Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Voice of the Church

POPE FRANCIS' HOMILY AT CANONIZATION OF MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA (04-09-2016)

POPE FRANCIS' HOMILY AT CANONIZATION OF MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA (04-09-2016)

“Who can learn the counsel of God?” (Wis 9:13). This question from the Book of Wisdom that we have just heard in the first reading suggests that our life is a mystery and that we do not possess the key to understanding it. There are always two protagonists in history: God and man. Our task is to perceive the call of God and then to do his will. But in order to do his will, we must ask ourselves, “What is God’s will in my life?”

We find the answer in the same passage of the Book of Wisdom: “People were taught what pleases you” (Wis 9:18). In order to ascertain the call of God, we must ask ourselves and understand what pleases God. On many occasions the prophets proclaimed what was pleasing to God. Their message found a wonderful synthesis in the words “I want mercy, not sacrifice” (Hos 6:6; Mt 9:13). God is pleased by every act of mercy, because in the brother or sister that we assist, we recognize the face of God which no one can see (cf. Jn 1:18). Each time we bend down to the needs of our brothers and sisters, we give Jesus something to eat and drink; we clothe, we help, and we visit the Son of God (cf. Mt 25:40).

 

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Homily for First Sunday of Advent

Homily for First Sunday of Advent

By Fr. Emmanuel Abbey-Quaye ,

Asst. Secretary General - NCS

 

Today is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. We have at least 3 reasons to rejoice today.

1. Because we have life
2. Because today is 1st December, we begin another month; the last month of 2013
3. We begin a new Liturgical Year, with the celebration of the First Sunday of Advent.

Let us thank God for all His blessings and rejoice. Let us pray to Him for his mercy.

Reflection on the Readings

From Jan. 1 to December 31 is the Calendar Year. We have 365/6 days. The Catholic Church has its own year. We call it the Liturgical Year. It starts from the Sunday closest to November 30 and ends on the Sunday before November 30 the following year.

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A SHORT REFLECTION ON THE WORK OF GOD ON THE OCCASION OF THE GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATION OF THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC SECRETARIAT

A SHORT REFLECTION ON THE WORK OF GOD ON THE OCCASION OF THE GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATION OF THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC SECRETARIAT (NCS) – 2ND AUGUST, 2012

“Praise the Lord, O my Soul,
I will praise the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to you God
While l live”
(Ps. 146:1)

My Dear Brother Archbishops and Bishops,
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Today is a great day in the life of the Catholic Church in Ghana. We are remembering the time 50 years ago when the Bishops’ Conference became a legal entity and therefore we have every reason to rejoice. The Psalmist in Psalm 146 is calling upon us all to praise the Lord. So long as l live, I shall continue to praise the Lord.

My Brothers and Sisters,   

We are to give thanks to God for His special protection of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference which is very united throughout these 50 years. We certainly had our difficulties, misunderstandings and other challenges, but these had never separated any from the great brotherhood which we all enjoyed. There was love and agreement on all the points we discussed and voted on. Whenever the majority agreed on a point all concurred.

 

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HOMILY PREACHED AT THE VIGIL FUNERAL MASS OF MOST REV. JOHN MARTIN DARKO

HOMILY PREACHED AT THE VIGIL FUNERAL MASS OF MOST REV. JOHN MARTIN DARKO, BISHOP EMERITUS OF SEKONDI-TAKORADI,
STAR OF THE SEA CATHEDRAL, 19 FEBRUARY 2013

BY MOST REV. JOSEPH OSEI-BONSU
BISHOP OF KONONGO-MAMPONG AND
PRESIDENT, CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE

“For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Cor. 5:1).

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we are gathered here today to say goodbye to Most Rev. John Martin Darko, Bishop Emeritus of Sekondi-Takoradi.  In the brochure prepared for his funeral, there is a tribute that I wrote on behalf of the Conference.  My homily will therefore not be a eulogy on the life and achievements of our departed bishop. 

As we meet to say goodbye to Bishop Darko, I would like to extend the condolences of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference to his family, the clergy, religious, lay faithful of the Diocese as well as all his friends who are here to say goodbye to him.  May the good Lord console you all in your loss and strengthen you in your faith.

 

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