The Catholic Church does not only encourage the creation of associations, prayer groups and movements, but also appeals to the lay faithful to join them. While these associations’ and movements’ time tested contributions to the spiritual and material growth of their members and the Church are incontestable, they are not always the beacon of light they should be in the church and in the world. It is against this backdrop that L’Effort Camerounais revisits the Church’s quadruple mission signposts to these groups to permit you determine whether you are contributing to your group’s growth or demise.
A defining trait of human beings is the desire to plan for the future, or to secure or guarantee one’s life choices in the long run. Even social schemes like pensions, njangis, and “country meetings,” all have the element of security and planning for the future. Even children are seen as guarantees of the future: “Truly children are a gift from the Lord, a blessing, the fruit of the womb. Indeed the children of youth are like arrows in the hand of a warrior. O the happiness of the man who has filled his quiver with these arrows! He will have no cause for shame when he disputes with his foes in the gateway” (Ps 127:3-5).
Some faithful relate to the horoscope as a useful tool amid the uncertainties of human life on earth, whereas based on their faith and reason others dismiss it out rightly.The horoscope, a description of what is going to happen to somebody in the future based on the position of the stars and the planets when the person is born, is a challenge to many Catholic Christians nowadays.
Divination is almost a fashion nowadays and it has become the modern prayer. People wake up, tune on their radios; and as they take their breakfast, they all listen or read to what the horoscope predicts for the day. And accordingly, they spend the day, in sadness or in joy, without knowing the vision that has been brutally forced on them.
Made in the image and likeness of God, men and women deserve to be treated with some propriety. The contrary may result in countless souls receiving curses rather than blessings when propagandists and profiteers exploit human dignity for sordid money and cheap popularity.
Nowadays the society has become so permissive that people are finding it more and more difficult drawing a clear line between acceptable and deviant conduct. This has resulted in, among other consequences, a sexual promiscuity that is leaving many lives, especially those of children victims, devastated. Incest is commonly defined as a sexual relationship among close family members, but it actually stretches wider than you may have imagined. So what can you do to keep your children and loved ones safe from this hydra? L’Effort Camerounais attempts an answer.
From a biblical standpoint, God refuses incestuous relationship as He forbids sexual relationships between consanguineous relations. The book of Leviticus is particularly useful when examining incest in the Bible, but the New Testament also addresses the problem and its ensuing consequences.
Catholics throughout the world are presently observing the Year of Faith which Pope Benedict XVI decreed on October 11, 2012 and which will end on November 24, 2013. The year gives Catholics a chance to rediscover, and share with others, the precious gift of Faith entrusted to the Church and the personal gift of faith that Christians have each received from God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. But this is not always easy, reason why L’Effort camerounais accompanies you on this journey of rediscovery through its biblical signposts and personal Christian experiences.