Monday, September 20, 2010

Watches, Time, and Ugali

"In America, you have watches: Here, we have time."
(Father Bernard, Kenya)

"A Taste of Africa," last Saturday after Mass, was more of a crash course in Kenyan table etiquette and culture than a chance to establish personal connections with David and Benina, the folks who were visiting from Kenya.

Which is okay by me.

I'd have considered it time well spent, if all I'd walked away with was that quote.

I'm a Catholic - but I'm also an American. I grew up in this country, and absorbed much of the culture. Although I'm all too aware of details that need to be changed, on the whole I think that America, and the way we get things done, is okay.

On the other hand, I also know that folks in many parts of the world aren't nearly as time-conscious and twitchy as we are. And I think that's okay, too. (August 26, 2010)

Getting Together With Folks From Another Parish

David, someone from this parish, and Benina, and the pulpit in Our Lady of the Angels. September 18, 2010.

I'm glad I went. I now know what ugali tastes like (delicious), know that the maize paste reminds me of something from childhood, and took a few photos. A tip of the hat to Erik Rivers, who took this picture: I'm the bald guy in the center of the picture, and am used to being on the other side of the lens.

Benina and folks from the parish in Our Lady of the Angels basement. September 18, 2010.

(That photo shows a very uniform, homogeneous group of people. We're all Catholic.)

Ugali. Maize paste and greens. Delicious. Our Lady of the Angels basement. September 18, 2010.

I don't know how much Saturday's get-together will count in the particular judgment of each of us. It's a little hard to imagine that what happened in the basement of that central Minnesota parish church will have all that much impact: either on this world, or on the world to come.

But I think it was worth spending time from a few minutes after six to about 7:40 p.m. or so (we ran longer than planned). I've learned a bit more about how my fellow-Catholics live, in their parish in western Kenya. And I've got a prayer opportunity: but that's a topic for another post.

Related posts:

No comments:

Like it? Pin it, Plus it, - - -

Pinterest: My Stuff, and More


Unique, innovative candles

Visit us online:
Spiral Light CandleFind a Retailer
Spiral Light Candle Store

Popular Posts

Label Cloud

1277 abortion ADD ADHD-Inattentive Adoration Chapel Advent Afghanistan Africa America Amoris Laetitia angels animals annulment Annunciation anti-catholicism Antichrist apocalyptic ideas apparitions archaeology architecture Arianism art Asperger syndrome assumptions asteroid astronomy Australia authority balance and moderation baptism being Catholic beliefs bias Bible Bible and Catechism bioethics biology blogs brain Brazil business Canada capital punishment Caritas in Veritate Catechism Catholic Church Catholic counter-culture Catholicism change happens charisms charity Chile China Christianity Christmas citizenship climate change climatology cloning comets common good common sense Communion community compassion confirmation conscience conversion Corpus Christi cosmology creation credibility crime crucifix Crucifixion Cuba culture dance dark night of the soul death depression designer babies despair detachment devotion discipline disease diversity divination Divine Mercy divorce Docetism domestic church dualism duty Easter economics education elections emotions England entertainment environmental issues Epiphany Establishment Clause ethics ethnicity Eucharist eugenics Europe evangelizing evolution exobiology exoplanets exorcism extremophiles faith faith and works family Father's Day Faust Faustus fear of the Lord fiction Final Judgment First Amendment forgiveness Fortnight For Freedom free will freedom fun genetics genocide geoengineering geology getting a grip global Gnosticism God God's will good judgment government gratitude great commission guest post guilt Haiti Halloween happiness hate health Heaven Hell HHS hierarchy history holidays Holy Family Holy See Holy Spirit holy water home schooling hope humility humor hypocrisy idolatry image of God images Immaculate Conception immigrants in the news Incarnation Independence Day India information technology Internet Iraq Ireland Israel Italy Japan Jesus John Paul II joy just war justice Kansas Kenya Knights of Columbus knowledge Korea language Last Judgment last things law learning Lent Lenten Chaplet life issues love magi magic Magisterium Manichaeism marriage martyrs Mary Mass materialism media medicine meditation Memorial Day mercy meteor meteorology Mexico Minnesota miracles Missouri moderation modesty Monophysitism Mother Teresa of Calcutta Mother's Day movies music Muslims myth natural law neighbor Nestorianism New Year's Eve New Zealand news Nietzsche obedience Oceania organization original sin paleontology parish Parousia penance penitence Pentecost Philippines physical disability physics pilgrimage politics Pope Pope in Germany 2011 population growth positive law poverty prayer predestination presumption pride priests prophets prostitution Providence Purgatory purpose quantum entanglement quotes reason redemption reflections relics religion religious freedom repentance Resurrection robots Roman Missal Third Edition rosaries rules sacramentals Sacraments Saints salvation schools science secondary causes SETI sex shrines sin slavery social justice solar planets soul South Sudan space aliens space exploration Spain spirituality stem cell research stereotypes stewardship stories storm Sudan suicide Sunday obligation superstition symbols technology temptation terraforming the establishment the human condition tolerance Tradition traffic Transfiguration Transubstantiation travel Trinity trust truth uncertainty United Kingdom universal destination of goods vacation Vatican Vatican II veneration vengeance Veterans Day videos virtue vlog vocations voting war warp drive theory wealth weather wisdom within reason work worship writing

Marian Apparition: Champion, Wisconsin

Background:Posts in this blog: In the news:

What's That Doing in a Nice Catholic Blog?

From time to time, a service that I use will display links to - odd - services and retailers.

I block a few of the more obvious dubious advertisers.

For example: psychic anything, numerology, mediums, and related practices are on the no-no list for Catholics. It has to do with the Church's stand on divination. I try to block those ads.

Sometime regrettable advertisements get through, anyway.

Bottom line? What that service displays reflects the local culture's norms, - not Catholic teaching.