Bishop Tambala urges youths to heed God’s call

Bishop of the Diocese of Zomba of the Catholic Church, Right Reverend George Desmond Tambala, has advised the youths to heed when the Lord calls them to different vocations in the church.

Bishop Tambala: Don’t ignore God’s call to vocation,.-Photo by Watipaso Mzungu Jnr, Nyasa Times
Some of the youth who attended the Vocation Day – Photo by Watipaso Mzungu Jnr, Nyasa Times

Speaking at Zomba Cathedral during activities to commemorate this year’s Vocations Sunday, Tambala emphasised that young people need to be decisive by ensuring that they answer to the Lord’s calling without delay or hesitation.

The bishop cited Saint Peter who left everything he owned at the advice of Jesus Christ when he [Jesus] Peter to follow him.

“There are a number of vocations in the Catholic Church and the youth, as the most energetic group of people in the Church, are particularly invited to join. You are called upon to reflect deeply on your life and make a right decision of what you want to become in the future,” said Tambala.

On the use of information, communication and technology (ICT), the bishop advised the youth to use social media responsibly as a platform for sharing their Catholic faith and help them enhance their education.

On the other hand, Tambala, without endorsing any candidate or political party, advised the youths to vote wisely at the forthcoming tripartite elections scheduled for 21 May, 2019, by choosing leaders who have the welfare of people at heart.

He said voters should be guided by qualities of a good leader outlined by Catholic Bishops in their recent Pastoral Letter entitled ‘a call for a new era in Malawi’.

The National Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) National Director, Father Vincent Mwakhwawa, thanked vocation promoters from different Religious Congregations in the Catholic Diocese of Zomba for coming in large numbers on the day to inspire the youth.

Mwakhwawa said Vacations Day gives the youth an opportunity to hear more about the various vocations existing in the universal church so that they can decide their vocational destiny at the right time.

The Zomba Diocese youth representative, Steve Mataka, thanked the PMS National Office for taking this year’s Vocations Sunday celebrations to Zomba, saying this is a great spiritual motivation to the youth in the district.

He promised that youths in the diocese will deeply reflect and encourage discussions on Pope Francis’s Vocations Day message and do the needful.

This year’s Vocations Sunday National Celebration was held concurrently with the Diocesan Youth Rally in Zomba and it attracted a cross-section of youths from parishes and schools across the Catholic Diocese of Zomba.

The 2019 Vocations Sunday theme from the Holy Father, Pope Francis, is ‘the courage to take a risk for God’s promise’

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