A Catholic priest is urging Barbadians to continue doing good even though evil-doers in the country appear to be prospering.
Delivering the sermon during a service to mark the 60th anniversary of the Barbados Co-operative Credit Union League (BCCUL), Father Charles Dominique, priest in charge of the St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, on Bay Street, The City, acknowledged that these were challenging times for Christians in particular.
However, he urged them to remain steadfast and to hold fast to their religious principles.
“Each of us must be vigilant and we must seek justice and we must be compassionate with each other.
“These times call for us who are Christians to remain faithful until the Lord comes and sometimes it is difficult. Sometimes you think what’s the good in being a good
person or a Christian when you look around and you see the people who are doing the worst things seem to be getting through.
“Why are the evil people, the bad people prospering while the good people aren’t? . . . When you look around in the world sometimes it is hard to remain faithful, but that is the challenge. We are waiting for the Lord to come but in the meantime, we have to get on with the work of building up God’s kingdom and we also have to be prepared.
“We are all blessed with the gift of life and we have gifts of talents that we must use . . . . So, it is not about building up our own self-esteem or thinking that we are better than other people. It is really about building up the whole community,” Father Dominique insisted.
Noting that the work of credit unions was similar to the church as it called for the collective to help the individual, the Catholic priest told members of the congregation that they should not become despondent even amid the difficult times, but remain faithful and trust in God even when bad things happen.
Also addressing the congregation was Anthony Pilgrim, general manager of the BCCUL, who said the work of credit unions was a labour of love.
He said the league, which was the representative body for the country’s 31 credit unions, looked out for the interests of credit union members, and was involved in providing development services and capacity building for the movement.