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Do not accept mediocrity—Pereira (with CNC3 video)

Monday, March 25, 2013
Monsignor Christian Pereira leads the mass as parishioners participate in Palm Sunday procession at at Our lady of Perpetual Help RC church at Harris Promenade, San Fernando yesterday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA

Monsignor Christian Pereira says citizens must heed the advice of President Anthony Carmona and refuse to accept mediocrity at a time when fundamental values were being eroded. Delivering the sermon at the Palm Sunday Mass held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, San Fernando, yesterday, Pereira said too often people accept irresponsible values as part of the “Trini” lifestyle.



He said Carmona did not want an erosion of values and was resolute to work towards improving productivity, discipline and tolerance in T&T. “President Carmona showed us very clearly from the first day of his inauguration that he was prepared to take up this cross when he said it is no longer business as usual,” Pereira said.


“We cannot explain our mediocrity, our indiscipline and our violence by saying this is who we are. We cannot say we are Trinis and accept that that is what will continue. “People who do not love, who are incapable of loving will say we cannot do better. After all what do you expect? I am a Trini, I am indisciplined, irresponsible, careless and I don’t do this or  that. I don’t come to work early because I am a Trini.


Archbishop imparts serious message

“That is a course that our President is prepared to take to show that because of his commitment and love to you, he is not going to tolerate intolerance, indiscipline. He expects you and expects us as a people to be more productive and responsible because we are capable of being more.” He said the mental, physical and spiritual suffering of Jesus was not easy.


“Brutality is not easy...Jesus endured this,” he said. “There is spiritual suffering because in trying to live a virtuous life and being faithful, you come to the point where you wonder ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’” Pereira said spiritual suffering brings a sense of desolation.


“When because of our love we pursue what is right and do what is noble, we pursue the best and disagree with things that are contrary to our values and the values of Jesus,” he said. “We feel desolate that God has forsaken us.” However, he told the congregation to have faith. He noted that “faith is not about taking away difficulties but knowing that even in the midst of the most difficult and hard realities, God is present with us.”


Before the Mass, the congregation participated in a procession on Harris Promenade. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week which ends on Glorious Saturday.


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