HERALD’s Pauline zeal

We believe that we too can, by the grace of God, help strengthen the churches with the faith we share. We are challenged to be motivated and inspired

Sep 11, 2019

Pope Benedict XVI has declared this year as the Pauline Year, to commemorate the 2000th birth anniversary of Paul the Apostle. Many churches are organising various activities to heighten the awareness regarding St Paul’s contribution to the growth of the early Church. He is rightly acclaimed as the greatest missionary apostle of Christendom. It is not a mere human feat but a reflection of the sure anointing of the Holy Spirit that changed his life from Saul to Paul and led him to become the greatest Preacher of the Church of all time!

In his own biographical note from the Letter to the Philippians St Paul writes, “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as refuse, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him,” (Phil 3:8). Surely he loves Jesus Christ very much!

So, during this Pauline Year, we hope to be imbued by that same spark which inflamed St Paul with tremendous zeal to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to many nations. In the Acts of the Apostles we read that many “churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily,” (Acts 16:5).

We believe that we too can, by the grace of God, help strengthen the churches with the faith we share. We are challenged to be motivated and inspired and share our blessings by building our churches as St Paul did for the early Churches. This happened to St Francis Xavier, the great missionary Apostle of the East who went as far as China to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to the people. Like St Francis Xavier, we too can be challenged. Yes, we can!

In the Diocese of Keningau and under the Patronage of St Francis Xavier, a concern of the Diocese is being addressed. A way to the solution is to help those 100,000 or more sojourners who have left Sabah for the industralised towns and cities of West Malaysia to have a link with their roots and to enable them to grow in the faith. HERALD, in recognising this immense challenge, will humbly assist in this venture by providing additional pages of news and other interests from Sabah in Bahasa Malaysia.

Today at St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral this missionary venture — symbolised by the distribution of HERALD — will be launched by His Lordship Bishop Cornelius Piong at all the Feastday Masses.

We pray that the same missionary zeal of Sts Paul and Francis Xavier will draw more to know Jesus Christ and that HERALD will continue to be a humble instrument in this venture.

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