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The name Kwanzaa is derived from matunda ya kwanza, a Swahili phrase for first fruits for the harvest and is based on traditional African harvest festivals. Its a time for celebration, introspection, observation and connection with values that originate in black culture. Each of the seven days represents one of the seven principles or (Nguzo Saba) of Kwanzaa. Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race. Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define and name ourselves, as well as to create and speak for ourselves. Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers and sisters problems our problems and to solve them together. Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together. Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness. Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it. Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle. Each day celebrants light one of seven candles that coincide with a specific principle.

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The necessity of a special call for embracing the priesthood or the monastic life is not treated by St. CXAIII alias XI to Ageruchia; “De monogamia”; “Against Jovinian”, I; On St. Rather it is the response to a call and to a call of love. You don’t need to believe in God to choose a career or a profession. There is a movement underlay to redeem the original meaning of “vocation” as work that calls us to connect our God-given gifts and passions with gods activity in the world. In other words, we have to believe that God knows more than we do about what will make us truly happy. The contemplative dedicates much time to prayer each day, lives mostly in silence and also is dedicated to manual labour. Learn more Discerning with the Order of St. We feel a growing desire to love God and to love our neighbour. useful reference

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