Monsignor Boniface Tamani last Sunday challenged the faithful of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Chinyonga, Blantyre to stay firm in preaching the true gospel of Jesus Christ “even if that includes risking your lives”.
Tamani emphasised that Catholics should stop fearing persecution in their spiritual service, saying doing so would be like disowning the Lord that called them.
He made the remarks during the commemoration of St. Anthony of Pardua Day and the church’s 10th anniversary.
“Just like St. Anthony who risked his own life when he took the gospel to Morocco, you, too, must be resolute in serving Jesus Christ and his gospel. Let us go and preach the gospel everywhere, including those places where Christianity isn’t wholly accepted,” said Tamani.
He, however, deplored the tendency among some faiths, which have been provoking Christians, particularly Catholics, using their faith-based radio stations.
“But this should not demotivate you. Rather, it should fuel you to work extra harder in preaching the gospel to people that need it so that they can be saved. I urge you to emulate Jesus Christ and St. Anthony who suffered humiliation and persecution, but never retreated. They remained resolute on spreading the gospel,” said Tamani.
He commended the church’s faithful for constructing a modern church without external assistance.
Chairperson of the church’s council Louis Kamanga said the project could not have materialised if it were not for the hard work and dedication of the Christians.
Kamanga said the church has already spent close to K200 million on the project.
“We raised this amount among ourselves. Of course, I must say that the archdiocese, too, helped us with K1 million towards the project,” said Kamanga.
He asked the Christians to remain united until the project is completed.
“We still need money for the ceiling, flooring and painting, among others. I, therefore, plead with you to continue contributing. I also wish to appeal to well-wishers to come forward and assist us,” he said.n