Malawi’s spiritual health is determined by the thinking, the attitudes, and the character her people, a situation that demands the church to orient its members on the need to work collectively towards development, says President Arthur Peter Mutharika.
He said this on Saturday at Zomba Catholic Secondary School ground during consecration of the Very Reverend Father George Desmond Tambala as Bishop of Zomba Diocese.
“Our collective national character determines whether we develop or whether we regress into petty existence. For some time now, Malawi has been suffering a disease of the spirit. Something one scholardescribed as pneumapathology – a disease of the spirit. We are a nation crying for transformation, yet we resist change every way it comes. We are full of cynicism and we have no faith in ourselves as a nation,” said Mutharika.
“We want change, but we don’t want to change the way we think. We want to take a positive direction, yet are blinded by negative attitudes. We want to see everything negatively,” he noted.
President Mutharika reminded Malawians to stop dwelling on negativity and spreading sensitive rumours and lies against authorities and fellow citizens alike.
He made specific mention of a case in which social media users were fed and believed a false story in which a banker in Bangwe Township was believed to have murdered his wife.
Unfortunately, the issue was mere fabrication though it spread like wildfire before anyone would
Turns to God
The President asked the church to play a greater role in healing the nation from this kind of sickness which leads to hatred, lack of patriotism and integrity.
“I will count on you the Church to teach us the old ways of believing in truth,” said Mutharika, adding: “You are the people to heal the national spirit because the church is the guardian of morality. Please heal our souls! And I count on you as the church to assist government in making a Malawian culture of Patriotism, Integrity and Hardwork.”
Mutharika continue: “Make us believe that God gave us everything we need to develop. And God made us to believe in ourselves if we believe in Him. Make us believe, that in the beginning, God made us to love our country, and to care for the environment that nurtures our existence.
“Make us believe that God made us to be a people with high sense of integrity. Make us believe that God made us to achieve anything with excellence, if we do whatever we do with all our mind; with all our soul; with all our strength. And with God, everything is possible.”
In his remarks Bishop Tambala said he is ready to lead the church into a new way of thinking which will be fully based on serving the underprivileged and the poor in communities. In line with his vision, Bishop Tambala has chosen “God is rich in mercy” as his theme during his calling as bishop.
Father Tambala, who was appointed Bishop by Pope Francis in October 2015, was born on November 18, 1968 in Zomba.
He has served the Catholic church in various capacities since April 13, 1996 when he was ordained as priest at Chiphaso Parish in Lilongwe Archdiocese. He did
his secondary school education at Child Jesus Nankhunda Minor Seminary in Zomba.
He later did his Philosophical studies at Inter Congregation Institute in Balaka. In 1990 he entered the Novitiate of Discalced CarmelitesOrder and made his first religious profession on July 31 1991. In 2001, Father Tambala obtained a Licentiate Degree in Theology at the Faculty of Northern Spain having followed specialization courses at Teresa – St. John of Avila International Centre. Father Tambala speaks 7 languages: English, Chichewa, Yao, Swahili, Italian, Spanish and Italian.
Other works and responsibilities that Bishop Tambala has undertaken as a priest include Parochial Vicar at Kapiri Parish in the Archdiocese of Lilongwe from 1996 to 1998, Postulants Master and Teacher of Spirituality at Inter Congregation Institute in Balaka from 2000 to 2002 and Provincial Delegate Superior in the Mission of the Province of San Joaquin of Navarre in Malawi from 2002 to 2008.
Others include Superior of the House of Spirituality of Nyungwe in the Archdiocese of Blantyre from 2002 to 2008 and Definitor General in Charge of Africa and Madagascar and the Order of Discalced Carmelites, from 2009 until his appointment as Bishop of Zomba Diocese.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :