Namugongo - Kira Town, Kampala Uganda
Don Bosco Child And Life Mission - CALM
Grey hair portrays wisdom. In the days of yore our great grandparents would sit around a fire place and narrate educative stories to the youngsters. These stories made them very brave and determined to face the future. They were taught how to overcome difficulties and thereafter instill good into them. However, it’s sad that everything has vanished and perished in the wilderness. We began to wait for a renaissance which I think to be a dream.
In the early years of the 19th Century, there was a young gentleman named John Melchior Bosco. Through sheer hard work and persistent studies he was ordained a Priest for abandoned youth. He eventually came up with the idea of The Oratory where he could gather them on a Sunday for Christian upbringing. He gave ample time for games apart from music and Sunday instruction. But a singular feature of the day was “The Good-Night-Talk” before the boys could head for slumber. And to this day the Salesians of Don Bosco have been faithful to this Tradition of the Good Night. Is this not the renaissance I have been dreaming of?
This is a typical Sunday Mass at Don Bosco CALM-Kira. Our boys are in their best attire. Outsiders; men, women and children dressed in colorful outfits also join us in the Eucharistic Worship. Gradually our beautiful Chapel of Don Bosco, a marvel to behold at fills up. The hymn is sung and the eyes are turned to the procession that comes in. In comparison with all other churches, at Don Bosco CALM everyone participates in the singing bit the choristers or the congregation and this makes the Mass our own Mass. The faithful always erupt into singing to the top of their voices to the accompaniment of the piano, guitar and drums.
Suddenly the faithful feel sorry for their sins thereafter comes the Word of the Lord where Jesus Christ talks to us Himself through the Priest. The Word touches our hearts and calls for our spiritual transition. Nevertheless some words make us smile or even laugh because they seem interesting.