From 27 to 29 December, brothers CMM in Kenya came together in Mosocho for the Provincial Day. Brother Elijah Agilo shares the main points of this meeting:
Behind all possibilities there lies unity. This was a point of reflection for me as we gathered together with fellow brothers in Mosocho Community for our Provincial Day. It was indeed a marvellous moment meeting brothers after quite a while; for this we say thanks be to God.
175 years Mission of Mercy by CMM
Brother Augustine, the deputy provincial superior displayed a colourful PowerPoint presentation of different pictures, showing the Mission of Mercy for the last 175 years. Our fellow-Brother Nathan, who was the youngest in attendance, lit the candle and Brother Leo van de Weijer, the provincial superior led in the opening prayer, as he officially opened our “big day”. The big question was: “What is our life like as brothers?”
The event coincided with the feast of the holy innocent souls, who lost their lives but saved the life of the baby Jesus who was being sought by King Herod. In this regard, brothers were reminded about their role in protecting Christ in fellow humans. Any act of kindness is enough to achieve this objective. Therefore, each brother has a contribution to make in bringing hope to the hopeless.
Evaluation of the year
In his report about the year 2019, Brother Leo counted both blessings and challenges encountered. The blessings were witnessed in the good academic performance in our schools, the progress in our projects, education of brothers, successful retreats and recollections, and the congregation’s 175-years jubilee celebrations. Challenges were financial deficits for the provinces, the vow of poverty and being a real community.
Brothers went into small groups of communities to reflect together on various aspects of community life such as prayers, apostolate, faith sharing, community assembly and recreation. Community is the hub of all that we do as religious brothers; in what Brother Harry van Geene termed as an Oasis of mercy.
Future of the province of Kenya
As many people in the society commend brothers for the services rendered unto them, it was clearly noted that precaution should be taken in order to sustain our mission of mercy. Nearly every brother who spoke showed concern about the future of our congregation.
Building Bridges Initiative
This is an initiative brought forth by two arch-rival political parties in Kenya, with the aim of enhancing peace in the country, which for a long time has experienced post-election violence. Brothers were urged to take the lead in preaching and living the gospel of peace, starting from our communities all the way through the entire province.
Love one another
The event ended on Sunday 29th December after the Eucharistic celebration, presided over by Father Dancun, a missionary of Hope priest. In his homily, he emphasized on the importance of LOVE among brothers. According to him love is an acronym that stands for Loss Of Valuable Energy. Love propels people to sacrifice all they possess regardless of their valuability. So Jesus reminds us in John’s gospel 15:12 “Love one another as I have loved you”.
Br. Elijah Agilo CMM, Kenya