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By Sister Sonia Sangel FdCC
Sister Sonia wrote in our September-October 2003 issue about the Maestra di Campagna, or ‘Rural Teachers,’ whom she trains in
I never used to like playing ‘tug-of-war’ before, but I do now! I knew that the consequence of losing the game was to fall on top of the others causing bumps, bruises and scratches on everyone’s hands and legs. The losers cry and the winners laugh seeing the losers in pain. Terrible!
Recently, I used this game as an activity to conduct a session on reconciliation and peace. I also joined the game and to my surprise it was a ‘win-win’ situation for every one of us. The winners pulled the opponents into their territory and embraced them. No one felt defeated. It was rather as if they were coming home.
Through the process
Game of Peace
As a missionary, I wish to share the great social concern of the Church in
While playing ‘tug of war,’ people’s assertiveness is shown in their effort to pull. But this time it was a different experience. I saw the winners helping the losers to stand up. I saw them embracing one another and soothing bruises, one saying, ‘I didn’t mean to hurt you,’ – an entry point, the beginning of deep sharing . . .
I hope and pray that this may the beginning of a culture
I believe that when reconciled to one another, the men and women of
And you, my co-Filipino missionaries: do you have time to play?
Take time off and play the game you never liked before. It might be a new and pleasant experience to play, not ‘tug-of-war,’ but ‘tug-of-reconciliation-and-peace.’ Try it!
You may write Sister Sonia at Canossian Sisters,