BAMENDA, AUGUST 27, 2021 (CISA)-“Our people have suffered enough and they are tired of living in uncertainty and fear,” Catholic bishops’ members of the Bamenda Provincial Episcopal Conference (BAPEC) have said in a statement released after their 71st Ordinary meeting in Bamenda.
The prelates renewed their appeal for the end to the long conflict in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon.
“There is a lot of violence, insecurity, kidnappings, torture, and senseless killings, sometimes of innocent people and children,” they said as they appealed to “all armed factions to stop violence with immediate effect and work towards a more pacific resolution of this conflict.”
While in their meeting August 17-21 to deliberate on reports on schools, seminaries, pastoral commissions and projects of the Bamenda Provincial Episcopal Conference, the bishops noted that despite the challenges more Catholic schools functioned in the 2020-2021 school year.
They encouraged parents to ensure that their children go to school calling on stakeholders to create an enabling environment for children to have a violence-free academic year.
The bishops acknowledged with immense gratitude, “The work of the formators and the contribution of the lay faithful towards the training of priests for our local Churches. They exhort the Christians to take seriously their responsibility in helping the Bishops to discern good and quality vocations for our local Churches.”
During the meeting, the bishops announced the construction of the administrative block and hostels with over 140 self-contained rooms within the campus of the Catholic University of Cameroon (CATUC) in Bamenda for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Each one of my Carmelite Sisters, including myself, is required to make an eight-day silent retreat yearly. When we first entered Carmel, silence was difficult for us. It was new. Many of us spend our first eight-day retreat simply meditating with growing astonishment that anyone could even keep quiet for eight full days
Many more times, our prayers are based (informed)by) on what we think we are yet to achieve, receive or secured from, while we forget those we have achieved, received or have been saved from.
The first step to forgiveness is seeing your coworkers from God’s perspective. Take your eyes off the offender and look up to the Savior. Jesus sees each of us as eternally significant beings with brilliant potential. God’s vantage point teaches that we have all sinned and that we are all helpless without the blood of Christ.
In particular, we saw how utilitarianism weakens our relationships by getting us to value people primarily in terms of some pleasure or benefit we receive from our relationships with them.
Rooted deeply in each of us is uncertainty. Human beings are creatures of habit. We want to find the TV remote where we left it (where it has always been), to be guaranteed the salary comes in next month (as it always does). We want to be sure we don’t die (from eating that new soup).
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Founder of the Franciscan Order, born at Assisi in Umbria, in 1181.
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