From my humble perspective, since Catholics are all united in the one Catholic Church headed by Christ himself and the Christians all constitute the body; the church which is one, Holy, Apostolic and universal, is the one ushered by Christ to go into the world under the leadership of St. Peter to fish men for the Kingdom of God.
The Church is still doing that marvelous job through the magisterium of the church from one generation to the other.
The “Church” by obligation constitutes Christian brothers in the entirety of humanity.
The Catholic Church has at least to my knowledge penetrated to all the big and lesser Nations of the world. The very church has the same Divine Authority to gather souls for the Kingdom of God as Jesus told the Apostles that what is accepted on earth will be tolerated in heaven. This same church should be as beautiful and as perfect as perfection can imagine.
The church has that supreme and Divine authority to shout and even stop the Nations that are waging wars and causing genocide. The same church has the supreme and Divine powers to speak to corrupt governments and even to guide and direct the United Nations on how the umbrella of love, peace and justice could possibly cover all the people and Nations of the world just as the universe covers everyone and everyone on earth is answerable to the dictates of the universe.
The church should not stand aloof and watch New Adolf Hitlers spring up in the world and kill God’s people everywhere as though there was a pestilence.
The church’s major role in bringing Christ to all the hearts in the world as its mission must fan love, peace and justice everywhere and the world by obligation must listen to the church whose powers come from Christ. The Catholic world must be one that lives in love and gathers all the people everywhere in oneness of God, in holiness, like the holiness of God and bring justice to the world.
These are some of the perplexities that give me sleepless nights as I see the vulgaries and human indignities being perpetuated, with continuous genocide caused by dictators and blood thirsty men. Not only that, some big Nations cause a lot of stress in the world, they provoke wars, fan dictators, and help dictators to do massive killings on their citizens through their military. There is absolutely something worse than slave trade and suffering going on in the world.
The Catholic World for all the Nations of the World
The Catholic world, headed by our Lord himself must work relentlessly towards world peace, love and justice. The church must remain wholly “Catholic” bearing the hall marks of our Lord. The sign of the cross must run through the veins of every Catholic everywhere in the world. Where there is the Catholic world, Christ himself is there because the “Catholic” is well bounded by love, peace and justice.
Where is Catholicism in a world where some big Nations like the Mighty Shark are eating smaller Nations? Where is the love that binds Catholicism in the world where the Rwanda Genocide and the current genocide going on in the world does not mean anything to anyone anywhere?
Keeping peace, love and justice is part of spreading God’s love and the gospel.
The ongoing killings in the Southern Cameroons are a nightmare with well over 40.000 refugees out in Nigeria, countless houses burnt down to ashes. Some other thousands hiding in the bushes out of fear and the shootings from the soldiers of La Republique du Cameroun. It is the concern of every Catholic in the world. What a world and what a hell going on with God’s people everywhere! The sooner people stop producing guns, bombs and other destructive material, the better for the world. The world is not man’s world but God’s world. The First and Second World Wars destroyed their quota and went, and other wars keep going in the world as though the world is a glorious battle field. Since there are no wars beyond this present world, what would war mongers do when they die? Certainly pay for the wars they caused on earth?
At the time the biblical Cain killed his brother Abel, God was angry with him, because the blood of Abel cried to God, and so does the blood of anyone killed cries to God.
At the time many more churches are springing into the world, spreading the gospel of the Lord, the gospel cannot properly be spread out of love, peace and justice.
At the time Christians are prayerfully awaiting the second coming of Christ, the world ought to desist from animosity, wars and genocide. “Love” as preached by Christ, peace and justice must envelop the world.
Anarchy and terror must not reign in the world. Christ must not be re-crucified by the hatred and killings going on in the world.
The onerous task of the church is to penetrate into the hearts of world dictators for them to put love into practical terms by good governance and the avoidance of exploitation and wars, and bring peace and justice where it is due. The church must put an end to every genocide anywhere in the world, and let love, peace and justice knit all humanity into oneness.
Church Teaching on Love
CCC 1823 states: “Jesus makes charity the New Covenant. By loving his own “to the end” he manifests the Father’s love which he receives. By loving one another, the disciples initiate the love of Jesus which they themselves receive. Whence Jesus says “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love. And again “This is my commandment that you love one another as I have loved you”.
Love is therefore the cardinal point of Christ’s coming into the world and the church that constitutes the body of Christ must revolve on all the cardinal points love, peace and justice in the entire world, so that the world can comfortably accommodate Christ, while waiting for his second coming.
The flames of violence, misery, war and genocide are blazing in the world unchecked; and the church for the love of Christ must extinguish the flames and replace them with the luminous flames of love, peace and justice.
CCC 1889 states thus “Without the help of Grace, men would not know how to discern the often narrow path between cowardice which gives in to evil and the violence which under the illusion of fighting evil only makes it worse”. This is the path of charity that is of the love of God and of neighbour. Charity is the greatest social commandment. It respects others and their rights. It requires the practice of justice and it alone makes us capable of it.
CCC 1866 states thus “To love is to will the good of another”.
CCC 1825 states that “Christ died out of love for us while we were still “enemies”. The Lord asks us to love as he does, even our enemies, to make ourselves the neighbour of those farthest away and to love children and the poor as Christ himself.
CCC 1822 further states that “Charity is the theological virtue by which we love God above all things for his own sake and our neighbour as ourselves for the love of God”
The church, therefore, the entire people of God must love collectively and fight the evils of the times collectively from the central point in order to restore peace, love and justice which are far lacking in the present world.
The church’s teachings on love should not remain theoretical! Field work and action are required.
The Warnings of the Lord
III Jerusalem Reproached
Ah! Rebellious and polluted,
The tyrannical city!
It listens to no voice,
accepts no correction,
In the Lord, it has not trusted,
Nor drawn near to its God.
Its officials within it are roaring lions
Its judges are desert wolves
that have no bones to gnaw in the morning.
Its prophets are reckless
Its Priests profane what is holy,
and do violence to the law.
But the Lord in its midst is just,
doing no wrong;
Morning after morning rendering judgment
Unfailingly, at dawn
the wicked, however, know no shame
I have cut down Nations,
their battlements are laid waste;
I have made their streets deserted
with no one passing through;
Their cities are devastated,
With no one dwelling in them.
I said “surely now you will fear me,
You will accept correction;
They cannot fail to see
all I have brought upon them”,
Yet the more eagerly they have done
all their corrupt deeds.
The Nations punished and Jerusalem restored
Therefore wait for me. Oracle of the Lord.
Until the day when I arise as accuser
For it is my decision to gather Nations,
to assemble kingdoms
In order to pour out upon them my wrath
all my blazing anger;
For in the fire of my passion,
all the earth will be consumed
For then, I will make pure
the speech of the peoples
That they all may call upon the name of the Lord
to serve him with one accord;
From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia
and as far as the recesses of the North
they shall bring me offerings.
On that day
You will not be ashamed of all your deeds,
When you rebelled against me;
For then, I will remove from your midst
the proud braggards
And you shall no longer exalt yourself
On my holy mountain.
The Message, Lord of the Universe Psalm 2:1-11
Why do the Nations protest
and the peoples conspire in vain?
Kings on earth rise up
and princes plot together
against the Lord and against his anointed one:
“Let us break their shackles
and cast off their chains from us”.
The one who enthroned in heaven laughs
The Lord derides them,
Then he speaks to them in his anger
in his wrath he terrifies them;
“I myself have installed my King
on Zion my holy mountain”.
I will proclaim the decree of the Lord
he said to me. “You are my son,
today I have begotten you.
As it of me
and I will give you the Nations as your inheritance
and as your possession, the ends of the earth
with an iron rod you will shepherd them
like a porter’s vessel you will shelter them”
And now kings give heed,
take warning, judges on earth.
Serve the Lord with fear;
exalt with trembling, accept correction.
Lest he becomes angry and you perish along the way.
When his anger suddenly blazes up.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
Source Pray for us sinners by FF Jim Borst MHM.
Fatima confirmed the Final Stage
“At Fatima, Our Lady confirms in our present century, the power of sin and evil. Satan himself has largely set the agenda of historical events: large scale lapse from the faith, breakdown of morality; widespread divorce; the sexual revolution; abortion and drug epidemics accompanied by war; famines and persecution of believers and of the church”.
We are all living witnesses to these happenings in the world. The church cannot rely only on the theory of spreading the Gospel to the world. The church must break all satanic strategies of killing innocent souls, the burning of peoples’ homes, or people becoming refugees outside and even in their own homes.
Once people loose faith, Satan draws many believers into hell fire.
As Satan has courageously set largely an agenda of historical events to break down morality, the church must resolve to counteract the agenda of Satan against God’s people.
When I talk of the church, I am referring to the universality of the church that embodies all Christians and all God fearing people in the world.
The people of God need security and must not be tortured by power mongers all over the world who are being directed by Satan the devil. The church must avoid all sorts of bribery and corruption and work towards enhancing love, justice and the truth throughout the world.
Remedial Measures to Salvage God’s People from Satan’s agenda and to Restore Faith among God’s People:
God has shown his love for man by creating man in his own image. Genesis chapter 1:17. God created mankind in his image.
In the image of God he created them. God blessed them and God said to them: Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it.” The African Bible.
What God has created and blessed, let no one curse it. Let no one destroy it. Today, the killings of God’s people everywhere should give every genuine Christian the concern. God’s reason of creating man is out of love and this love covers all humanity just as the universe covers all mankind.
The Holy Church that receives Divine authority from Christ must cover all humanity with love and so it must not stand aloof when all these evils and genocide are plaguing the world.
After the World War I and II, Adolf Hitler was pursued for war crimes and so must the church in its oneness pursue all dictators all over the world that constitute the source of all evils taking place in the world under the influence and well calculated agenda of Lucifer the greatest enemy of God.
Either the world is Catholic or it is not.
Either the world is for Christ or for the Devil and his agents.
Church theologians must give a serious thought of what is going on in the world and draw strategies to bring Christ even into the hearts of tigers and leopards to honour man, God’s image.
The church must devise ways of causing wars and genocide to stop and causing peace, love and justice to prevail to all citizens anywhere and everywhere in the world.
As the world is waiting for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, the stage must be well prepared because Christ will not die a second time to rescue man whom he had earlier rescued!
The United Nations of the World
If the UN fails in maintaining world peace, love and justice, the church must not.
If the church allows Satan and his agents to triumph over the lives and souls of men, then it will be very horrible. The church and its people are the property of God and so the church must defend itself, its Christians and all of humanity in oneness and sow practically seeds of love, justice and peace among the rulers of the world. Dictatorship anywhere must be hewn.
Possible World Peace
“But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse and from his roots a bud shall blossom.
The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him; a spirit of wisdom and of understanding;
A spirit of counsel and of strength and his delight shall be the fear of the Lord. Not by appearance shall he judge, nor by hearsay shall he decide.
“But he shall judge the poor with justice and decide fairly for the land’s afflicted. He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.
Justice shall be the band round his waist and faithfulness a belt upon his lips.
Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat. The calf and the young lion shall browse together with a little child to guide them.
The cow and the bear shall graze together, their young shall lie down.
The lion shall eat hay like the ox.
The baby shall play by the viper’s den and the child lay his head on the adder’s lair. They shall not harm or destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the fear of the Lord as water covers the sea.
Summarily, I am humbly making a pertinent appeal for the church to preach love, peace and justice in practical terms by always intervening and by preventing war and genocide perpetuated on God’s people, causing the down trodden to loose their faith in God while giving Satan the upper hand.
The church cannot remain perpetually silent or neutral over such heinous crimes on human rights violation going on in the world.
The church has authoritative influence and divine authority over preaching Christ, the center of love to all the people and to all the Nations of the world.
If the church was able to execute Galileo over the simple fact that he said rightly that the world is round, what more of serving God by preventing torture of the very people that God greatly loves.
The church cannot continue to play the role of neutrality even over the killing of Christians, Priests and Apostles.
With very little amount paid by Christians world-wide, huge sums of money could go to have a permanent peace keeping force to check all the human right abuses prevalent in the world perpetuated by some very powerful Nations over poorer Nations, especially when it comes to cruelsome neo colonization and exploitation.
This will bring peace, love and justice to the entire people and bring Christ deep in every heart.
Satan has already corrupted the United Nations and it no longer understands the prime action of bringing love, peace and justice in the world.
Peace, love and justice could surely come into the world through the church that constitute Christ as “love” and its head.
If the church subjects itself to corruption and indifference to the atrocities going on in the world, then Christians and God’s people will begin to loose faith both in the church and on Christ who is the head of the church, giving Satan, the evil one the upper hand and this must not be!
The church that has divine authority and supreme authority is Christ’s final word to the Nations of the world on the principles of love, peace and justice without borders.
Everyone on earth created in God’s image deserves a fair share of love, peace and justice from God’s people.
Peter Forchu Chesami, Ph.D., LTCL, FCOLLP
Student of the 14th Batch Maryvale in the Archdiocese of Bamenda writing from the rostrum of the Laity, with a view of the suffering church, and humanity on earth.