Fr Joachim Rego CP, Superior Genera Holy Spirit Province offers this Easter message, an inspiration for lay and ordained.
The greatest danger … is that we lose heart and hope, as a consequence of which we can become paralysed (indifferent?), choosing the maintenance of our presences at the expense of effective and Spirit-led mission. In other words, we can sometimes so easily get ‘caught-up’ in the comfortable daily routine that, in our prayer and ministry, we become de-sensitized and indifferent to the real issues unfolding on our doorsteps: injustice, disrespect for life, racism, prejudice, discrimination, corruption, migrants, refugees, asylum-seekers, religious intolerance."
"Are these some of the 'signs of the times' – invitation of the Spirit? How will we draw meaning from the Passion of Jesus (our charism) to witness, to address, and to offer both basic human assistance and a spirituality of hope and life to these situations in our local reality?"
Fr. Rego reflects on Pope Francis’ frequent reference to the “globalization of indifference” as a key for reflection on what he perceives as a root problem. He reminds us that "we are required to be 'islands of mercy in a world dominated by the globalization of indifference.' May we create our Passionist religious communities to be “beacons of hope”!
Read the Easter Message here
"Feed My Sheep"
"Thus, as we follow the command of our Lord, we will emulate Him by making ourselves ‘Shepherds of His Flock’—by declaring our love to Him, we are to serve and nurture His people."
We received the following powerful reflection and commentary on the calamitous climate change-related drought in the Phillipines from Fr. Rey Carvyn P. Ondap, CP, Executive Director, Passionist Center for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation in General Santos City. (see previous newsletter story on Fr. Rey here)
Fr. Rey, in his reflection on the Third Sunday of Easter, says "let us give focus and our utmost attention to one of the calamities brought about by the Climate Change—the intense dry spell also known as El Niño in the Southernmost part of Mindanao, one of the three major islands of the Philippines. This drought has already devastated not only the agricultural lands of the area but also the lives of thousands of families due to hunger." See a fact sheet here.
"In 2015, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) released statements that the dry spell is expected to reduce rainfall by 60 to 80 percent, affecting more than half of the country. It was expected to be one of the strongest in the last decades, predicted to endanger livelihoods, harvests and nutritional status of rural poor households in the agricultural sector."
Read: Feed My Sheep, A Reflection from Fr. Rey Ondap, from the Third Week of Easter