The Metropolitan Archbishop of the Catholic Church in Accra, His Grace Charles Gabriel Palmer Buckle has admonished all Catholics and Christians as a whole to be vigilant at all times and pray that we have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man. Luke 21:36.
He said this on the 15th of November, 2015 at the St. Theresa Catholic Church here in Accra where over two hundred (200) people were confirmed as part of the church’s Golden Jubilee celebration.
His Grace, in his homily said that the feast of Christ the King which we will commemorate on the following Sunday, 22nd November, 2015 serves as a reminder that the King of Kings will one day come to judge and should he come today, how ready will we be? Saying that, to whom much is given, much is expected.
He said that the confirmants should be witnesses to what they believe in first of all in their Jerusalem, (homes) Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the world. In doing so, people will come to know the saving power of God. He said that if married couples would be witnesses to what they believed in, others will see the positives in marriages instead of the negative and homosexuality would not be so widespread.
He reiterated that the Catholic Church upholds marriage as a sacrament and as such, no man should put it asunder. He also said that marriage should be between one man and one woman. (Genesis 1:26-28, Genesis 2:23, Matthew 19)
“You can become a saint not by the positions you hold in church or in society but by being good in your home. Marriage is therefore a means of salvation” he said.
Coming back to the Gospel reading, he said the Church has declared July 29, 2015 –July 29, 2016 as the year of Reconciliation and December 8, 2015- November 20, 2016 as the year of mercy. Giving all Catholics the opportunity to go through a pilgrimage of conversion and making us ready for the Second coming of the King of kings.
It was a colorful event which opened with a display of cultural dances, a welcome address and brief history of the St. Theresa Catholic church from the Parish Pastoral Chairman, Mr. Barnabas Cudjoe.