Those who always travel in their private cars miss a great deal of fun. Theirs is a monotony they might need to break by taking public transport once in a while. The public transport bus is the meeting place of the good, the bad, and the ugly.
In the last edition, we discussed some elements for pastoral conversion. It takes a strong leadership for any pastoral conversion. Following our last discussion on elements for pastoral conversion, the current issue will discuss the principles for pastoral governance. In fact, our Church is a hierarchical organisation (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 904 & 1569) having the clergy at the top.
Sometime ago, a debate on Boko Haram came to the fore in some columns of L’Effort camerounais. The debate centred on the havoc Boko Haram is causing in Nigeria and now Cameroon. It further addressed the Church’s stance on this issue and spoke about the Theory of a Just War and how terrorist challenges could be handled in Africa.
Recently, Pope Francis dispatched Fernando Cardinal Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples to Iraq on a special mission to bring the Holy Father’s and the Catholic Church’s comfort, aid and support to persecuted Christians of Iraq.
Not long ago, I began receiving emails and text messages of a particular nature from a close friend who was recently ordained into the priesthood, Fr. Casimir Bello. He was ordained for the Catholic Diocese of Mamfe, Cameroon.Initially, the meaning of these mails in which Fr. Casimir repeatedly and forcefully exhorted me to pray the rosary daily was kind of obscure.
As already announced, we are going back to "Evangelii Gaudium", a unique document, the first of its kind in addressing the New Evangelisation to bring out some of Pope Francis’ key affirmations.In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis speaks about pastoral and missionary conversion. "I hope that all communities will devote the necessary effort to advancing along the path of a pastoral and missionary conversion which cannot leave things as they presently are. Mere administration can no longer be enough. Throughout the world, let us be permanently in a state of mission”." (Evangelii Gaudium, 25)
My cousin who is a born-again Christian came home from church. I asked her what the spiritual lesson for the day was all about. ‘The Pastor spoke about blessings, she said, walking into the kitchen as if she knew that I was only teasing her with my question. “What did he say about blessings?”
In the previous reflection we saw that there is a significant shift which has happened from St. John Paul II to Pope Francis. We saw that from Redemptoris Missio to Evangelii Gaudium there has been some new emphasis! While in Redemptoris Mission the first place where evangelisation ought to happen to those who do not know Jesus, in Evangelii Gaudium, the first setting for evangelisation is the practicing faithful.
At last! The bus is pulling out of the noisy travel agency. Time for rosary! What mystery for journey mercies? The Visitat… “My dear people of God, good morning!” A preacher shouts on the bus! “The Bible says…” At these words, I must confess, my mind wondered off in a series of angry questions: did I pay my VIP fare for this? Why should bus agencies allow a noisy woman disturb our peace? How much longer have we to put up with her? Was I the only one screaming “shut up” in my mind’? What if I stood, asked her to shut up and sit down? How would the others react?
The Catholic tradition, rightly understood, sees the Sacrament of Confession as a sacrament of healing. This was one of the great explicit achievements of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. According to the spirit and theology of the Catechism, this process of conversion, , presupposes a sincere and profound act of conversion (CCC 1427-1433). The invitation of the Carpenter’s Son could not have been clearer: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15).