Glory of God Prayer Group, St. Cecilia Parish, Wa Diocese, Ghana - Let Your Light Shine

Saint of the Day

Miracles are not contrary to nature

Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature. Saint Augustine

Belief in Christianity

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. C. S. Lewis

Man lives as to make happiness impossibl…

Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible. Saint Augustine

Perfection of a man

This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections. Saint Augustine

The safest road to hell

The safest road to hell is the gradual one - the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts. C. S. Lewis

How to find God

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls. Mother Teresa

Aim at heaven

Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither. C. S. Lewis

Our walking is our preaching

It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching. Francis of Assisi

Importance of Christianity

Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important. C. S. Lewis

You can't get a cup of tea big enou…

You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.   C. S. Lewis

Humility, the foundation

Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance. Saint Augustine

Progress

We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive. C. S. Lewis

God's love

God loves each of us as if there were only one of us. Saint Augustine

Judging disputes

If two friends ask you to judge a dispute, don't accept, because you will lose one friend; on the other hand, if two strangers come with the same request, accept because you will gain one friend. Saint Augustine

It is in giving that we receive

For it is in giving that we receive. Francis of Assisi

Courage

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. C. S. Lewis

All things unholy

I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone. Francis of Assisi

Affection

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives. C. S. Lewis

Nonsense questions

Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable. C. S. Lewis

A drop in the ocean

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. Mother Teresa

Difference between wrong moral living and wrong moral teachings

Some people confuse the two concepts of wrong moral living and wrong moral teaching. If we study scripture carefully, we will realize that right from the beginning God has condemned both wrong moral living and wrong moral teaching. However, we also realized that even so, there has been no period in history when the world has been completely rid of evil or wrong moral living.

Abraham, for instance, could not wait patiently for the promised child of God. Under the influence of his wife Sarah he sought to produce children through other means – Genesis 15:1-16:4.

Moses, when God asked him to hit the rock to produce water, did not acknowledge the holiness of God before the people – Numbers 20:1-13. Remember that this “crime” was big enough to prevent him from entering the Promised Land, along with the others who had rebelled against God earlier.

Saul, the first king of Israel, disobeyed God and was removed as king of Israel – 1 Samuel 15. He then became controlled by hatred and did all that he could to kill David – 1 Samuel 18:6-11.

David himself, the great king through whose lineage kings ruled Israel, slept with the wife of Uriah and had him killed in battle – 2 Samuel 11:1-17.

Peter, the great pillar and first leader of the church, denied Jesus three times at His trials – Matthew 26:69-75 (or Luke 22:56-62 or Mark 16:66-72 or John 18:15-18,25-27). He also, at Antioch, set up a hypocritical example for the gentiles and his fellow Jews: he used to eat with the gentiles, but as soon as some Jews arrived from Jerusalem he started withdrawing himself from the gentiles; for which St. Paul had to rebuke him – Galatians 2:11-14.

How did God react to wrong moral living?

With the behaviour of Abraham, Moses, Saul, David and other people, God did not disclaim Israel as His chosen people. Abraham’s behaviour did not make God withdraw the promise He made to him that he would be the father of many nations and that through him He would bless all the nations. The people of Israel that Moses led through the desert rebelled against God several times. The punishment He gave to them was that those particular generations did not enter the Promised Land, yet retained the people of Israel as His chosen people. Even with the conduct of David, God promised him a lineage of royalty, which He fulfilled. In spite of the conduct of Peter, God retained him as the head of His church until his death. Jesus had given him the keys of heaven and hell and had promised that the gates of hell would not prevail against the church He was to build on him.

All the above illustrate that no matter who is in the driving seat, we individually have weaknesses and tendencies which sometimes surface and lead us into wrong moral living.

The same thing applies to The Church and her leaders. People have tried to use the life styles of some leaders of the Catholic Church to condemn her. I do believe that as much as spiritual leaders owe it a duty to the “sheep’’ they are shepherding to show good moral examples, through correct moral living, it is possible that they can falter at times in diverse areas of life. But that does not tarnish the credibility of The Church as a unit and a pillar of the truth because it is not the teaching of The Church that those leaders should live wrong moral lives. Just as we, as lay members of the Church can fault at any time, so I can they. Whoever thought that they have supernatural powers and are beyond sin should think again.

This is precisely what led to the Protestant Reformation (Revolution). It is true that a very good number of church leaders were corrupt, living morally unspeakable lives, but these were individuals. The Church as a body did not sanction that. It is just similar to situations in the lives of the people of Israel when there were mass rebellions, including the leaders, against the ways of God, leaving only on few devout and righteous Jews to hold the fort. Nevertheless, God punished them and still maintained them as His chosen people.

Therefore, when certain people, especially leaders, live morally incorrect lives, it does not mean that the church teaches those morally corrupt ways of life. The Church holds morality in high esteem. So do not confuse wrong moral living with wrong moral teaching.

We should beware of the many warnings about unity we have in scriptures, especially the New Testament, and do not let partial analysis of scriptures divide us:

1 Timothy 6:2-5; 1 Timothy 1:3-4; Jude 18-19; 1 Corinthians 1:10-17; Ephesians 4:1-6; John 17:9-26; Philippians 2:2

 

 

Respect dignities

When we despise dominion and speak evil of dignities we break the divine pattern and bring a tide of curse upon ourselves and those under our care. As those under our authority behold how we treat those in authority over us, they will become fuelled by the same spirit and start to treat us in a similar manner. Once this spirit enters into a community, that community will burst apart at some point fracturing along personality lines. This is the... Read more>>>

The rotten generation

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Auto-panic

It is as if most human beings are configured to be automatically  afraid whenever there are challenges. This auto-panic device makes even some Holy Spirit filled Christians to cry out, complain and wish for a return to their former ways of life when they go through a test.  In fact, when this auto-panic device is activated, it automatically uninstalls any faith application. Therefore, at this stage, anxiety, fear, worry, hopelessness, dejection etc. begin to control such a person. The people of... Read more>>>

Guarding friendship

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Pursue Your Strengths

God has equipped each one of us with specific gifts and talents. It’s up to each of us to identify those gifts and be disciplined enough to develop them. You have to learn to stay in your strength zone. What are you naturally good at? What do you enjoy doing? Take the time to identify your strengths and weaknesses, and as the Scripture says, give yourself to your gifts. In other words, don’t spend all your time trying to improve... Read more>>>

Glory be to the Father ...

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Is the Bible the Final Authority?

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What does God say about your problems?

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My prayer for you

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Lesson from the story of Joseph.

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When God decides: authority of God

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Do miracles still happen in the Catholic…

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In praise of the Lord

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About the Faith Outreach Ministry

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In your presence: prayer

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The Lord's prayer

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Pack your things and give them to me to …

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The Father

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Should transgender people be baptized or…

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