Catholics mark feast of Peter ToRot


ON 7th July every year, the Catholic Church all over the world celebrates the feast of Blessed Peter ToRot – a lay man, a catechist and a martyr from East New Britain.
This year, the Laity Commission of PNG and Solomon Islandscelebrated the event at St Martin de Porres Parish, Morata, Port Moresby.
Bishop Bernard Unaballi in his homily said: “We must not develop plans on human capacity then at the end ask God to bless it.
He said planning should start with God and it should be a journey with Him until it is accomplished.
Unaballi said dedicating the Commission for Laity to God through the Patronage of Blessed Peter To Rot at the initial stages of the commission is involving God in the whole process of Laity formation and not leaving him out till the end.
Unabali challenged the people saying, “We have gone into a very fatal and dangerous trend of our christian Worship. We become so fanatic with the organised system of worship and forget about living our faith in our everyday life. We put up big liturgical celebration on Sundays and then after the celebration, we don’t help the poor.
“We share the Word of God and then we gossip after fellowship. We pray for forgiveness and peace and after prayer we don’t forgive.”
He said people have a problem of knowing Christ by facts and not prepared to live with him in faith.
Unaballi said all devotional groups and ministries for lay people or associations in the Church should be coordinated in consultation with the Commission for Laity and must be under the Laity.
He dedicated the Laity Commission of PNG and Solomon Islands to the patronage of Blessed Peter ToRot.

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