The Voice of Father Aldo
Every Man is a ray of God
I said to the elderly: Peace is up to you, in your hand, you are the masters of peace because you know the blessing of God when you work for peace. You know the costumes, you know how things are intertwined and you must continually find out what needs to be done! I have a program to help you to make peace. I will help with food, with the trucks to reach the various maniate (villages) and explain to them what is peace. But whites know what?What about NGOs? It 'better than asking them the money and pay you, who are masters of peace! But it's up to you.
I can not give advice or method, or with the program, nor where or when. You have to choose you. If peace is good, you have to work. You know better than me. And you have to educate the Church to live the costumes of peace. Every people has its religion, its traditions, a divine wisdom that no one can destroy. You should always learn from a culture, a tribe, accept what they have received. We have the Old Testament, the history of the Jews ...
But all people have a promised land (the donkey of Balaam, who was a stranger, prophesied for Israel). All have had the Old Testament, all of us have, we must find out! The Second Vatican Council, which then was destroyed, said: "When you go in the midst of a people looking for the seeds of the Gospel" ... We are proud and we believe we know everything that we do not know anything! Because every people has its own costumes and essays could teach us all that we went in the faculties of psychology, sociology and philosophy. A pokot despised by all asked me: "but we also have the soul?". His soul is equal to that of Moses, Elijah ...
As a Christian I have to discover the man as he lived, as he passed the difficulties, as he won with the strength of whom? With the power of God! That strength is not ours, we never have more, but you must find out "that" force. This is the mission! Without the seeds of the Gospel, we can all return home. Today the market Malasso there were ten municipalities, even the worst enemies of pokot were able to sell their property, have come closer as brothers.
A climate of true peace. Below is a huge amount of work on the villages of origin. The culture of peace now lies and we have arrived through hunger, wars and famine leading to destruction.
They know how to be leaders of their progress ... if there is not a religion schifosa that blocks! Religion is not a sedative! (hodovuto then take valium too ...). I said when I was in the FIOM and they told me that the current weight was a Christian!
The story of Charles. As a child I saved from the tusks of elephants and I gave him the chance to study .. After the secondary hewas in Nairobi and has followed a course of special mechanic at a major German company, now is technical Mararal District, responsible for all transport and monitors public buildings: schools, kindergartens, dormitories.
But my kids find them everywhere. Six councilors have become. Julias L. is chairman of the district. But there are many, many, even I do not know how many. Several are also police. When you find it, just that they speak and "go, go, go ...." Many teachers! There is also one that is about to become a Protestant bishop, he comes to visit me and pray together ... is together Catholics and Protestants! I lent the books to study. I presented it at Ramponi father: "Help, even if it is Protestant."
A few days before his death, Father Aldo has issued - with great difficulty, but with an extraordinary lucidity - some interviews where we asked to help us recognize the deep sense of its mission in Africa. We have collected the answers and here we share with all friends.
I did explain the Gospel.
I've never pushed to become Catholic. When he told me: "I go to the seminar," I asked him: "But you really calling?" "Yes" then go! "
I do not go against the choice of man. I have always made them study. You must do this if you want to save the people, the environment, peace. Wants peace progress, progress want peace.
January 25 2008, Conversion of St. Paul: last mass at Morija.
I told them that St. Paul was in darkness and God has thrown down from his horse and gave him the light. With that light began to love God and men, and understand that every man is God, is a ray of God! The light came into him when he found God and discovered human beings. He found God in men, in humans. And 'God has spoken. Then I said: When you say to be at peace unless you do it with the light of God within you, you bring death, the dark because your good comes from the mouth, not from the heart. You must give your heart, then brought the life given to him. Because if you are in darkness, you're off (... and I marked 'sibiwa-off'). You can not give your life if you are turned off. And if one is off, you can give him some help? No.
We must be alive, living in the heart, take care. If you do not have light, you will not see why the wife under the appearance of a creature of God, as you'll see the passion, to be exploited, a creature to control, dominate. You will not ever married her husband, you see someone who gives you money ...
I said then, there is another issue: the issue
the name of God God can not ever know because all religions do not have "the name of God How do we know the name of God? The name of God is in the creatures we encounter. If we have a ray of light in the heart will find God in the creatures ... think how far we are from those who kill! A Moses said: "I am who I was." But Moses wants the name. What I say to Pharaoh? "Ico" sent me?. I can not say 'I am, "I want the name. God did not name Then came Jesus, has sent the apostles to preach to all creatures, without specifying colors, Africans, whites, blacks, in what language ... He said "Go and preach"
And yet I did the speech of the key, if one has the light, has the key to discover the mysterious things: discover God in the other, discover the programs of peace, love for men, discovers avereuna of strength, intelligence huge. Opens, sees the whole universe together. Do not forget: The key is your heart when it is illuminated by God! It is not beautiful? I do not know how I get these pictures.
He can not have a name, it is what it is, is "Ico, who is". We are "on ico", not living, he is the only living person. We were created, we are not living, we are off, we are dead. He is what he is. It 'good that we know that it can not touch God with your hands, God monopolize If one had discovered the name of God ...
Continue to find out with the good heart in every living thing: we must find out.
One that works, if it does not have these ideas, does nothing, does not comply, Baruffa ... I do not find the parents and children unless we can never find love, are always a burden. Instead, if you discover, you give Reflections inside ... ... I am sick, I know ...
The wisdom is to discover the world. The key ...
E-mail of Father Aldo from Morijo by GPS system
Here you can read some of the email (only means of communication via satellite phone available to) that Father Aldo Vettori sent regularly to the association to tell the story of his village.
From: Father Aldo Date: Friday, May 30 - 2003 - Subject: Who can be saved
Dear all, after a month of awareness with all groups of mothers in the various villages, we thought a gesture of solidarity with those widows left without her husband killed by an attack of marauding and stripped of all the livestock. Sunday, June 1 will carry Sh.40.000 to buy at least 4 cows for these widows with children over 20. Then try with the elderly to organize a group of young people for the security of this area so much tried by continuing attacks. The group will consist of 12 persons: 6 Samburu and Turkana 6 that will control about twenty kilometers of road, protecting the workers who must get at least 10,000 blocks of stone for the program to Marti and to build the school Poro that we hope to build as soon as possible. This solidarity will have a strong impact throughout the district, hoping that it is enough to create peace and to return all the people. The day of Pentecost, then we go with the trucks and the mothers of Morija Marti by mothers in Turkana and make a party, a meeting reception to collapse barriers and feel together as true brothers. Even the boys school and Marti Morija want to do a party together with sport and for each other as human beings and Christians. I greet you P. Aldo no longer leave in peace!
Date: Saturday, June 01, 2003 8:00 PM
Dear all, Marti today been accepted as brothers. With the collection that we have collected in all villages of Mission 6 Morija purchase milk cows for the three women widowed with children over 20 and left without livestock after the attack of the Pokot. Now we are helping a woman to whom the wound had to amputate his legs. Sunday feast of Pentecost we agape Marti peace with all the women and Morija Baragoi. We will be 500 people. A Lesidai there were more than 1,000 people of all religious denominations, we have pledged to work with all the means to build peace between the tribes, with the love that God gives us, able to demolish any kind of barrier. Your P. Aldo
Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2003 9:33 PM
Dear you and all friends of our association, I am passing a period of intense efforts so breathtaking to any person in such a rate that I can not understand how can I resist, especially in this month with dozens of workers who arrive by all parties to build schools. They are poor scheletriti by long fasting and abstinence that would do any work to find the possibility of a po 'di polenta day without salt, to dampen the hungry. How can I abandon them? The process of peace-Morija Marti was a successful one. All the districts around as they speak of a true miracle, but they must understand that it is only the beginning of the process begun with much enthusiasm. A long journey of relations of solidarity, friendship and dialogue we have continually attentive to all the circumstances that Providence gives us to work together. Last Sunday, Christians of Marti have accepted those Morija like a wedding feast of the Community. I left a Marti aid worth € 70 for this meeting, but have prepared meat and rice for all and Morija people came with almost 100 liters of milk to make you. They all ate, sang, danced, prayed and rejoiced at satiety. Now we are organizing a group of young people able to watch the area of 25 kilometers without guns. Will be called the guardians of peace. They will pay a certain amount for them and for their family. Meanwhile we are repairing the school Marti who was collapsing with the danger of crushing schoolchildren and teachers. We are opening the factory stones Morija us to strive to build a house for a father and put a little 'their church Stones will work with a group of young people and help to build the school will put. I have already ordered 10,000. Tomorrow, then, is the bishop for 5 days, we have prepared a roadmap for working to give the confirmations and meet the community beyond the borders of all borders, religions and tribes. It will be an effort not easy, but it is so interesting and fun, especially for the meeting we have with the Christians of the most savage tribes of Africa: the Pokot. Your P. Aldo wants to resist at any cost.
Date: Tuesday, June 16 2003 5:51 PM Subject: after a pastoral visit
Dear all, I was a busy week with the bishop in a pastoral visit to 8 in 4 villages and there were confirmations. He has lived with us the spirit of reconciliation that we are living among Morija and Marti, which means all the Samburu and Turkana. In all his sermons, did highlight the strength of the Faith and the Spirit that sustains them. He accepted the invitation to come to Morija Sunday 6 July. The community of Turkana Marti, will Morija the grass with a sign of peace and there will be welcomed as brothers by the Samburu from all the villages in procession, singing hymns of peace with arms in hand. Almost certainly will be present all the local authorities and journalists. We have already started the dialogue with the Pokot to make peace with the Samburu and Turkana after years of tribal war. Do not think that peace talks only of prayers, songs and dances with a lot of meat and rice to eat, this comes after a period of preparation that works of solidarity, dialogue continues, ensuring the forgiveness and the true brotherhood of the Faith and Love True, with a commitment to continue to help with any needs and not feel more isolated as strangers and enemies. Marti of the community we work to make the stones and to open a small market. At my former catechist Turkana of Marti, William that you know, we have offered to help take the license and then, with the help of all, try to buy a machine-land rover second hand, and he is committed to pay at least part, so Marti will no longer be left to itself. As you can see the peace not only of words but of real facts and working continuously. All this costs us all kinds of hardships, a human with the fear of many risks, but Faith does not know defeat. I will ask whether failure to retire. With much gratitude to you and all our group ONLUS P. Aldo.
Date: Monday, 23 June 2003 8:02 PM - Subject: Operation Peace
Dear all, the peace process so far is going very well. If the enthusiasm has gone on this pace, a Morija on 6 July we will have more than 1,000 people without counting the people of Morija and authorities. Tomorrow will be the Bishop to see how we can accommodate so many people. It will also present a considerable number of the Pokot tribe warrior. Today I went to see the remains of the Church of Nbukoy reduced to minimal terms. We were able to make a meeting with the Samburu and Turkana warriors who have pledged to live together and to control the territory without using guns. Already the group has cut stones at work tomorrow and will meet with the warriors to agree to live with security, helping each other. They are all excited, moved and filled with hope to be builders of peace. I too am very excited that the Lord has given us so much joy, but I think that anyone working for peace may live. P. Aldo
Date: Thursday, June 26 2003 6:06 PM - Subject: peace buoyant
Dear, thanks for your solidarity in a very important time as we are experiencing all of us and Morija Marti, involving all the tribes of the district and all religions, guilty of a dark past of fear and death and all d 'agreement to meet and give himself a per-case. A true miracle of the Faith when it found a corner in the heart of humans. A few hours ago I had the membership of the Muslims, who will attend the meeting of Peace Sunday 6 July. The Bishop is running with his motion to invite more people as possible, even from Barsaloi. How do to accommodate 2,000 people at Morija and give everyone a plate of food? Providence always there and all are mobilized. I will be able to resist? At this because I think there are full of joy like never before. I know only that in this period, I dropped 4 pounds, the pulse is 65 keystrokes per minute, the maximum remains at 100, are not as physically strong, but I try to stand all the time especially when I can take arthritis. Program for peace we can not afford to lose a step and should recover immediately any error. The guardians of Peace 7 young Samburu and Turkana 7 couples, after having done so bad for years, are living together the honeymoon of Peace. The cars passing by on the road carrying a lot of people who now flies the hands of warriors for peace, whereas before, they also fired at police. Everyone says that is a true miracle, but you must pray that this continues to be in the hands of the Lord and not in the hands of the poor frail human beings. We try to prevent young people to keep away from the interests of dirty politicians and arms dealers notorious for not being manipulated by anyone ever to be real men and a free service of Peace and Justice for Life and Love of all. Friday and Saturday, the warriors of peace will lead to 3 Marti widows with 23 children, 6 cows already purchased with the collection of offerings between Christians Morija. The work of the Church of Marti came to the roof and the school is already building the refectory making various repairs. Thanks so grateful to Dr. Panciera and Dr. Cazzaro for their involvement. Quanta Providence! What should I be afraid? P. Aldo
Date: Monday, 30 June 2003 4:09 PM - Subject: News
Dear friends, the latest news of the "Project Peace" is wonderful, because throughout the Samburu and Turkana district affected by the program Morija are reconciled by all parties and the Pokot want to come at peace with the bishop to Morija. It seems that everything is in turmoil and that all want to do and Peace program in a permanent communication and solidarity in the wake indicated by Morija. In this way there will be no room for hate each and kill, but to live a true Peace Love and Faith Christian. Be close with prayer, we are boiling with joy. P. Aldo
Date: Saturday, November 15, 2003 8:39 PM - Subject: Peace in boiling
Dear all family and friends, after meeting a peace Lesidai with a dell'ambasciata Marti with the Samburu, Turkana and Pokot is putiferio a success in every corner of the district. The cause of peace now involves most of the poor people more than 90%. He also raised the issue of division of land, pasture and all the interests of politicians and all the Boss, who are only a few people rich. So has the government had to intervene with all its departments, jumping from one corner of the district, to find matches for the bandolo and lead all to peace. The basic problem shows us that the real enemies and the continued fight tribal thieves are rich and unscrupulous. It will see the beautiful! Want to hear the latest: I would like to Pokot and take rapirmi the Father to do with each other. The most important boss telephoned the bishop not to move, lest it has the consent of all. The prefect of the district has invited me to visit him. We will go Tuesday. Everyone wants peace, but not all that true. It 'sure what time I can not move, but I have to make everything possible to continue to boil without respite wood and I am not missing. I have all my columns in full swing and the Spirit blowing. Your P. Aldo.
Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2003 7:36 PM - Subject: Updates in progress
Dear all, these days I had the meeting with the Prefect and was very cordial and helpful. Has assured me that anything that relates to the peace, permits for the construction of schools and any other problem, the great pleasure to inform you if and what we may be near. The peace process is still in full swing and go forward with joy inertial received by the strong push by the Christian communities and Morija Marti, spread inside and outside of the whole district, giving a jolt to all the social problems and recalling all of their responsibilities for justice and peace. The work ahead is without limits of space and time, and my shoulders are collapsing under the blows of a horrible way that I have to go every day, but the heart is resistant to any type of test, physical, moral and spiritual. A true grace that transforms the joys and pains in the efforts to build peace for all the poor people is out of himself with joy! Thank you hear neighbors! P. Aldo.
Date: Friday, 04 July 2003 9:17 PM - Subject: Peace at any price
Dear friends, thank you that you are close to me at this time. All over the district and is considering Morija and the "Program for Permanent Peace" unprecedented and unique. Will be people from Nairobi, journalists, photographers. With the presence of all the Christian communities of the three tribes including my ex Barsaloi and of all religious dominations, including the Muslim brothers The Prefect and all the authorities are as Christians. The Bishop will arrive at 16 tomorrow with a group of Pokot. With women, we imbastito a stage under the big water tank and the arch at the entrance of Peace, all built by mothers with branches, flowers and all the rags that we found. It will depart from the Church in procession, accompanied by guardians of peace, with a flower or a twig and make a lap around the entire collection of water and then enter the stage of flowers and we will celebrate the Holy Mass. It is estimated that we will be about 2,000 people and more. All communities have offered 2 kids now and everyone has worked to prepare the food and drinks for everyone. Peace at any cost! Cost what it costs, because peace is priceless. P. Aldo
Date: Sunday, 06 July 2003 8:52 PM - Subject: we lived peace
Dear friends, today we have experienced something unforgettable. They arrived at Morija over 3,500 people from around the Samburu district to meet the brothers of Faith Turkana of Marti. Were present all the local authorities, any religious denomination and a good presence of Pokot of Almaya, led by our Bishop Pante with their Protestant pastor. The boys and girls schools have played and sung by background trauma experienced during the long years of struggle tribal: grief, pain, suffering, fear, like a long night without stars, without the moon, always running away, falling from hunger and stripped of everything, including the school. These small beings have also torn tears from hearts of stone. All moved and filled with joy as he had not ever seen. Every now and recite the song said, because his father Aldo that you brought us peace. I am not telling you I have two wet handkerchiefs, perhaps no one has noticed, but my heart broke. The bishop continued to thank me for this pastoral beyond the border where time and space lose their value. There were a number of fathers present Barsaloi, Baragoi, Maralal and all were a compliment, but not aware of all the strategies and coordination we have and we continue to build, because we all feel committed and involved in this project where l 'Amore goes beyond human limits.
Perhaps we are lucky because we have photos and even a movie that could be brought to television and newspapers. P. Aldo
Date: Saturday, 06 September 2003 10:02 PM - Subject: Special bulletin
Peace special bulletin of the day from 06/09/2003 Morija Marti, Baragoi, Lesidai,
Dear friends, I hope that the programs have received about the peace talks so you can realize what kind of commitment we have embarked, involving people, tribes, religions. A program of reconciliation, inspired by heaven, that fascinates and disturbs empty customs and cultures and inconsistent for them to become vital forces in the service of human beings wonderful spectacle for all. "Saturday is for man and not man for the Saturday" so become their costumes, up to now unbearable weight, the main tribal struggles and all kinds of misery and failure. Today we celebrated the Holy Mass Market in the center of Samburu Lesidai bringing the offering of the Christian community in a poor family of 7 children, robbed and abandoned to herself and her husband wounded and disabled. I am accompanied by the sentinels of peace and surrounded by some Pokot warriors, we celebrated the Holy Mass. Meeting, so, together, face to face, the most ferocious predators of the three neighboring tribes, reconciled and repented. When they went to deliver the 5 sheep that poor disabled man, all mothers have compassion on the tears, singing and thanking God for being able to enjoy so much joy and unpublished unthinkable. After S. Mass remembering the victims of the tribal struggles of all the tribes, we went to dinner together with the Pokot reconciled, acknowledging brothers, kind and available for any other match. One of their elderly Pokot came to me in secret and almost begged me not to leave them alone more, but to help them meet often, because they feel left to themselves and only meeting will strengthen the friendship and build peace. Cost what it costs, although you can meet new brothers and sisters we will stop anyone, is too good and too important. P. Aldo
Date: Sunday, 14 September 2003 9:22 PM - Subject: the latest news of peace
Dear all, the project continues peace without ever leaving empty points, but always vigilant with our sentinels of peace and all those who have committed to work on roads, to cut stones and open markets villages. There are still several meetings to organize a Barsaloi, Pora with Pokot, under Baragoi where two weeks ago, the Pokot have killed two young Turkana and wounded three others with several bullets to extract that we had to send them to the hospital for Wamba. With much regret the Government and others who had promised to help us, are completely absent after 3 months and is still under the umbrella of Morija. We, however, we have not lost anything as we were always poor and the joy and hope that we have lived and continue to not ever erase the history of these villages and in the hearts of these creatures left. Pokot met an old man at the Mass that we celebrated the market to Lesidai saw our solidarity he said with tears: "Father does not abandon, do not leave us alone, come and visit us" P. Aldo
Date: Sunday, 09 November 2003 8:32 PM
Dear friends, the meeting on Saturday 8, although much risky to bring the Turkana and Pokot, after years of
massacres, has managed in the best possible way and the aid from the sky over every twist. He started with 2 hours late. There was a lot of tension, especially among mothers injured by too little time for the loss of their sons, husbands and relatives. Sudavo tears and I prayed, I seemed to me to be the culprit. When talking about all the mothers is moved, not little. Then there was the miracle of forgiveness, and all have expressed their ideas for a program to follow to build peace, offering to draw new roads and towns live in villages, trying to kindergartens and schools attended by all the three tribes. Tomorrow I will be in Monday Pora to track all the way to involve the Pokot together to Samburu. Picks, hoes, shovels, wheelbarrows, dark, iron levers to remove the stones ... and sacks of grain, beans, fat, sugar and tea. Solidarity continues and gives hope and joy to all. The friends of Malindi are back with an uncommon enthusiasm, assuring that I will not leave alone. We hope! P. Aldo.
Date: Wednesday, December 17 2003 8:09 AM - Subject: auguri "full-time" at all
Dear all, I would now like to send your family and friends all my best wishes from this place as the original true Christmas. I want to send my special gratitude to my community, spread over an area of 50Km, for your work without respite, they constantly share the mission, along with many ideas and thoughts, which in this period we are living. A period of major events for the wonderful project of peace that we started again in May with the celebration of mothers, all in an effort to agree to our tribe Samburu, Turkana and Pokot in the fight for several years. A true utopia, humanly speaking, and the anthropologist Alberto Salza, expert of the tribal struggles is something more than just a silly thought, but with faith and Providence that many years experience in 7 months, we have had results beyond all expectations . The road we have taken is a road that can not fail, following the advice of anthropology, but even more of the Nazarene them that we had already identified more than 20 centuries ago with the path of forgiveness and brotherhood. We have tried all avenues of reconciliation, with solidarity in all fields, helping those who had lost livestock and family members in raids marauders, giving work to more desperate and trying to help them in their basic needs: education, health and food. We also had solidarity from the outside, even managing to involve the authorities of Kenya committing even the most pessimistic to give us a hand to build centers where Samburu, Turkana, Pokot will meet for various activities in both children and adults (Asylum, dispensaries , school for adults, etc. ..). With much gratitude I wish you a great joy and happiness to you and all the relatives and friends. With a strong embrace strong goodbye, again where the Lord wants ...!? Grateful, your P. Aldo the savannas of Kenya.
Date: Sunday, December 28, 2003 6:37 PM - Subject: Long live young
Dear all we have had a great joy to live a meeting of young people in over 200 different tribes (the real predators). There were several authorities Bishop, Mr Samburu Parliament, representatives of various religions and peace committees and a few thousand people of all categories. Initially there were a lot of tension, then slowly and with great responsibility, some young people were able to find the bandolo to understand and make decisions together for peace. Soon after they started to talk about the elderly, the Bishop and all other authorities. Mrs came to congratulate offering to give us financial help for road, school and many other activities. He left his e-mail and told me that even the United Nations have managed to do a similar job and he thanked on behalf of the nation for having been a great help. If they are roses flourish! The political language, however, is still far to be accepted by young people and to build peace, their interests and their goals can never meet with those of poor people and young people exploited and abandoned without a future. Always grateful P. Aldo.
Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2003 9:12 PM
Dear all, peace-building walk through many prickly thorns, through tests of any kind difficult to describe. the pot bubbles and often blows the lid, (unfortunately a group of raiders attacked the shepherds and stealing their cattle, but I do not know what strength of Providence, have all moved in a few days and managed to return the cattle ). All the Christian communities and the government have a coalition with unprecedented solidarity. My arrabbiatura and my suffering have moved, but I had to speak with an energy that I did not know that. All the guards of peace (youngster) have been exempted and we chose people stronger and more mature. We hope that finally is over the chain of death, become weak and full of shame in front of the strength of the Faith. Your P. Aldo
Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2003 7:22 PM - Subject: Always on alert
Dear friends, .... When I came back this evening to Morija in my office, I waited three groups of young people from the Samburu tribe 3, Turkana and Pokot, to try to agree and intend to work together for peace, by committing to a mutual security against all thieves. They have chosen Morija and myself as their meeting point and support, and soon there will be another big meeting to inform all the villages of this program. Something really unusual that I was moved to tears and give security to all and a great joy and comfort. Still cover P. Aldo