|Wednesday, November 28, 2001 |
Source: Dnevni list, November 26, 2001
BISHOP PERIC BLESSES THE PASTORAL CENTER IN BOBANOVO SELO
What does the opening of this pastoral center mean for You?
"I was in Cleveland, Ohio, this summer. The church, in which the Croatian
people gather, was full to capacity. Present were, as they informed me,
about 5000 of our people who moved there during the war. Even though it made
me happy to meet with the people, it was hard for me to see them on a
different continent. They definitely will not return to their homes,
especially the young people. Today I thanked God when I saw how many of the
people that remained here had gathered. I am grateful to all of those
people, as well as to those from various congregations: Jablanica, Konjic,
Vares, etc, becase they stayed here. I am also grateful that they hope to
start their families and find conditions for life here. I suggest that they
stay here, even if that means going through hardships because there are
hardships everywhere, and here they have their own land that requires
cultivation, on which they should work, live, and support their families. I
am glad that this is the beginning of new construction, turning towards the
Church, which should be the spiritual strength of this place and the people
of this congregation, but I would like it if all the people could have the
fundamental conditions for survival. However, if the people are satisfied
with their lives, then the Church can prosper as well."
The opening of this center also symbolizes much more for these people.
"Just as every body has a soul, without which there is no life or
consciousness, if this place doesn't have a soul then it's just a mass. But
if is has a soul, the Church and a conscience, then the people too will feel
different regardless of where they are from or what kind of hardships they
may be suffering."
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