Father Masuwa urges Catholic faithful to lead converted life

Parish Priest for St Pius Catholic in the Archdiocese of Blantyre, Father Benito Masuwa, has urged the church’s faithful to lead a transformed life embedded in a strong faith to God and the church.

Father Masuwa spoke Wednesday night when he led a special mass of thanksgiving for Judith Kasambwe Gondwe held at her residence at Kwacha in Blantyre.

Gondwe had requested the parish priest for the special mass to express her family’s gratitude to God as well as fellow Christians who have been with her in prayers during her three-month hospital admission in India for kidney transplantation.

Father Masuwa said despite her renal failure challenges she has endured for years, Gondwe’s faith in God remained strong at all times.

Father Benito Masuwa administering a religious rite on children in church

The St Pius Catholic Church head then urged the faithful to emulate Gondwe’s example avowing that with God everything was possible. The mass took place a few hours after she landed from India.

“Her strength of faith in God has had a profound impact on her successful operation. I urged all of you to have a similar faith and maintain it… Catholics especially have that quest,” said Father Masuwa.

While advising the faithful to “wake up” against the mushrooming of new churches, which he asserted most of them were machineries of Satan, Father Masuwa also reminded them the need and importance of putting each other in prayers during times of struggles.

“Let us always remember to put each other in prayers, sometimes have special prayers for our friends who are in pain and trouble,” he advised, adding “do not get tired of leading a converted life…Continue to pray and have faith in the Lord and the church.”

Father Masuwa then called on his flock to be rooted with the word of God so that they fulfil their mission of being renewed and converted while also strengthening the parish against many challenges coming its way.

He also emphasized the importance and spiritual dimension of Eucharist which brings the presence and blessings of the Lord to the faithful.

In her words of gratefulness, Gondwe’s mother, Philomena Kasambwe, who is also Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Member of Parliament for Chiradzulu Central, expressed thanks to Father Masuwa for the mass and members of St Don Bosco ward (Mphakati) for their continued prayers.

According to Judith’s husband, Humphrey, the wife has been battling with renal failure (kidney problem) for about three years and has visited several hospitals including going to South Africa four times for treatment.

Humphrey escorted the wife to India on August 12, 2013, alongside her mother, and underwent a successfully kidney replacement donated her younger sister.

“We thank God everything went well. We have been to several hospitals for treatment, doctors have tried their best but to no avail. So we just agreed to have her kidney replaced,” Humphrey told Nyasa Times after the mass.

During the mass, the couple’s 10-year-old son, named Casper, recited an emotional poem titled ‘Mum and Dad’, which left the faithful with tears of joy. In the poem, the child welcomed his parents and talked about how he missed them and the power of God.

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