APPEAL FOR CONSECRATION OF SOUTH AFRICA
Add your voice to the sentiment expressed in this letter to:
Right Reverend Sithembele Sipuka,
Bishop of Mthatha and President of the SACBC
TO CONSECRATE SOUTH AFRICA
to the Sacred Heart of Jesus & The Immaculate Heart of Mary.
I had the pleasure to read and note the contents of Your Excellency’s homily on the occasion of the Episcopal Consecration of Mgr Joseph Kizito in Aliwal North in February.
Many of the points you raised clearly extend way beyond the borders of Aliwal North and indeed are indicative of a deep malaise in our country, both within the Church and most spheres of public life. Needless to say, your timely comments found great resonance with Family Action South Africa, whose activities carried out under the South Africa Needs Our Lady campaign name, are geared towards generating a great faith awakening in South Africa – precisely as an antidote to the multi-faceted crises facing both Church and society.
For the benefit of others invited to add their voices to this appeal, and unfamiliar with the gist of that homily, allow me to recall some of the vitally cogent points you emphasised, with which we find ourselves in complete consonance…
Your Excellency warned strongly against the temptation of worshipping at the altar of false Gods and singled these out as: Sunday work, with the distinction between Sundays and weekdays basically of no significance within the frenzy of commercial buying and selling; learners required to attend school on Sundays; sports events scheduled for Sundays along with an inordinate attachment to Sunday TV Sports. The obvious effect of these things being a weakening in the Faith dispositions of Catholics and demeaning of the Sabbath.
Your Excellency summed this up somewhat succinctly with “Sport has dethroned God” and that “man does not live on bread alone and that happiness on this earth does not constitute the fullness of our happiness because our complete happiness lies in the future with God for which we must prepare ourselves. And so the worship of wealth and money leads to doom because the more you get of it, the more you realize how poor you are.” You simultaneously warned against the frenetic pursuit of the latest and best in technological gadgetry.