father_karl_216Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I spoke last week of generosity: of that spirit of generosity that transforms not only your life but the lives of the people around you. I often think of an Kenyan sister I knew who worked in a small mission hospital in a place called Kobujoi in Nandi Kenya.

Kobujoi was my first appointment in Kenya. It was on a hill at about 7000 feet above sea level, a beautiful spot on the edge of the great Rift Valley. Sister Elisabeth was matron of the small mission hospital. She had entered the Sisters of St Joseph out of Primary School and was one of the early members of the congregation. She had a deep faith and a smile was never far from her face. She had trained as a midwife and had over the years developed many other nursing skills. She had a heart of gold and was available night and day to those she served.

Many a time she came knocking on my window in the middle of the night because one of her patients needed to be brought to a bigger hospital because of a serious complication. Her presence and her attitude to people brought many none Christians to the faith. She was not out there preaching from the rooftops but her life and service gave witness to what she believed. People like her change lives by their generous spirit and by their smile.

Rest in peace gentle soul. May our lives continue to journey with that same generosity and joyfulness. By this shall all know that you are my disciples? Love one another.

Pray for me as I pray for you,
Fr Karl