The Society of African Missions’ Ghana Region this year held Apostolic Community meetings (Kumasi-Oku and Accra-Winneba Apostolic Communities) instead of a Regional Assembly.
The Kumasi-Oku Apostolic community had their community meeting on the 8TH of February 2016, while the Accra-Winneba Apostolic community met on the 15th of February 2016 under the theme “Reconciliation in the light of Community Living”. This theme was the Spiritual input for the meeting delivered by Rev. Fr. Wilmer Cacao. He is one of the newly ordained and priests appointed to the Ghana Region. He works at Queen of Peace Parish Madina as an Associate Parish Priests.
For him, his short pastoral experience in Ghana was an eye opener. This made him to say that community life affects the totality of a missionary, not only his being as a person but also his ministry. For that matter, a community can be seen as a school of Gospel values, a privileged place of forgiveness, a home of togetherness and belongingness and a room for one heart and one soul. Therefore, to evangelize is not only to convince, but to give witness that Jesus Christ is alive. He called on each of us to be real witnesses of the word by doing and acting differently through the compassion we first feel in our communities.
According to him, we should not dream of a community without difficulties and conflicts rather, every community must tolerate conflicts. He therefore advised communities not to behave like the priest or the Levite in the Parable of the Good Samaritan who passed by, but rather in the face of conflicts, we should be wise and look for means of resolving them; instead of sowing the seed of gossip in our communities. That is the temptation of not speaking to the other in his face, considering this as being diplomatic, and using clerical language.
So if we have the humble heart and mind, we will come to realize precisely what type of gift our community offers: The type that leads deep into the mystery of forgiveness. An African term “UBUNTU’ often used by Nelson Mandela, well explained the concept of belonginess- “I AM BECAUSE OF YOU”.
As brothers in the same Society with the same objective, we should avoid the temptation of sometimes being more connected or attached to the outside world rather than our own community: Finding joy and happiness outside our own communities. Let us always remember that before being “brothers” in the greater community we are first brothers in the Society of African Missions. We are the sons of Bresillac. Even if we are different in colors, language, and race, we are the same, having ONE HEART and ONE SOUL, ONE DESIRE and ONE MISSION to serve the Lord with Joy.