Pauperes Evangelizantur

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Indonesian Province & 40th year of the Presence of the Oblates in Indonesia

(Publishing Year 2013, 236 pages)

Evangelizare pauperibus misit me is at the soul of the groups of Oblates from different nationalities and which is becoming fully present in Indonesia. A group of Australian Oblates came and started working in Java in 1972, in the diocese of Purwokerto, and a couple of years later, also settled in the Archdiocese of Semarang and the Archdiocese of Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. In 1977, the two separate groups of Oblates, namely French and Italian, set foot on the island of Borneo: one in the East, in the Archdiocese of Samarinda, and one in the West in the Diocese of Sintang. Most were Oblates who had been expelled from Laos, due to political reasons. They were searching for a place similar to Laos within Asia and found Borneo/Kalimantan to harbor their missionary hearts (p. 44-52).

Separately, in their respective delegations, they worked hard with and for the people until they began to discern the possibility of merging and forming a single Oblate province. The processes began with several sessions, meetings, and retreats. Finally, with the approval of the General Administration, a vice-province of Indonesia was born on May 21, 1993. This solemn moment was realized in the presence of then-Father General Marcello Zago, and Father Angelito Lampon, at that time the counselor of Asia-Oceania (p. 53-62).

What is the core mission of the Oblates? Our Founder, St. Eugene de Mazenod, invited all his sons to live in community as brothers and then work zealously outside of it for the salvation of souls. By living together as a community the Oblates were able to live “charity, charity, charity among us..” and so set out to spread the Gospel for the salvation of souls. Living the charism of the Founder, the Oblates choose to become “the servant and priest and brother for the poor” and give their lives wholly to them. The Oblates lead people to act like human beings, first of all, and then like Christians, and finally help them to become saints. With this mission, the Oblates live and work in countries spreading to the five continents, including within Indonesia (p. 25-43).

 

 

Etika Pastoral

Judul Buku: Etika Pastoral (Dilengkapi dengan Kode Etik)

Pengarang: Richard M. Gula, S.S.

Penerbit: Kanisius

Tahun Terbit: 2009

Tebal Buku: 244 halaman

Bacaan wajib bagi setiap pelayan pastoral. Perpaduan teori ilmiah dan pengalaman pastoral merupakan salah satu keunggulan karya ini. Paparan, arahan, batas-batas, dan strategi penting dalam pelayanan pastoral sangat menolong para pelayan tertahbis dan tak tertahbis, baik yang Katolik maupun Protestan, selama pelaksanaan tugas. Buku ini tidak hanya menyebutkan masalah-masalah tetapi juga mengindentifikasi strategi-strategi pencegahan. Suatu penemuan yang menakjubkan. (Kanisius Media)

 

 

Saint Who? - 39 Holy Unknown

Book's Title: Saint Who? 39 Holy Unknowns

Author:Brian O'Neel

Publisher: Servant Books

Publishing Year: 2012

Most of us are aware of the "famous" saints - people such as the Apostles, St. Francis, St. Therese, St. Anthony, etc., but there are a huge number of saints that very few people know anything about. Brian O'Neel sets out to rectify that (at least a little bit) by profiling thirty-nine little-known saints that have something relevant to teach us today in "Saint Who? 39 Holy Unknowns."

 

Dr. Jerome Lejeune - Through His Daughter's Eyes

The personal life and professional character of Dr. Jérôme Lejeune were a seamless garment of pro-life philosophy and action. This is what comes through in Life Is a Blessing: A Biography of Jérôme Lejeune, lovingly written by his daughter Clara Lejeune-Gaymard.

Clara describes the compassion and hope he shared with families affected by Down syndrome. People called him at any hour—day or night—for his counsel. He would drop everything to spend hours with them.

Once, while attending an international health conference at the United Nations, Dr. Lejeune was the lone pro-life voice when abortion was being debated. He asked, “Is life a fact or a desire?” and admonished his audience: “Here we see an institute of health that is turning itself into an institute of death.” That evening he wrote to his wife, “This afternoon I lost my Nobel Prize.”

In the social upheaval of the 1960s, there were some frightening moments for the Lejeune children. At the medical school where he taught, they saw terrible graffiti: “Dr. Lejeune is an assassin! Kill Dr. Lejeune! Dr. Lejeune and his little monsters must die.”

Clara laments, “He who hated no one, who always said, ‘I am not fighting people; I am fighting false ideas,’ is even today the object of unconcealed fury on the part of those who set themselves up as apostles of tolerance.”

 

Misteri Manusia dan Kehidupannya

Judul Buku: Belalang pun Ingin Memuliakan Penciptanya

Pengarah: Jalu Sumangsa

Penerbit: Kanisius, Yogyakarta

Tahun Terbit: 2012

Isi: 182 halaman

Sang Pencipta menciptakan makhluk hidup dalam kemisterianNya.  Kehidupan manusia sangat kompleks.  Banyak hal yang mungkin saja sampai saat ini tidak dapat kita mengerti.

Buku yang merupakan kelanjutan permenungan buku "Katak pun Ingin Memuliakan Penciptanya" (2011) ini, membagikan permenungan seperti berikut: "Dalam diri manusia mempunyai roh yang tidak berjenis kelamin.  Namun, roh yang berasal dari Pencipta itu mempunyai daya laki-laki dan perempuan.  Dengan menciptakan manusia sepasang, Sang Pencipta hendak menunjukkan kasihNya kepada manusia melalui tahap-tahap kehidupan manusia.  Pertama, manusia diciptakan sepasang.  Kedua, manusia yang diciptakan berpasangan ini kemudian bersatu.  Ketiga, dari kesatuan itu lahirlah manusia baru.  Keempat, lahirnya satu atau lebih anak membentuk sebuah keluarga.  Kelima, setelah diciptakan, bersatu, melahirkan manusia baru dan membentuk keluarga, manusia pada akhirnya kembali kepada Sang Pencipta.  Dengan sikap rendah hati, manusia berusaha memahami misteri ciptaan dan Penciptanya.  Tujuannya hanya sekadar usaha untuk mencari kebenaran sejati (hal. 105-106)

 

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