Mango and flamboyant
Here in Central Africa this is an enjoyable season. We are at blossom time of the "flamboyant”. The scientific name is “Delonix regia”, a very nice tree which for two months becomes covered with red flowers. This is also the mango season, a delicious fruit, produced at an industrial scale by majestic trees. Mango seems created on purpose by the Providence, because it comes in the period between the dry and the rainy season, in which somewhat the food is in short supply.
We are living a very busy week because of catechism tests. Sunday, May 1st we will celebrate the Baptisms. Saturday, Monday and Tuesday afternoon I’ll dedicate my time to the adults, youth and kids who at present are catechumens. From 3.00pm to 7.00pm they’ll undergo to a real examination in which I want to reassure myself that they know at least a bit of our faith and most of all that they wish to receive the Sacrament of Baptism not because it’s a tradition, but because they really want to. I like to feel in their hearts and to see in their eyes a sparkling hunger for God and His love.
The work of our friends from Prague members of Siriri.Org during these days is going on. Their project "Learning by playing” is proving to be a success, and we are thinking how to expand it to other schools. Wednesday and Thursday I take them to Bouar, along with Mario and Luigina. The journey (250 km between Bozoum and Bouar) is fairly quiet. We meet a large convoy (at least 300 large trucks) that from Cameroon goes to Bangui. They too are travelling their own way.
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Le couvent de St.Elie à Bouar