‘Bring back humor to family’ – African bishop

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Thousands of Couples for Christ (CFC) leaders attend the Pastoral Formation Office Conference from June 11 to 12 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. (Photo: Nirva Delacruz)

PASAY City, June 12, 2016 – Is your home a place of laughter and clean fun? A Kenyan prelate visiting the Philippines stressed how important it is that families rediscover the God-given gift of the funny bone.

“Bring humor to the family because that is where Jesus was born!” said Homa Bay Bishop Philip Arnold Subira Anyolo, who is in the Philippines to join the 35th founding anniversary of the lay Catholic community Couples for Christ (CFC) to be celebrated on June 18 at the Quirino Grandstand.

Giving the homily during the second day Mass of the CFC Pastoral Formation Office Conference at the SMX Convention Center earlier today, the prelate, who serves in the ecclesiastical province of Kisumu in Kenya, said the need for humor is a felt need precisely because “families can be very sad sometimes.”

“Without the family, we are in trouble… Go back to the family. Go back to the image of God in the human person,” he said.

Humor for evangelization

Giving words of encouragement and praise to the mostly Filipino crowd, Anyolo said Filipinos’ have a gift of humor that helps them supernaturally transform problems and trials into joy.

“I want to congratulate the Philippines for having a new tenet of evangelization, humor… Don’t give up. Courage,” he added, saying such a light-hearted gift can only come from God and shows the beauty of being human.

“Those who believe in God are always happy… It is only the fool who believes there is no God.”

Anyolo told some 3,500 attendees who were there for the 2-day conference: “Use your gift.”

The bishop also commended CFC’s work of evangelization among families, telling them to have courage.

Bringing back lost sheep

“I want to assure you of the blessings of God with what you are doing. You are bringing in that (work with families) as a new aspect of New Evangelization,” he said.

“Save one, God wants that one. Bring back the lost sheep.”

CFC’s weeklong 35th anniversary celebration kicked off today with the first of a series of conferences and congresses until the main celebration next Saturday which is expected to gather some 100,000 members and leaders from all over the Philippines, Africa, Oceania, North America, and Asia.

CFC is an international Catholic lay ecclesial movement based in the Philippines. (Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz / CBCPNews)

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