The Inquirer (Monrovia)

Liberia: 'Don't Rejoice Over the Downfall of People'

The Parish Priest of the St. Kizito Catholic Church, Rev. Fr. Ambrose D. Kroma has cautioned Christians and Liberians not to rejoice when a neighbor is engulfed by difficulties. Speaking at a thanksgiving mass held yesterday in observance of The INQUIRER Newspaper's 22nd anniversary, Fr. Kroma told the congregation that everyone has his or her own cross to carry.

Sometimes He said sometimes an individual's cross could be sickness, unemployment, breakdown in marriage, confusion in the family among others as circumstances that could depress people from being an active contributor to society.

But with those conditions, Fr. Kroma said God should be the focus point because there is no problem that is bigger than him. "Your faith should be prayer. I trust you Lord that you can help my brother or sister who is going through difficulties in Life and not to rejoice," Fr. Kroma said.

Commenting further, with texts taken from Isaiah 62:1-5, Corinthians 12:4-11 and John 2:1-11, Fr. Kroma said Christians should always pray for God's grace with deeper faith to ensure growth and development in people's lives. He wants Liberians to avoid detestation and petty jealously when they hear about success in someone's life.

Fr. Kroma later congratulated the Publisher and Managing Editor of the INQUIRER Mr. Philip N. Wesseh and his staff for demonstrating courage in the promotion of free speech, justice and peace during those difficult years of existence as a watchdog in the society.

The Catholic Prelate expressed the optimism that the paper will continue to exhibit professionalism while carrying out its reportorial duty.

Acknowledging the commendation of Fr. Kroma, Mr. Wesseh lauded the Catholic Church in Liberia for the spread of the gospel and rendering assistance in other areas like health, education and communication.

Mr. Wesseh showered praises on Fr. Kroma for the level of development currently taking place at the church and urged parish members to continue working with him as priest of that church. Mr. Wesseh also said he was impressed with the melody of the choir and felt like being in his own church.

The INQUIRER later introduced his hard working team members to the church and explained that it is customary during the observance of the institution's anniversary that a church should be selected to worship thanking God for his numerous blessings and protection upon the entity.

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