Saturday, June 16, 2012


So much of what we are called to do as people and as Christians centers on relationship.  Relationship with our family and friends, with the poor and those in need, with ourselves, with our environment, with God, etc.  Now that I have spent close to 10 months in South Africa, I find I am constantly reminded of the importance of relationship through my interactions with the students, teachers, and monks I am surrounded by on a daily basis.  These relationships have grown to be a part of me, and me a part of them.  One of the beauties of being thrust into a new experience and culture is realizing that the people we saw as different or less privileged than us actually have strengths and gifts where we ourselves may be weak or less privileged in our own lives.  Thomas Merton, a Trappist Monk, wrote, “’God’s will’ is certainly found in anything that is required of us in order that we may be united with one another in love.”

We are called to relationship not merely to do good deeds for the people and things around us, but because it is through our relationships that we come closer God.   

Hanging out with Thembelanie, Br. Josias, and Bongisani
Nyangayethu, Siphosiso, Masixole, Simamkele, Xolisa
Simamkele and Siviwe
The Brothers


  1. Wow! Nice topic! It really inspires me. It reminds me of my brother who is really in need of our help. He left the house at the age of 17 because of some misunderstandings. Now, we re-united as one. No matter how hard the situation is, the important people who we can really count on is our family.

  2. Stephen, it was great seeing you back home! Have a great year!! George