By Daniel Tyokua
The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama has called on the newly ordained priests to bear the pains while on the missionary journey.
He stated this during ordination of seven new Catholic priests at the weekend in National Missionary Seminary of St. Paul Gwagwalada, Abuja.
Kaigama explained that those called to work for God always experienced and expressed a feeling of inadequacy, but he said respite always come their way as they keep the faith.
His words: “Throughout history, God has often called persons to specific missions. Abraham in Genesis 12 was summoned to leave his homeland rather unexpectedly for an unknown destination and he left in the spirit of absolute obedience.
“St. Paul asks the question in Romans 10:14-15 about how people can call upon the name of the Lord and believe in Him and hear about Him if no one sends preachers. Jesus knew this very well and sent the Apostles to boldly preach the Gospel and encouraged them to endure even when confronted with suffering and hardships.
“Paul who was a keen persecutor of Christians became an ardent preacher of Christ, and going through severe hardships, distinguished himself as the Apostle to the Gentiles” he said.
The Bishop acknowledged that the seven new Priests were called to the priesthood at a challenging time in the life of the Church and the world but urged them not to be deterred.
According to him, “Some individuals and groups, allergic to the Gospel, negatively scrutinize and x-ray the Church, and feeling uneasy with the ideals and values of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, prefer a Church where one is free to do as he or she pleases.
“One would think that if they don’t appreciate the Church’s activities for the salvation of souls, they would at least consider the humanitarian services offered by the Catholic Church over the centuries in the nooks and crannies of the world.
He admitted that there was no secret that the Catholic Church remains the largest non-government provider of education and health care in the world, as well as other works of charity, in addition to social development, and social justice.
Although he regretted that despite the efforts, One wonders about the agenda to bring the Catholic Church to her knees.
“Yes, the Church may go on her knees, not in defeat, but praying.
The 1.3 billion Catholics know that problems are normal in any family. Storms and frightening waves will always be present but we have the assurance of the Lord” he said.