Saturday 11 October 2014

Josephat and his companions fighting Ebola in Liberia

The story of Josephat and his four companions - two Muslim, two Christian - who have decided to risk their lives and work in Liberia to help spread necessary knowledge that might help prevent the spread of Ebola in the remote villages. If I remember right, Michael Smyth was telling me that Josephat used to be a Salesian, and that he left to follow the call to help in Liberia. Extraordinary story, which Silvio Roggia writes about movingly in the Salesian Bulletin (Italy).

Josephat and his companions are inspired by Don Bosco during the cholera epidemic in the Turin of his days: Don Bosco who sent out his boys to help, assuring them that they would be protected by Our Lady.

A fresh page of the gospel being written today, as Roggia says. Even more wonderfully, written in a new, interreligious key. With Muslims and Christians together. But then that would not really be new, when you think of Jesus, of the parable of the Good Samaritan, how Jesus consistently cuts across tribal and 'caste' boundaries to exalt the humanity of the Samaritan.

Silvio Roggia. "Contro Ebola con il cuore di don Bosco: La storia di Josephat e dei suoi amici." Il Bolletino Salesiano, anno 138, n° 9 (ottobre 2014) 6-9.

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