Oblate Voices is a JPIC blog that follows stories of hope and is about how Oblates and associates live and experience mission work in the spirit of the Oblate founder, St Eugene De Mazenod of responding to the needs of poor and most abandoned around the world.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
A while ago I went to two different stores looking for cleaning supplies, gloves, disinfectant wipes and soap. Somehow, while at the grocery store I slowly began to fill my cart with pantry items that will last a month, including over 10 pounds of assorted dry beans!
It's hard to know exactly what to do right now, and things are changing daily. It's easy to let the imagination get out of hand even though I know that staying calm and maintaining good mental health is important to my overall health. Easier said than done!
What I do know is that a healthy community is sustained, in part, by the meals they are able to access and the quality of nourishment in those meals.
A few weeks ago I participated in a training of climate justice activists. We all introduced our respective organizations and the work that we do. I was really inspired by our sister Claudia, an organizer with FWAF (the Farmworker Association of Florida) who ended her presentation with this quote:
"In your lifetime, you might need a lawyer one time. In a calendar year, maybe you need a doctor once. But three times a day you need a farmer."
At Three Part Harmony Farm, our slogan has always been "Food As Medicine. Food As Culture. Food for our Future."
Now more than ever, I feel that food as medicine part.
Please know that our team is thinking about everyone during this time and we are right there with you, reading and thinking and talking about how the coronavirus and its disease, COVID-19 have upended all of our lives. We wanted to let you know that we are acutely aware of how important local food security is at this time, and we plan to do our part to provide that to our community, as always, but with added vigilance.
Please stay at home when you can. Enjoy the outdoors for fresh air but with a safe distance.
Monday, February 10, 2020
Fr. Thomas Bang, OMI
CAMEROON: Giving life to displaced people