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

Saint of the Day

Perfect moderation

To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. Saint Augustine

Authority of woman

Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior. Socrates

The end of life

The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like Him. Socrates

Passion

Passion is the evil in adultery. If a man has no opportunity of living with another man's wife, but if it is obvious for some reason that he would like to do so, and would do so if he could, he is no less guilty than if he was caught in the act. Saint Augustine

Meaning of the universe

If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning. C. S. Lewis

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

Truth

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair. C. S. Lewis

God judged it better

God judged it better to bring good out of evil than to suffer no evil to exist. Saint Augustine

Pride

It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels. Saint Augustine

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

He that is jealous is not in love

He that is jealous is not in love. Saint Augustine

God is happiness and peace

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing. C. S. Lewis

Feed the poor

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one. Mother Teresa

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

The desire is thy prayers

The desire is thy prayers; and if thy desire is without ceasing, thy prayer will also be without ceasing. The continuance of your longing is the continuance of your prayer. Saint Augustine

Pride of wealth

If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it. Socrates

Death, a blessings

Death may be the greatest of all human blessings. Socrates

Education without values

Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. C. S. Lewis

Affection

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

True wisdom

True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us. Socrates

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

 

 

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