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I have been a guest speaker in many parts of the world. But no invitation has been more surprising, or has benefitted me more, than a recent one right here in Nairobi. Two of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity (one Indian, one Croatian) came to invite me to give a talk to the Formators of their novices, because - surprise upon surprise - they use my Man and Values in their Novitiate (and also The Lawless People of God?). So I went to their main place in the Nairobi Huruma slums, and, along with seeing the impressive work they are doing there, had a very lively discussion of an hour and a half centered on the topic of Freedom and Commitment.
Someone might possibly describe my book as written for "intellectuals" (I have never done so). I doubt that the Missionaries of Charity would call themselves intellectuals. Be it so; but I have seldom come across such wise and generous persons, dedicating themselves joyfully to the poorest of the poor. I came back enriched. They are now more than ever in my prayers; and I, they have told me, will be in theirs. Further enrichment.
Committed freedom, covenanted commitment; and the joy that the Lord gives to those who, with his help, are intelligently and determinedly generous.
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By the way, Man and Values itself is now presented on the site in a new and re-edited format. And I thank Italian readers who have noticed crossed node-connections in the article on the ‟Remedium Concupiscentiae‟. This has now been put right.
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