Let morality prevail on campus

From Catholic News, Trinidad Sunday September 6, 2015 

Bishop Malzaire urges UWI students:

University students need a religious support group to see them through their tertiary education, says Bishop Gabriel

Bishop Gabriel Malzaire, AEC liaison to the Catholic Students’ Movement in the Caribbean.

Malzaire. He is the liaison between the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) and the Catholic Students’ Movement (CSM), which has clubs on the three campuses of the University of the West Indies (UWI).

The Bishop of the diocese of Roseau made the comment during an interview conducted by Secretary of the CSM Service Team at UWI’s St Augustine campus, Anna-Marie Le Blanc, in the run-up to the organisation’s 25th anniversary celebrations. Continue reading

Gospel Meditation for the 17th Sunday – Year B

Reflections for July are by Bishop Gabriel Malzaire, Bishop of Roseau, Dominica

As is often the case in the selection of the Sunday readings, the First and the Gospel readings are similar in orientation. The texts of this 17th Sunday are no different. They seek primarily to communicate the desire of God to feed His people. Both lessons are couched in the context of a seeming doubt about the ability of the man-of-God (in these cases Elisha and Jesus) to act on God’s behalf in bringing about the required results.

Both scenarios are situations of dire need for “bread” – the need for physical satisfaction. Even in the face of insufficiency, food is multiplied through the intercession of the man-of-God. These texts say a great deal about God in relation to the human situation of need:

  1. It tells of the absolute desire of God to bring fulfillment to His people. Miracles are only glimpses of what God has in store for the human person who desires salvation.
  2. When God gives, He gives in abundance. A superficial study of the miracles of Jesus in the Gospels, for example, indicate that restoration of any kind performed by Him was complete: bread was given in abundance, healing was always wholesome, and the miracles over nature were assuring. Those instances of God’s direct intervention into the human condition always engendered feelings of joy, peace, contentment, satisfaction, fulfillment and hope.

It is so important that we put greater focus on the purpose of the miracle rather then the physical change itself. Admittedly, this is not so easy for a generation which is constantly “looking for a sign“. In both texts, the focus of the man-of-God was to get the people to simply give even from the little they had. “Give it to the people to eat,” repeated Elisha; and in Jesus’ case only five barley loaves and two fish were sufficient.

It cannot be doubted that the wholesomeness of the love with which God desired to satisfy the need of His people was sufficient to multiply the loaves to the point of having left overs. From this we can learn that as believers we possess the powers to bring transformation in the lives of many without even realizing it. The love we give towards the wellbeing of our neighbor, therefore, is sufficient to engender deep changes in their lives.

Having established the above, it becomes easy to comprehend Paul’s message to the Ephesians from his prison cell. He substantiates the divine motive when he advises them “to lead a life worthy of your vocation. Bear with one another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. Do all you can to preserve the unity of the spirit by the peace that binds you together” (Eph. 4:1-3). What can more miraculous then such communal concern? What can be more joyful, more fulfilling, or more complete than our care one for another?

In a word: Love feeds all!

Let us prayer:

We thank you, Fathers, for this Sunday’s lesson which teaches us the power of giving. Your own example selfless love for us your creatures is testimony of the way we need to treat our fellow human beings. Help us be guided always by the prayer of St. Francis which reminds that it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned and in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen!

Gospel Meditation for 16th Sunday of the Year

Reflections for July are by Bishop Gabriel Malzaire, Bishop of Roseau, Dominica

Readings: Jer. 23:1-6; Eph. 2:13-18; Mk. 6:30-34

The Gospel text for this 16th Sunday has the disciples rejoining Jesus after last Sunday’s commissioning. At that reunion: “they told him all they had done and taught” (Mk 6:30). They had been sent “to preach repentance … cast out many devils and anointed many sick people with oil and cured them” (Mk. 6:12-13). Without the text mentioning it, one can deduce that there was a feeling of excitement among the disciples. Consequently, we see Jesus instructing the disciples to “come away to some lonely place all by yourself and rest for a while, for there were so many coming and going that the apostles had no time even to eat” (Mk. 6:31). Continue reading

Gospel Meditation of the 15th Sunday of Year B

Reflections for July are by Bishop Gabriel Malzaire, Bishop of Roseau, Dominica

Amos 7:12-15; Eph. 1:3-14;   Mk. 6:7-13

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, the readings of this 15th Sunday of the Year focus on the Church’s missionary vocation. It is very clear in all three texts, albeit in different ways, that the Church exists for that very purpose. Continue reading

Gospel Meditation for the 14th Sunday of Year B

malzaire2Reflections for July are by Bishop Gabriel Malzaire, Bishop of Roseau, Dominica

Ezel. 2:2-5; 2;  Cor.12:7-10; Mk 6:1-6

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, all three protagonists in the lessons for this 14th Sunday liturgy: Ezekiel, Paul and Jesus, are shown to be ministering in the amidst of great opposition. From this perspective, can we conclude that opposition is a necessary or an inevitable part of the Christian journey? Perhaps a little unraveling of the text can assist in determining a conclusion and in the process help us forge a lesson for today. Continue reading

AEC now on world map – Cardinal Felix

from Catholic News – 8 March 2014

The papal representative to this region hopes the bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) will benefit from the experience and guidance of its first cardinal.

Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Nicola Girasoli made the comment at a February 26 dinner at the residence of Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau, capital of Dominica – the home country of Cardinal Kelvin Felix. The dinner was held in honour of the cardinal and followed a Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Newtown. Archbishop Girasoli recalled that he met “Archbishop Felix” in 2006 when the latter visited Zambia and was a guest at the Nuncio’s residence. He said “in many ways” Cardinal Felix reflected Pope Francis’ style of leadership and how he witnessed to his Catholic faith. He urged the clergy, religious and the faithful of the diocese of Roseau to “love him and always support him”. In brief remarks, Cardinal Felix expressed gratitude to the diocese and the Dominica Government for the celebratory dinner. He thanked the Nuncio for his recommendations to the Holy See which contributed to his appointment as a cardinal. “It has put the AEC and Dominica, as it were, on the world map,” he remarked.

 

Immediately upon Cardinal Felix’s arrival at the church, Fr Godfrey Tarimo approached him for a blessing.
Immediately upon Cardinal Felix’s arrival at the church, Fr Godfrey Tarimo approached him for a blessing. Continue reading

Nuncio on Cardinals Felix & Langlois: Best churchmen of the Caribbean

from Catholic News Saturday, 08 March 2014 22:15

 

More than 1,700 persons squeezed into the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries or huddled in tents outside for a Mass last Sunday to celebrate Kelvin Cardinal Felix’s recent induction into the College of CardinalsThe new Caribbean cardinals – Chibly Cardinal Langlois and Kelvin Cardinal Felix – in Rome shortly after the February 22 consistory. Photo Msgr Patrick AnthonyThe new Caribbean cardinals – Chibly Cardinal Langlois and Kelvin Cardinal Felix – in Rome shortly after the February 22

consistory. Photo Msgr Patrick Anthony Continue reading