Religion of Monday, 7 January 2013
The Most Reverend Mathias Kobina Nketsiah, Archbishop of the Cape Coast Catholic Diocese, has called on Christians particularly Catholic women to let their Christian lives reflect in their daily activities.
He said it was time for all Christians to arise and shine so as to bring glory and honour to the world and to save it from condemnation.
Archbishop Nketsiah said this on Sunday in a sermon to climax a four day “Holy Family Feast” celebration by the Catholic Women Association (CWA) held at the St Mark Catholic Parish at Awutu Breku in the Central Region.
The programme organized by the CWA was attended by more than 800 women drawn from various parishes in the Central, Ashanti and Western Regions and was on the theme, “Being bold and truthful as catholic women, working with the attitude of Christ in the family, Church and the Community.
The event is an annual programme organized by the CWA to take stock of its activities, make amends and come out with pragmatic programmes that would enhance the development of the church and the association as well.
Archbishop Nketsiah, who is also in charge of the Sekondi- Takoradi Dioceses, based his sermon on Isaiah 60:1-6, and expressed concern about the fact that the nation was still challenged with social vices such as teenage pregnancy, armed robbery, corruption and abject poverty despite the emergence of numerous churches in the country.
He reminded Christians of their bodies being the temple of God and that they should endeavour to keep it holy and pure by not indulging in vices that would make the blessings of God elude them saying “Let your light shine to brighten all the dark corners in your lives and the nation as a whole”.
The Archbishop expressed worry about the current situation at which girls as young as 12 years were already mothers and urged parents to sit up and take their parental responsibility more seriously to help curb the situation.
He also tasked Christians not to allow earthly wealth to prevent them from shining in their Christian lives stressing that some people have made money and other earthly things as their God and do not give the needed recognition to the Almighty God who is the creator of heaven and earth.
Archbishop Nketsiah said it was imperative for all to take Jesus Christ as their God, Priest and the one who came to die for their sins and asked that they lead worthy lives since one day they would be judged according to their deeds.
Nai Abokuabi Wyettey Agyeman II, President of the Awutu Traditional Council who graced the occasion, thanked the CWA for holding the programme in his traditional area stressing that it has not only brought blessings but has also given the area the needed recognition.
He urged the members of the Association to join in the crusade for peace in the country since the nation needed peace and unity to enhance its development.
Madam Comfort Forson, the Diocesan President of the Association, thanked the members for taking time off their Christmas celebrations to participate in the annual event and expressed the hope that what they had benefited would be put into practice.
The four day programme comprised activities such as prayer sessions, workshops, health screening and the making of tie and dye and liquid soap.