Catholic Bishop Stima says good stewardship begins at home

Mangochi Catholic Diocese Bishop, Right Reverend Bishop Montfort Stima has encouraged the Catholic faithful to nurture the spirit of stewardship at household level in a bid to help children hear their calling to vocations in the church.

Bishop Montfort Stima of Mangochi Diocese

Stima was speaking on Sunday at St. Augustine Cathedral Parish in Mangochi during Mass on Vocation Sunday.

He emphasized that the family institution is an important platform where people, especially children, can hear God’s calling to serve in different portfolios apart from that of marriage.

He expressed concern that for the past five years, the Diocese has not had anyone being ordained to priesthood yet more and more people were entering into Holy Matrimony as if it was the only way people could serve God.

“You need to create a peaceful environment in the home to allow God speak to all members of the family on how they can serve Him better. You cannot expect to hear the word of God at a drinking joint where there’s usually loud music,” he said adding that the harvest is huge but with a few available laborers.

Drawing his homily from the Gospel of Mark 10: 1 – 10, Stima encouraged Catholics to embrace servant leadership saying it was an important ingredient to the country’s leadership as well.

Stima pointed out that a good shepherd knows his flock and exudes a smell which attracts the flock closer to him.

“If we have very good leaders at small Christian communities, outstations or parishes, it will be easy for the same to transcend to the country’s governance structures. Above everything else, a good shepherd leads his flock to greener pastures and fresh still waters,” said Stima.

He warned the Catholic faithful against playing double standards by following people who claim to be apostles or prophets for their own personal gratification, noting that the Catechism emphasizes on one Holy Catholic Communion.

Speaking in an interview, Mangochi Diocesan Communications Secretary, Fr. Emmanuel Malipa said the church would continue to provide guidance on the vocations that the youth can pursue to serve God better.

“With the leadership of the Youth and Vocations Chaplain, we will go flat out to reach the youth in schools and other places where they meet to sensitize them on the different vocations existing in the church to make informed choices,” Malipa said.

Malipa advised the youth to join various organizations in the church such as choirs, Legion of Mary and Young Christian Society to draw inspiration and motivation from these groupings which are premised on Catholic Teachings.

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