AFRICA: THE EXPERIENCE OF A MISSIONARY IN DJIBOUTI, "SMALL OASES IN THE MIDST OF ISLAM" (2)

Father Zilio reveals that "covering over 200 km to officiate Mass with a group of five, six or at most fifteen people adds value to my priesthood". After all, he adds, "here there’s the desert and some oases: the tiny communities of Christians, where it is essential to get deep down to the roots of one’s faith". Thinking of Italy, the missionary is saddened at seeing that "a dangerous golden rule seems to be spreading nowadays: withdrawing into one’s personal interests. Rejecting other peoples’ differences. Losing the sense of serving a community as a whole, beyond any personal interest. Taking care after all of one’s interests. Here instead one understands that life is worthy because it becomes a gift. Not to one’s people. But to immensely different people. Who immensely need us".

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