Advise to Parents

​unearthed open letter to all parents in Kenya.

Halo Kenyan parents, am proud of you for having sired a child and nursed them and then brought them to me as a teacher to impart knowledge in them.
 All year long, I have spent most of my time with your child and many more other children. I will not talk just about your child but about all children in our beloved country. Beloved parent, your child is coming home for a long vacation about two months, nearly the same time you took during your maternity/

paternity leave. Kindly find it in your heart to take time as you did then and help your child grow morally, spiritually and socially. Here at school, our main aim is to teach. We teach the syllabus that is already overloaded… too broad and irrelevant for your child.
 Please stop whining and complaining that the holiday is too long dear parent. In fact it should be longer than two months so that you parent properly. The teenagers you give us can’t learn much me a teacher. There’s so much information from many sources that they get exposed to. Check what they do online. Ensure they don’t attend white parties and sex orgies. I try my best that your child learns to be upright, focused and successful academically. Its too much for me as a person. But parent, in college I wasn’t taught to parent. I will use my experiences which may not work for your child.
 There’s pressure to finish syllabuses, which is hardly done given that most schools just third World while others have no basic infrastructure like classes or toilets… I hope You watch news…. I know the economic pressure on you as a parent… maybe you have three, four five or even ten children. They are yours. carry your burden squarely and stop escapism. Don’t be careless with your children. They are the future of this nation. For a while pretend to be nice to them…. usually you are not… Go to the mosque/temple/

church with them. Show them how to do basic chores… Teach them not to be corrupt or immoral like most adults/parents…hope you are not.
 Stop fighting and abusing each other in presence of your children.Mend your relationship as a couple and let your children learn family values…. for those who are still married… hold on …suspend the divorce or separation for their sake… .stop raising them with stolen money or money corruptly obtained. Teach them the value of hard work. Stop calling them names… you cow… umbwa hii… unakaa kama Mama yako… hii ujinga ni ya kwa baba yenu….Look at their performance, be concerned and instill a sense of responsibility in them. 
Don’t send them to the grannies to reduce the burden of feeding them. No. Stay with then. Watch over them. I am doing my part here in school beloved parent. Do yours please. I am not a baby sitter for goodness sake. Doesn’t it bother you that I have to teach and parent? A responsibility you have abdicated for too long??? Study the character of your child,… 
I hope you will not be surprised that they are not anything near what you cherish as family… Teach them about honesty and integrity even if you have no idea what that is… I have invigilated end of year exam and most of the children are stealing the simple exams meant to assess their learning. it might not be your child but look, that affects them too. .. do they steal at home too? I don’t have a whole day to lecture you parent, you know how best you can raise your child. The TV at home belongs to you.. be in charge. Stop reporting to me during academic day that your child watches too much TV…..I can assure you we are giving your child enough homework supervise that work….
 January is coming soon. Don’t squander all the fees on Christmas and New Year celebrations…. when they come back ensure fees is paid and you buy boarders personal effects….

Family Vs Office 

​It makes me cry – a bitter truth of life: 

          

         F A M I L Y   

                Vs 

            OFFICE
I banged into a stranger as he passed by, 

‘Oh excuse me please’ was my response.’
He said, ‘Please excuse me too; 

I couldn’t see you coming.’ 
We were very polite, this stranger and I. 

We said goodbye and went on our way .
But at home a different story unfolds,

How we treat our loved ones, young and old. 
Later that day, cooking the evening meal, 

My son stood beside me very still. 
When I turned, I nearly knocked him down.
‘Move out of the way,’ I said with a frown.,  a little harshly.

He walked away, his little heart broken. 
I didn’t realize how harshly I’d spoken. 
While I lay resting in bed,
God’s small voice came to me and said, 

‘While dealing with a stranger,

common courtesy you use, 
but the family you love, you seem to abuse. 

Go and look on the kitchen floor, You’ll find some flowers there by the door.
Those are the flowers he brought for you. 
He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue. 
He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise, you never saw the tears that filled his little eyes.’ 
By this time, I felt very small, 

And now my tears began to fall. 
I quietly went and knelt by his bed; Wake up, little one, wake up,’ I said.
Are these the flowers you picked for me?’ 
He smiled, ‘I found them, out by the tree.. I picked them because they’re pretty like you. 
I knew you’d like them, especially the blue.’
I said, ‘Son, I’m very sorry for the way I acted today; 
I shouldn’t have yelled at you that way.’ 
He said, ‘Oh, Mom, that’s okay. 
I love you anyway.’ 
I said, ‘Son, I love you too, and I do like the flowers, especially the blue.’ 
FAMILY 
Are you aware that if we died tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days. 
But the family we left behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. 
And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than into our own family, an unwise investment indeed, don’t you think? 
So what is the lesson behind the story? 
Do you know what the word FAMILY means? 
FAMILY = (F)ATHER  (A)ND (M)OTHER   (I) (L)OVE (Y)OU 
Pass this message to your friends with whom you want to share..🙏:)
A VERY TOUCHING STORY.😘😪

God’s Timetable is not ours; He is Alpha and Omega

Luke 18.1-8 


I heard a story which illustrates how we often confuse God’s timing with ours. A country newspaper had been running a series of articles on the value of church attendance. One day, a letter to the editor was received in the newspaper office. It read, “Print this if you dare. I have been trying an experiment. I have a field of corn which I plowed on Sunday. I planted it on Sunday. I did all the cultivating on Sunday. I gathered the harvest on Sunday and hauled it to my barn on Sunday. I find that my harvest this October is just as great as any of my neighbors’ who went to church on Sunday. So where was God all this time?” The editor printed the letter, but added his reply at the bottom. “Your mistake was in thinking that God always settles his accounts in October.”

That’s often our mistake as well, isn’t it — thinking that God should act when and how we want him to act, according to our timetable rather than his. The fact that our vision is limited, finite, unable to see the end from the beginning, somehow escapes our mind. So we complain; we get frustrated; we accuse God of being indifferent to us; we do not live by faith.

Larry R. Kalajainen, Extraordinary Faith for Ordinary Time, CSS Publishing Company, Inc.

29th Sunday of Year C

Sunday 16 October 2016
(Exodus 17:8-13; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:2; Luke 18:1-8)

“Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” 

Last Sunday, we saw how at time we forget to give thank to God after our prayers have been answered. Today we continue with the theme of prayers and the response to the responsorial psalm is a good theme to reflect on. If our help come from God, therefore the more we need to pray without ceasing.

In the village of Timbuktu, there was a good lady who lived next door to an atheist. Every day, when the lady prayed, the atheist guy could hear her and add the volume to his to disturb her prayers. He said to himself, “Doesn’t she know there is no GOD!” At times while she was praying, he would go to her house and harass her, saying, “Lady, why do you pray all the time? Don’t you know there is no GOD!” But she kept on praying.

One day, she ran out of bread. As usual, she was praying to the Lord explaining her situation and thanking Him for what He was going to do. As usual, the atheist heard her praying and thought to himself, “Humph…I’ll fix her.”

He went to the shop and bought some breads, took them to her door steps, rang the doorbell and then hid in the bushes to see what she would do. The lady came out and opened the door, on seeing the breads but no one outside, she knelt at the door and thanked God loudly for answering her prayers. She went out shouting that God has answered he. The atheist came out of the bush by that time villagers had started gathering around her to hear the miracle. The atheist scolded her in front of all saying, “there is no God who answered your prayer. I myself answered your prayers.” The lady replied, “Well, the devil may have brought these breads, but it was God who sent him.”

Our first reading and the gospel is teaching us the efficacy of persistence in prayers. We must never become weary of praying. Persistent in prayer is very important, even when such prayers are not answered in the ways we think best. It is important to be unrelenting in our prayers…not only because of the changes our prayers may elicit in God’s mind, but for the changes such prayers can work in our own hearts and minds. Our prayers do not change the mind of God but changes us to suit in the the mind of God. It is not because we have to search for the route to God’s door but because unless your search there’s no way of getting to your door. Persistence is a key.

In the first reading we see while Moses was praying with his hands raised, the Israelite were winning the battle but when his hands got tired and dropped, the Israelites were loosing the battle. They had to put a stone for Moses to sit and Aaron and Hur supported his hands to keep them raised till they won the battle. In the gospel we see a widow who kept on praying until justice was done unto her. 

We learn the need to keep on praying. When we stop praying we lose. We also see the need of supporting one another in prayers. When we pray together we help one another. That is why we ask our brothers and sisters to pray for us, we ask our Mother Mary and other saints to pray for us and much more we have our advocate, Lord Jesus Christ and thus we end our prayers saying “through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

God may not answer our prayers the way we want but will always answer. The answer does not depend on us but on the grace of God. That is why we have to put our trust in Him. Thus Jesus ends his teaching by asking, “But when the Son of Man comes, will he find any faith on earth?’

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

PRINCIPLE OF LESSER EVIL VS CARTESIAN DOUBT 

​Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila has given one of the most powerful elections statements by any Catholic leader. He says Catholics in good conscience can’t support candidates who are pro-abortion.

The Archbishop is right having enshrined his statement in “appeal to sober conscience.” Unfortunately, many people who are entrusted in forming the conscience have failed. We have many Catholics doing contrary to the well formed conscience. It sadden to see that a good number of those who have killed unborn babies claim to profess  catholic faith. We remember even this was an issues in the last year’s synod. 

I’ve used the word kill since many people seems to see a great difference between abortion and killing. The word abortion has been used quite a lot and seem not to give a surge to human conscience. It’s high time we call it by what it is. It is killing.

We have to go back to the drawing board and see where we lost the track of forming the conscience.

But Archbishop Aquila goes further. He says Democrats are “aggressively pro-abortion” because they are pushing taxpayer funding of abortions and because they will appoint judges who support abortion. Naturally that includes Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president who is spearheading that agenda.

Coming to the idea of who is who here,  Hillary may be pro-abortion but will she ever abort? No she is past that. Will she force people to abort? No, they have their rights protected by the American Constitution. Going back to conscience, people with formed  conscience will not abort even if the abortion is provided freely in any hospital from the goverment funds. 

Lets form the conscience. 

Trump may be a pro-life (i really doubt) if that is bracketed for “against abortion (killing of unborn” but in the principle of doubt are we sure we won’t go to war with other countries? What is happening between USA and Russia need not be assumed. 

If Trump who is against or doesn’t speak of abortion but if he will be used by the absolute spirit (Heideggar) and push the button of world war iii, how many will die? 

Thus, incase of doubt the principle of lesser evil should be applied. 

Catholic voters must make themselves aware of where the parties stand on these essential issues. The right to life is the most important and fundamental right, since life is necessary for any of the other rights to matter. There are some issues that can legitimately be debated by Christians, such as which policies are the most effective in caring for the poor, but the direct killing of innocent human life must be opposed at all times by every follower of Jesus Christ. There are no legitimate exceptions to this teaching.

The Archbishop proposed preferential option for the poor and those unable including the unborn.

It will be lesser evil to elect Hillary Clinton and then stream our energy in forming the conscience of the people so that even if evil is set before our eyes covered with gold and good is set next to it covered with feases, people will choose the feases covered good.

Lets take a risk.