Though Transparency International’s 2010 Corruption Perception Index indicates Cameroon has made progress in the fight against corruption; having twice been ranked the most corrupt country in the world, much still remains to be done to bring the despicable practice, to imperceptible and innocuous levels in Cameroon. Cameroon scored far below average, 2.2 on 10, indicating measures taken to stifle the blight, are still not having the desired effect.
Thousands of Christians of Douala Archdiocese thronged SS Peter and Paul Cathedral on November 20 to mark the end of the Second Triennial Diocesan Synod during a Pontifical Mass, which Douala Archbishop, His Grace Samuel Kléda, presided.
The celebration of the second triennial diocesan synod took place from November 18 to 20, 2010, at SS Peter and Paul Cathedral, Douala, under the chairmanship of Douala Archbishop, Mgr. Samuel Kléda. The theme of the second synodal journey was, “Meet Jesus Christ”, with the basic texts taken from the Gospel of Mark. Know, meet and love Christ- these were the three axes on which the theme was anchored.
Claims that Catholics do not know how to pray is one of the reasons many dissenters give for leaving the Church, or for either creating or adopting prayer patterns they believe are more compelling within the Church, when they choose to stay. But are there specific ways of praying before prayers are answered? Why are some prayers just not answered however hard and fervently they are said? Are there specific postures that one should adopt when praying? What of sacramentals or prayer items Catholics use? Can they influence the prayer outcome? Is it right to say prayers that have already been written? These questions depict the prayer polemics among many Catholics and L’Effort Camerounais attempts to find answers to some of these questions.
Rev.Fr. Michael Mua Ebua: Curate St. Joseph Metropolitan Cathedral Bamenda God is our Heavenly Father. He knows what we need even before we ask. It is not by saying long prayers, shouting or making noise that God is going to answer our prayers. We cannot ask God to change His will for us. When we pray we simply have to repeat Jesus’ words; May your will Lord, not mine be done. God hears and answers our prayers in two ways. When it is in accordance with His will and for our personal sanctification, He grants our requests. When it is not in accordance with His will, no matter how we either pray, shout, fast or organise vigils, He will not grant us our requests because He best knows what is good for us.
Prayer is one of the greatest tools in the world because it opens the door to dialogue with God. Though many people often question the need to intercede with God through the Saints, the Assistant Parish Priest of SS Peter and Paul Cathedral Parish, Rev. Fr. Christopher Geh Kum, says saints are alive and work for our good. He also enjoins Christians to examine their consciences before praying as sin often blocks God from answering their prayers. Excerpts: