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A Happy Soul Clocks 61!


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17/09/2007: Mozambique


AToday I want to bring to your attention an extra goodnews after the Exaltation of the Cross which have just celebrated here with a lot of creativity led by Brother Ascensio Njobvu. Our chaplain narrated a story of a holy monk who came to stay near the village and drew a lot people to his hermitage on top of the hill. One girl who wa a regular client to the holy place was found pregnant. After being asked repeatedly at the threat of death about a man who could have been responsible for her pregnancy, she mentioned the holy man. The whole village invaded the holy mans place threw rotten words at him but he remained quiet. A child was born and had grown. The upright conscience gave the lady sleepless nights for falsely accussing the holy man and he revealed the real fellow who was responsible for the child. The story reversed and the whole village went back to the Holy man to apologise. He stressed the need to be calm when carrying the crosses of our life as Jesus was and the as the holy man in the story was too.

Let me come to the real issue of the soull of today. This soul Brother Angel Mansoa. Today he remembers the day he entered the Juniorate. As you can see from the picture, it is obvious that he is happy in his vocation. He told us this morning as the chaplain was congratulating him saying, I am very happy as a Marist Brother and my soul rejoices with joy as I recall that I have lived 61 happy years as a Marist. Brother came to Africa in late 1960s and worked in Zimbabwe for a while but later went ot Zambia where he worked as headmaster of St. Paul Secondary school, as a District Superior and later as a Novice Master. By the way he was my novice master too both in Zambia and Kutama in Zimbabwe. he returned to Zambia and worked in a school for as while but the provincial was looking for a member of staff in the noviciate. When he was approached, he abandoned the school apostolate and become a deputy master of novices at Kutama, a post which he still hold up to date. He and Brother Godrey Mbawa were behind the transfer of the noviciate from Kutama to Matola in Mozambique. I see that Brother loves manual work, he has a great sense of humour when passing a comment which maybe sensitive, he enjoys Sunday walks. He walks to the parish every Sunday. He enjoys getting information form the weather charts and share with the community what he gets. He has an extraordinary love for the poor and from time to time we see him bringing their intentions in prayer. His love for simplicity makes us all believe that he is a true reflection of what Champagnat had in mind when he declared it as one of Marist virtues. Brother we join you in this big smile that we can read in your face and may the 61 years of happy religious life be an inspiration to us all especially those of us who have not even reached 20. We shall carry you in our prayers and know that we feel proud of you. May the Good lord bless you! May Mary and Champagnat continue to be your constant source of inspiration. Have a joy filled celebration.

Simeon Banda, fms.

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