FOREVER WITH GOD AND ABOUT GOD

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Three brothers from the Provincial Vicariate of Equatorial Africa (VEA): Jean Paul Tagheu (Cameroon), Herman Loumbé (Congo-Brazzaville) and Juste Boylamba (Central African Republic), made solemn Profession in the Order of Preachers. The profession of Brothers Jean Paul and Herman took place on September 11, 2015 at Saint Joseph Priory, Douala (Cameroon), and for Brother Juste, on September 13, 2015 at the University Chaplaincy of Brazzaville (Republic of Congo). Brother Jean Paul Tagheu speaks of these two celebrations presided over by Brother Michel Lachenaud, O.P., Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of France.

Hence, we seize this opportunity to express our immense joy and gratitude to the merciful and mighty God, who granted us such a grace. We have asked for God’s mercy and yours, and you have given it to us in a solemn and total manner. Woe to us, therefore, if in our turn, after receiving this mercy we do not transmit it to the whole world (cf. 1 Cor 9: 16). The challenge before us is therefore great. From now on and forever, we are missionaries of God’s Mercy. For to speak with God and about God is nothing else than to speak of His infinite Mercy.

This is rightly why, during his homily, the Prior Provincial, Brother Michel Lachenaud, op., exhorted us to be everywhere witnesses of love in our mission as preachers. He exhorted us to a total renunciation of ourselves, so that our following of Christ might be fecund and fruitful for the salvation of sinners of whom we are the firsts. “Faith in the Gospel and its proclamation to humankind” Brother Lachenaud says, “expose us to a great risk: that of losing ourselves for the sake of Christ and the salvation of souls”.

These words strengthened us in our total commitment, as sons and brothers of Saint Dominic in the Order of Preachers; as disciples and friends of Christ, the Saviour of the world. And knowing that you are with us in this Vineyard and Harvest of Christ, we count once more on God’s Mercy and yours. We rely on your prayers, in so far as to say thank you for God’s grace is also to ask for God’s grace without which we can do nothing (cf. Jn 15: 5) and are nothing. Continue to pray for us and with us; let us pray together for the conversion of humankind, for justice and peace in the world.

Thanking God whom we do not see visibly, we would like to thank all of you, brothers and sisters, for your companionship of love and mercy. Our thanks is particularly directed to our superiors and formators throughout these years; to our natural families respectively, who were the first to show us the way to the Church and towards consecration. Saint Augustine says, “good shepherds are made from good sheep”. (Sermon on Shepherds 46, 29-30). In other words, good Dominicans, which we want to be are made from good brothers and sisters, good lay faithful, friends and relatives like you.

fr. Tagheu Jean Paul, O.P

 

(07 October 2015)