Volume 3 - Issue 2  

 

 

June 15, 2012

 
 
On the Feast of the Ugandan Martyrs, O'Meara Ferguson Continues to Lay the Foundation for the Pelican Africa Fund
 
I recently returned from East Africa where I spoke to the Ugandan Episcopal Conference on the Development of the Lay vocation through actions in Investment vs Aid. This talk was very much derived from Caritas in Veritate where the Holy Father tells us, “The development of man cannot be achieved on his own, nor can it be handed to him.” (CV, #11) The talk was received quite well and was followed by very lively discussion by the bishops. The next day Philip Ashton and Bob Chronowski presented a similar talk to 40 men's and women's religious order superiors within Uganda.
This was the third trip to East Africa by teams from O'Meara Ferguson looking at whether we could effectively invest in the local economies, stimulate the development of man where he believes fully that he must be the primary agent of change in his own life, stimulate the economy, build up the People of God locally, and return investment capital with increase to the investors. In short, can we successfully engage in the work the Holy Father called for in Caritas in Veritate? Our response is that we believe that we can incarnate the Holy Father’s vision of development in partnership with Caritas Uganda, the Ugandan Episcopal Conference, a local catholic university, and with local business leaders.
In my presentation to the Episcopal Conference I began with a passage from St. Paul because Christ must be the foundation of this work ...

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A Land of Missionaries, Immigrants and Saints
Written by Archbishop José H. Gomez (May 4, 2012)
Introduction by John Klink - Managing Director, O'Meara Ferguson
 
In his recent article which follows, Archbishop Jose Gomez as a good pastor, and Chair of the U.S. Bishops’ Migration Committee, is appropriately recalling Americans to their long and proud tradition of welcoming the stranger.

Most Americans, when asked of their familial origins, are quick to point to their personal self-identification for instance, as x percentage Irish, x percentage Italian, German, Swedish, or Indian tribal affiliation. All generally proudly confess their
foreign antecedence, and those who come from American Indians stock note with similar pride that their ancestors were a largely migratory people.

This unique American pride of foreign provenance finds a theological imperative in Catholic social teaching. As Pope Pius XII teaches in his Apostolic Constitution, Exsul Familia Nazarethana, (The Exiled Family of Nazareth), the Holy Family itself, in its flight into Egypt, can be seen for all times as the “archetype of every refugee family…the models and protectors of every migrant, alien and refugee of whatever kind who, whether compelled by fear of persecution or by want, is forced to leave his native land, his beloved parents and relatives, his close friends, and to seek a foreign soil” ...read the full article

Good Steward Newsletter – June 2012
Stewards of Religious Liberty
 

My guess is that most Catholics in the Unites States don’t know what to make of the quarrel between the leaders of our Church and the Obama administration. Especially since this is taking place during an election year that involves an ever-escalating course of accusations and counter-accusations by representatives of different political parties and interest groups within those parties. ...

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Wisdom from the Church Fathers
It is not you who shape God
(St. Irenaeus)


It is not you who shape God;
it is God who shapes you.

If then you are the work of God,
await the hand of the Artist
who does all things in due season.

Offer the Potter your heart,
soft and tractable,
and keep the form
in which the Artist has fashioned you.

Let your clay be moist,
lest you grow hard and lose
the imprint of the Potter’s fingers.
 
 
(podcast) I Thirst
 
Near the crucifix in the chapel of each of the convents of the Missionaries of Charity is a framed parchment bearing the words, “I Thirst.” Blessed Teresa of Calcutta had a great devotion to this phrase, one of the last words of Our Lord upon the cross.

In this podcast O’Meara Ferguson president and founder Patrick O’Meara offers a reflection upon this phrase especially as it relates to the building up of the Church through the participation of the laity. Our Lord thirsts for each of us to draw close to
Him and to express our devotion to Him through our participation in the life and mission of His Bride, His Holy Church.

Father Joseph Neuner, Mother Teresa’s spiritual director for many years writes this:
It was the redeeming experience of her life when she realized that the night of her heart was the special share she had in Jesus’ passion… thus we see that the darkness was actually the mysterious link that united her to Jesus. It is the contact of intimate longing for God. Nothing else can fill her mind. Such longing is possible only through God’s own hidden presence. We cannon long for something that is not intimately close to us. Thirst is more than absence of water. It is not experienced by stones, but only by living beings that depend on water. Who knows more about living water, the person who opens the water tap daily without much thinking, or the thirst tortured traveler in the desert in search for a spring?

Quoted in Come Be My Light: the Private Writings of the ‘Saint of Calcutta’, Brian Kolodiejchuk, M.C., editor. Page 216

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