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Most visible part of Movement without a Name, sayings, lists and good intentions

The proverbs are the most visible part of Movement without a Name. Together they represent a potted philosophy, and a handful of wisdom. Every year we send out 8 million proverbs in Flanders alone.

This painting (oil on wood) from the last thir...

This painting (oil on wood) from the last third of the 17th century alludes to the popular proverb “Nimm dich selbst bei der Nase” (“take yourself by your nose”). It’s also called “Vogel Selbsterkenntnis” (Bird of self-knowledge) and exists in several samples (three, at least, in that same museum). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The five mailshots we send every year reach one in six Flemings. Each contains a nugget of reflection that everybody can think about.

The proverbs spring from daily life. They are not composed by somebody sitting at a desk. They are not the work of a team of psychologists. By listening carefully to why, how and what people say, you can often pick up useful ideas. These then find their expression in words, which must be matured for a while in the cellars of the mind. If you chew on what somebody has said for a while, you sometimes find a few grains of truth among the chaff. That could be the birth of a typical MWN proverb.

The result is a proverb that is short, clear, pithy, and close to life. It is not intended to change the world but is rather an attempt to invite people to reflection.

 

Why do you do what you do?


Do you recognise this ?
The good intentions at the beginning of each new year?

We make lists of
that which we will never do again
of what we will do more often
of what we will do less often
of that of which we will eat less
or more
of whom we would like to see more often
or less often.
We think about our dreams
and also about the bad luck we had in the past.

We stand still. Just for a moment.
As soon as the bottles are empty, the snow has melted, the wishes for happiness have been distributed, we return to the issues of the day, life zooms by and very quickly the list is forgotten in the bottom drawer.

What would happen if we would read that list again every day?
If we would ask this big question to our reflection every morning :
why am I doing what I do”,
If we leave that list in the sunlight on our working table ?
What would happen if we would ask ourselves every day, and not only the first day
of the year : why am I doing what I do ?

Let us stand still more often.
A few moments every day.
Look into the mirror.
To dare to ask that one question, to dare to hesitate, to try, to fail, to get up, to choose.

And then to try to live like we réally want to.

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Soft values? Needed heart- and- soul!

Soft values? Needed heart- and- soul!

Is it possible that, in times of taking care of the future, we look in the wrong direction?
Often society resembles a playground, until you listen to the inner side and get to the bottom of what preoccupies and moves people . When people ask me ‘if I have the time to listen to them’, often tears fall. Every human being has a ‘burden’ and there is a lot of hidden pain, more than we want to admit.

Who has the time to listen?

Love and Human Remains

Love and Human Remains (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Very few people. Everybody runs behind their schedule. Couples don’t have time for each other anymore, parents not for their children. More and more relations end in a divorce, less and less people risk a durable relationship and more and more children grow up in a stressful environment, full of conflicts or unsafe.

From figures of a Health Inquiry in Belgium, it seems that 42% of young women between 15 and 25 indicate to have a psychiatric problem. They are unsure of themselves and anxious, but still they are the mothers of tomorrow.

Is love going through a crisis?
If so, the living material that is our society is in danger. If we claim that love is the fulfilment of life, it is of the utmost importance to say it out loud and to choose resolutely for love.
Movement Without a Name wants to make it its business . In all our projects and initiatives the human being plays the central part  and our care goes to those whom we tend to forget.
We do not use many words when doing this. We love decisiveness. To do something concrete for people- that is the motto.

Finally this. He who claims that the economy is the engine of society and that more welfare guarantees more happiness, is greatly mistaken. Not the money – because that is the outside – but love is the deeper motive that keeps us going.

So it seems that the softest value is the strongest engine to keep this world afloat.

Movement Without a Name

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Additional literature

  1. Words to inspire and to give wisdom
  2. Importance of parents 2
  3. Caricaturing and disapproving sceptics, religious critics and figured out ethics
  4. Science, belief, denial and visibility 2
  5. Fruits of the spirit will prevent you from being either inactive or unfruitful
  6. Looking for True Spirituality 1 Intro
  7. Looking for True Spirituality 5 Fruitage of the Spirit
  8. Behold, My mother and My brothers!
  9. Luck
  10. To be chained by love for another one
  11. Loving and having respect for the woman
  12. What Does Love Look Like?
  13. Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience
  14. Agape, a love to share with others from the Fruit of the Spirit
  15. Do not forget the important sign of belief
  16. The task given to us to love each other
  17. The first on the list of the concerns of the saint
  18. God loving people justified
  19. What Jesus did: First things first
  20. Observing the commandments and becoming doers of the Word
  21. Alternative four letter words
  22. More-Letter-Words
  23. יהוה , YHWH and Love: Four-letter words
  24. Built on or Belonging to Jewish tradition #4 Mozaic and Noachide laws
  25. The Law of Christ: Law of Love
  26. The Greatest of These is Love
  27. Love and cultivate that which is pure
  28. Love turns one person into two; and two into one
  29. If we love one another, God lives in us
  30. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love
  31. God demonstrates his own love
  32. The Spirit of God imparts love,inspires hope, and gives liberty
  33. Those who make peace should plant peace like a seed
  34. Christian values and voting not just a game
  35. Growth in character
  36. A Living Faith #2 State of your faith
  37. A Living Faith #3 Faith put into action
  38. A Living Faith #5 Perseverance
  39. Work with joy and pray with love
  40. Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness
  41. Reflect on how much idolizing happens
  42. Self-preservation is the highest law of nature
  43. He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
  44. Unconditional love
  45. Love the Whole Person
  46. “Unnoticed”
  47. Live …
  48. Life and attitude of a Christian
  49. Loving the Word
  50. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #12 Prayer #10 Talk to A Friend
  51. Breathing and growing with no heir
  52. Falling in Love’ as Temporary Insanity.
  53. Moving forward
  54. Overcoming Hurt Feelings
  55. No fear in love
  56. The one who has not had a taste of love
  57. When we love we do not need laws
  58. Love envieth not
  59. Spread love everywhere you go
  60. Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair
  61. Reflection for today: hating your brother
  62. Blessed are those who freely give
  63. God let my compassionate affection be tolerant and kind
  64. Love will cure more sins than condemnation
  65. Love is like playing the piano
  66. A treasure which can give me everything I need
  67. Unarmed truth and unconditional love
  68. 2nd Half 20th Century Generations pressure to achieve
  69. Christian the Lion
  70. Atonement And Fellowship 2/8
  71. Love and forgive this friday

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Phil Bosmans and the Bond Zonder Naam (Union Without a Name): Movement Without a Name

Location of Mortsel in the province of Antwerp

Location of Mortsel in the province of Antwerp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After long suffering the after-effects of a stroke in 1994 father Phil Bosmans, the co-founder and face of the Bond Zonder Naam (Union Without a Name), passed away in hospital in Mortsel, near Antwerp, from complications of bronchitis, at the age of 89, 17 January 2012.

Bosmans was born into a Limburg farming family in 1922 and entered a monastery in 1941. He was ordained in 1948 and sent to the Vendée in France to do missionary work in the suburbs of Tours. He subsequently became friendly with several worker-priests in Paris. He had a profound admiration for them.

In 1949 he was called back to Belgium to lead “missions to the people” and Father Loop asked him to help with the creation of the Bond Zonder Naam (BZN), an organisation that over the years has set up and run social projects for children and young people and the disadvantaged. Bosmans led the BZN until 1991, when he handed over the leadership, though he remained active in the organisation. On Saturday 2 April 1938 Henri de Greeve had launched the Bond Zonder Naam or Movement without a Name (hereafter referred to as MWN) on the NIR (Belgian National Radio Station) radio programme ‘Lichtbaken’ . Mr l’Homme and Miss Winkeler started in 1949 the Movement without a Name Flanders, which had a first candlelight action for People in Need in 1951. Their candles came in many homes, also our home. Since 1957 Phil has devoted all his energies to the Bond Zonder Naam or Movement without a Name in Flanders.

For most people in Flanders Bosmans was bestknown as the source of countless uplifting and inspiring aphorisms, later collected into books with titles like Best Wishes and Happy Together, which became best sellers in Flanders, the Netherlands and Germany. His collections were translated into 26 languages and sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. As a child I grew up with his writings, having each new proverb read and discussed at dinner table and put on the cupboard good in view for everyone to be remembered. ‘Menslief, ik hou van je’ was really a best-seller for our generation, inspiring us to spread the agape love. Lannoo published it in 1972 and it was to become the most widely sold book in Flanders. It is now in its 56th impression, and has sold 800,000 copies in Flanders and the Netherlands. Currently sales in Germany stand at about 2 million copies. The positivism was something which helped me a lot throughout my life and I found important to share with more. We should keep in mind that he said:

“A good mood is infectious”

BzN-Mov Without a Name-Logo_ENOur society loosing track of the gentle words and social feelings of sharing and agape love has a big need of a recollection of Bosmans inspirational words. Therefore I am pleased that the organisation Bond Zonder Naam, in English: Movement Without a Name allowed us to publicize some of their writings and placing some recollections of Bosmans’s fruitful thoughts.

In 2003 MWN got nominated as chairman for URI Europe. In 2007 MWN organised URI Global Council and European conference in Antwerp and started a Flemish Platform for Interfaith Dialogue.

For over 50 years, 3 generations and 200,000 families have proven that they appreciate what MWN has to offer. We are grateful we can share their beautiful work with you on this platform and do hope you shall come to know them better.

‘Without a name’ stands for the belief that people can achieve great things when they are willing to give it their all without claiming the achievements. I also do believe when a person can put himself aside he shall be able to help the others even better. May I ask you to get to know their work better and to give it your support. We also with them, encourage everyone to support the common goal without anyone claiming the results. We on our selves perhaps can do not much, but together we can do a lot. We only can try to do our best and we can try to help as much as we can wherever we can. I also believe we as creatures, allowed to live on this world, by our Divine Creator, should be thankful that we are able to live in a good environment. Not all people are so lucky. Those who are not so fortunate we should help. Each of us should be willing to give the best of themselves, which would mean that they can give enough. Consequently, you too can contribute to MWN in many different ways: you can donate time, commitment and material or financial support, which helps them to organise their initiatives.

‘Without a name’ also means that MWN stands up for ‘nameless people’ and makes certain taboo issues a subject of discussion.

And finally ‘without a name’ means that MWN is not affiliated with any political, philosophical or religious organisation. It refers unmistakeably to the free spirit MWN so deeply cherishes.

MWN is recognized by the Belgian government and is entitled to provide donation certificates. Donations over €40,00 are tax-deductible in Belgium, whether they are single contributions or plural contributions, which, combined, mount up to €40,00. MWN delivers the donation certificates in March of the subsequent year (only applicable in Belgium).

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  • Face of Flanders (flanderstoday.eu)
    Phil Bosmans Father Phil Bosmans, the co-founder and face of the Bond Zonder Naam (Union Without a Name), has died in hospital in Mortsel, near Antwerp, from complications of bronchitis, at the age of 89. Father Bosmans had long suffered the after-effects of a stroke in 1994, and spent his last years living in a convent in nearby Kontich.
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