From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste
MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 2013
Bishop John Oballa Owaa of Ngong Catholic Diocese yesterday told youth to keep to moral values and self-discipline. He said if youth are not careful they can be mislead by mass media, especially mobile phones which is easily accessible to children.
Bishop Obala said this during his homily at St Thomas Catholic Church, Magadi Soda, Kajiado County. He came to confer the sacrament of confirmation to about 71 confirmands.
Moral values and self-discipline he said are slowly diminishing over the years, as most of the younger generation are gradually disregarding these ethics. People who do not have base values he said are not even able to feel good about doing something right, that explains why the statistics of abortion among teenagers in Kenya is worrying.
Since children and adolescents are constantly watching those around them, especially the adults who are most present and significant in their lives, bishop Oballa said it is, therefore, extremely important for parents to model the kind of actions they want youth to engage in.
Because children observe and imitate the behavior of adults, adults must be sure to demonstrate consistently appropriate behavior at all times. Parents should guide their children how to get rid of negative media which can ruin their moral values, especially pornography.
Because generations of young people today have grown up with computers, the internet, email, chat rooms, social media, cell phones, etc, children are encountering pornography at younger ages and more teens are becoming addicted to it.
The average age when a child first encounters hard-core pornography today is 11. Their use of the internet, email, texting, social media websites, video games, and chat rooms make them more vulnerable to exposure to pornography and to sexual predators.
Exposure to pornography can affect a child’s psychosexual and spiritual development. This is because they are introduced to a world they are unable to understand. That is why for example, for boys the message is that “girls are to be used for men’s sexual pleasure.
When it comes to abortion, young girls in Kenya were more afraid of carrying a pregnancy to term than contracting sexually transmitted infections like HIV/Aids. They with pregnancy, most people disown you including parents and it is seen as shameful.
The main determining factor for termination of pregnancy amongst these women appeared to be the fact that it was unwanted and/or unplanned, either because of inappropriate timing, the type of man responsible, the relationship itself and the social and economic implications thereof.
As a result, at least 2,600 Kenyan women die in public hospitals each year after having botched backstreet abortions. Many more die at home without seeking medical care. This is despite the fact that Kenya is a deeply religious Christian country where the church is vocal in its condemnation of abortion.
Basing his homily on the first reading from Isaiah 66:18-21: “They shall bring all your kindred from all the nations as an offering to the Lord”, the bishop said we must co-exist as one family of God. He said we should not allow politicians to divide Kenyans along tribal lines.
“It did not matter whether you are a Luo, Kikuyu, Kalenjin, Kisii, Kamba, etc, what matters is that we are Kenyans, and above all children of God”, bishop said amid cheers from the crowd.
And on the second reading from Hebrews 12:5-7,11-13, the bishop said that as Christians we should endure trials. He said nothing should separate us from God, whether hunger, poverty, unemployment, etc.
“God is treating you as children; for what child is there whom a parent does not discipline? Now, discipline always seems painful rather than pleasant at the time, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed”.
On the Gospel taken from Luke 13:22-30 -the bishop said since salvation is a process, no one can claim that he/she is saved. Giving the reason why God created us, “to know him, serve and live with him for ever in eternal life”, the bishop said we must works hard towards our salvation.
“Jesus went through one town and village after another, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few be saved?” He said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able. When once the owner of the house has got up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then in reply he will say to you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’
Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’ But he will say, ‘I do not know where you come from; go away from me, all you evildoers!’ There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrown out. Then people will come from east and west, from north and south, and will eat in the kingdom of God. Indeed, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”
Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ
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