connection sucked. Yeah, it’s as simple as that. I’m not used to dial-up anymore, neither is wordpress… writing blogs could have taken hours. Hours that I decided to spend exploring the city, meeting exciting new people, discovering the planet that is Bangladesh.

3. The girl under the jackfruit trees. A non-neglectable factor. The black-haired beauty that I spent most of my free time with. It all makes sense now. I miss her.

4. The emotional overkill. Too many impressions to remember or work with. I could have written three blogs a day and still wouldn’t have come close to what I did and saw.

In the end, I’ll just keep most of the memories to myself. It’s safe, and they’re mine anyways. I came back a changed man – that’s about all anyone needs to know about my trip.

Hoffnung means hope…

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“I heart ***” or the Hamburg graffiti

I lie awake
awake as you could possibly be
when it’s dark outside and you’re dreaming

I lie and think
as much as you could possibly think
when your thoughts are limited to a single name

I start to sing
as loud as you could possibly sing
when there’s nothing left to say

I get up and walk
as fast as you could possibly walk
when you’re turning around in circles

I stop to look
at something I can barely see
a graffiti written on the harbour walls

I stay to watch
as closely as you could possibly watch
when raindrops are clouding your vision

I shake my head
it can’t be true what I have noticed
that simple sentence could have been from me

I go to bed
as much as I would like to stay in town
to run around and seek more signs of you

I lay and dream
as much as you could possibly dream
when it’s dark outside and you lie awake

Hoffnung means hope…

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