Nothing can prevail against the church

Is this not a beautiful shot? I have captured a moment of deep joy as reflected on the faces of the two priests. Both are smiling so deeply, so beautifully. We have gone to look at an old Catholic church no longer in use. Behind the two priests is a very old church built by the early missionaries in the 19th century.

Today one sees a church locked up and no longer in use as a place of worship. It was one of the places where communist leaders held their meetings. One knows that a number of churches were destroyed, made into ware houses or factories. The people were deprived of the sacraments for thirty long years. How did it happen and how did they manage? Nothing can prevail against the church of God and nothing can stop our faith from growing. The blood of the martyrs indeed acts as the best impetus for unprecedented growth. Indeed, nothing can separate us from the love of God. St Paul’s words in Romans ring out loudly and clearly.

The church is also more than the physical building. We form the church. We are the treasure of the church. So we have reason to smile. Political ideologies no longer prevail. Instead the sleeping giant is waking up to make her presence felt in the world. It is about time for the new spring with fresh ideas to flourish and to bear fruit. The Church continues to grow. . . Praise God!

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