True community in Maua

The Maua building – home to 220 families

Tony Sheen writes>>

We started this morning with a wonderful Mass, where we prayed for CAFOD volunteers and supporters at home. We then travelled to meet the amazing community in Maua.
What I saw reminded me of a passage from Acts of the Apostles (4:32-35):

The Believers Share Their Possessions 
All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need…

For me, the passage shows an ideal that the early Christian communities lived by and which is being acted out in 2011 in a building in the centre of Sao Paulo known as Maua.

For the past four years this building has been home to over 220 families (over 1000 people). The building had previously been a hotel but was abandoned over 17 years previously, after the owner failed to pay his taxes. The building was left derelict until a group of brave and inspirational young people took it over and took in many homeless and vulnerable people and started to make it habitable for them.

Today I witnessed hard working community leaders and volunteers, renovating the sewerage systems, running sports classes  for the children, leading top-up study classes and ensuring that those without food were helped out by the rest of the community.

Tomorrow I will share with you some photos and words from the people I met – I hope you will feel as inspired as I do.

Would your parish like to connect with the people of Maua to share your lives and experiences? Click here to find out more about CAFOD’s connect 2 initiative…

Read all of Tony’s blogs…

5 thoughts on “True community in Maua

  1. Hi Tony
    The Maua Building brings back so many memories of Prestes Maia. Look forward to seeing more wonderful photos.
    God Bless.
    Chris x

  2. Hi Tony
    Following your posts avidly. Got the atlas out to see where Para is – rather a long way from Sao Paulo!
    It’s quiet in the office without you. Eileen, Rosemary and I beavered away industriously today.
    Keep up the great work.

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