Monthly Archive for: ‘January, 2013’

Living a Joyful Life

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I am back to my reflective mode. More than once when people return home after visiting a developing country, I hear them say, “The people are so happy, yet they have so little. In fact, they are happier than we are and we have so much”. I am often discomforted by this assessment in that just maybe we can be …

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Exchanging Cultures

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  We arrived in Kaoma on Saturday after a 5 1/2 hour drive. Sister Virginia McCall shared history and stories about her various projects as Sister Inez, her associate, drove the orphanage van. On arrival, we settled into our chalet guest homes and then went to the Convent for a wonderful chicken dinner prepared by Clement, the cook. On Sunday, we …

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Victoria Falls and Wildlife

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Last week, we went to Livingston and put on the hat of a tourist for a few days. We went to see Victoria Falls, one of the major wonders of the world. Given that this is the rainy season, the falls were in full force. All I can say is the display was majestic. The spray is so intense that …

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Journeying with Zambian People

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Macrina Wiederkehr writes in her book “Seasons of the Heart”: “To be a pilgrim means to be on the move slowly, to notice your luggage becoming lighter, to be seeking for treasures that do not rust, to be comfortable with your heart’s questions…” We traveled by bus from Livingston to Lusaka…it was an all day trip leaving at 9 and …

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Experiencing Lifetime Relationships

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Today, I have lots of questions. I have been reflecting on how we arrive at a new location, meet and serve with the local people and then comes the leave taking. In the parting is the realization that we may not meet again in this lifetime and this experience is bittersweet. The questions that bubble up within me are: Is …

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Victoria Falls…a sacred experience

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When I was in elementary school, I remember learning about Victoria Falls. I dreamt of one day visiting there, but really didn’t ever think it would be possible. Victoria Falls was all I imagined and more. The beauty is truly beyond words. As one walks the path toward the Falls through the bushes and trees, one hears the water roaring over …

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First Weekend In Review

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Hello readers of this blog. How was your weekend? Our weekend was packed with surprise, challenge and excitement. The surprise was that an ox became ill. This ox belongs to the woman who manages the Widow Farm that is owned by Monze Diocese. Sister Theresa got the call and with these animal type calls, Sister Deb assists. Sister Theresa organized …

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Reflections On Life While In Zambia

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I have been reflecting on how life as usual can foster a healthy rhythm for us. It can also create a dullness of spirit when my spiritual life becomes too routine. Unknowingly, I may re-create God to fit my limited experience of life. I can create an image of God that does not challenge my assumptions of life. Sometimes I …

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Zambian Challenges

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I am certainly enjoying the sounds and tastes of this garden of Zambia. One morning, I awoke to the sounds of children learning the alphabet. There is a preschool and primary school nearby and they were reciting after the teacher. I laid back and listened to what seemed delight in their voices. Children here are eager to learn. In Kalomo, …

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Hostess Sister Deb Nelson

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On Friday, we had the morning free. It was a treat because we have been going on the fast track since we arrived. A few ideas about our hostess Sister Deb Nelson – you may have heard the expression butcher, baker and candle stick maker; Sister Deb has an expanded list of duties and responsibilities. She is our team leader, …

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