Many deaths and traumas have been reported in Cameroon in the past two months. While some Cameroonians have died from diseases, like the cholera epidemic that is devastating Cameroon’s northern region and, despite health officials’ assurances, has started showing its ugly head in the country’s southern region, hundreds more have been involuntarily driven to death in what is generally seen as avoidable road accidents. As if these are not enough, markets in different parts of the country continue to go up in flames.
It is indisputable we are living in a stress-prone world. Financial, professional, family, spiritual and relational difficulties are taking a heavy toll on our physical, mental and emotional health. While medics are providing some of the assistance that is needed in tackling and overcoming stress, there is also a Christian perspective to finding solutions to a problem that is conclusively becoming a major public health problem. L’Effort Camerounais guides you along the Christian Path to fighting stress. Like medicine when not or wrongly used, the Christian guide to fighting stress will not have the desired effect if it is not or wrongly applied.
Include the spiritual approach in your stress-reducing kit
We are living in a stress prone world. Financial, professional, emotional, family and relational problems are taking their toll on our physical, mental and affective health. While many believe only doctors can help them find solutions to their stress-related problems, a spiritual approach to fighting stress has also been shown to be just or even more effective. Generally considered a problem, the dark cloud interestingly may also have its silver lining.
Rev. Fr Bonaventure Ndong studied Philosophy and Theology in St. Thomas Aquinas’ Major Seminary, Bambui, for eight years. He was ordained priest on April 15 1998. After he was ordained he worked as curate in Our Lady of Lourdes’s Parish, Njindom. In the Jubilee Year, precisely in 2000, he was appointed Archdiocesan Youth Chaplain where he came face to face with many youths languishing in poverty, joblessness, ignorance, frustration, emotional confusion, despair and yearning for someone who could listen and care. In September 2001 he went to Southampton, England, where he studied Educational Management and Administration. He also did a certificate course on Counselling in the same University. His Masters dissertation was on Pastoral Counselling in Bamenda. He counsels Christians regularly and on that count, L’Effort Camerounais interviewed him to find out, among other things, how he helps Christians suffering from stress. Excerpts:
During sudden and anticipated deaths, there is pain. However, while the grief is not greater in sudden death, the capacity to cope is diminished. The sudden loss of loved ones stuns many people. The loss is so disruptive that recovery is almost always complicated.
Couples have been told to be chaste even when married. Rev. Fr. André Fils Mbem made the remark while speaking recently at the Bonamoussadi Our Lady of Annunciation Parish hall during a round table conference that brought together couples in Douala to discuss how to live their sexual intimacy in marriage as Christians.