"We never know the worth of water till the well is dry."
The above quote is from Thomas Fuller, who lived in 18th century England, where he practiced medicine. Besides being a doctor, Fuller was also a preacher, calling on men and women to see beyond flesh and blood to their true essence as spiritual beings. Because of his experience with both the physical and spiritual sides of humanity, Fuller became most well known for his wisdom - and when he spoke about the nature of who we are, he used water for comparison.
So what Fuller was saying is that we really don't know how valuable we are until we stop being the loving beings God created us to be.
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Quite often, those who remind us of the good that exists in the world are children and young people. Despite their own difficulties, young people like Anne Frank - the Dutch girl who died more than 70 years ago in a concentration camp - help us to see the opportunity for good.
"Hunger is not a problem; it is an obscenity," Anne wrote as she and her family went without food. But she continued to still be able to see the good in humanity: “how wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
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There is so much discussion today -- especially here in the United States -- about the value, quality and necessity of education. Some people argue that education is necessary for better paying jobs. Others say that it is key to living a higher quality of life. And while some of these arguments may be true, the fact is that in some parts of the world, education is a requirement for basic human survival. Quite simply, without it, some people will die.
Nowhere is that more true than in societies where education about life-threatening diseases is critical. For example, throughout many parts of the African continent, children and young adults need to know what they can and cannot do in order to survive. They must be taught that if they are out walking a long distance -- and the only water available to them is the water in a nearby stream or creek -- that water must be treated before it can be consumed. If it isn’t treated or purified, drinking that water could kill them.
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If your child asks for bread--will you give them a stone?
When our Lord Jesus spoke these words, He was offering His followers a message of hope . . . telling them that God the Father will care for them as we human beings care for our own children. Now -- as I write this letter to you -- I am hoping we will care for our children as well as God intended us to. Please read on and I will try to explain.
A few days ago, I received a letter from Fr. Bill Moroney -- one of our Missionary of Africa priests now working in Nairobi, Kenya, in East Africa. . . Read More>>
MOA helps drill water wells in Tanzania
Water can be gathered, or as some would say ‘harvested’, from below by digging or drilling boreholes to pump it up. It can also be harvested from above in those places where the groundwater would be too deep or maybe hardly existing.
Mbeya, in the East African country Tanzania is one of the many places where one often collects it from above, by harvesting the rains of the rainy seasons. Read More>>
In Khartoum, MOA Helps Rebuild School
"Dear Father John,
I come to you with the gratitude of the people in St. Stephen Parish for your constant support in our time of need.
In August, after the accidental death of Dr. John Garang, Vice President of the Sudan, sad incidents happened, leading to killings and destruction. Our school in Shigla was burnt ..." Read More>>
AFRICA, A Natural Treasure
Africa is a land of incredible beauty, natural treasure
and unparalleled discovery! Its people - of nearly 60
nations throughout the Continent - are among some of
the most diverse cultures and societies in all the world!
But in the midst of this land of rich heritage and facsinating
beauty - the lives of African people are being torn
apart by war, poverty, hunger, disease and oftentimes
despair . . .
Our Mission: Preach, Teach, Heal and Build
For more than 130 years, the Missionaries
of Africa - a Catholic society of religious men
- have been reaching out to men, women and children
throughout Africa to preach,
Your support will
help our missionaries continue their life saving work
among those suffering from the tragedy that has gripped
the people of this vast continent!
We invite you to learn more about
our mission, our immense and ever-growing accomplishments,
and the tragic challenges that torment the peoples of
this great continent.