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AMDA Christians told to embrace Holistic Spirituality for a fulfilling life

Mr. Ndyanabo Gervase, the head of laity for Catholics in Uganda, has urged Christians to live a holistic spiritual life. He said this during the end-of-year thanksgiving Mass organized by members of the Archdiocese of Mbarara Development Association (AMDA) on Sunday, December 17, 2023, at Ggaba Seminary.

Mr. Ndyanabo who was the chief guest at the event, expressed concern about the tendency among some Christians to neglect spiritual teachings, focusing solely on worldly pleasures and material pursuits, leaving their souls neglected. He stressed the importance of a holistic approach to spirituality, cautioning against the imbalance of concentrating solely on the transient joys of this world.

Referring to a troubling trend in a particular country where rich individuals are succumbing to despair through suicide despite their material success, Mr. Ndyanabo urged Christians to view wealth as a means, not a goal. “Let us amass wealth, but if wealth becomes an end rather than a means, its acquisition may lead to unhappiness. It is crucial to strike a balance,” he advised.

AMDA Choir presenting Christmas Carols during the event

He clarified that AMDA is not a telecom, bank, or pressure group. He stressed that the primary pillar for AMDA should always be faith, prioritizing spiritual well-being over worldly pleasures.

He highlighted the pillar of unity among Christians, calling for the collective responsibility of a community. He praised the leadership of AMDA, encouraging them to uphold and perpetuate church traditions. Reminding Christians of the Archdiocese’s theme, “You are the salt of the earth, you are light for the whole world,” he urged them to actively embody and promote goodness in the world.

Christians dance in thanksgiving during Mass

During the homily, the main celebrant, Rev Fr. Stephen Baryamujura, noted the need for Christians to be prepared at all times, both spiritually and in their human needs. Drawing attention to the retirement of civil servants and priests, he highlighted the importance of planning for the afterlife, cautioning against using retirement funds solely for material pursuits.

Fr. Baryamujura called for spiritual readiness ahead of Christmas, urging Christians to receive the sacrament of reconciliation, fast, and engage in acts of charity as they prepare to welcome the child Jesus.

Rev Fr Baryamujura giving his homily during AMDA end of year thanksgiving Mass

Mr. Chris Gumisiriza, the Chairman of AMDA, took a moment to reflect on the achievements the association has accomplished throughout the year. These successes include the Lenten, Marian, and Advent retreats, the memorable trip to Kibeho, and the massive AMDA Caravan to Ibanda Parish.

He noted that it was indeed worthy to thank the Lord for His kindness and mercy bestowed upon the AMDA family. Mr. Gumisiriza recognized that these achievements were a collective effort and a testament to the unity and dedication of the members.

AMDA Chairman, Mr Chris Gumisiriza giving his remarks during the event

Ahead of the coming year, 2024, the chairman announced that the executive team would convene to plan for the upcoming year. He requested the support of all members for the initiatives and plans that would be presented during their meeting.

Sarah K. Biryomumaisho is a Multimedia journalist (Broadcast & Writing) with 11 years of experience. She holds a Diploma in Business Administration from Makerere Business Institute and a Certificate in Media Management from Women in News. She completed a Course in Wikimedia in 2020, making her one of the very few Wikipedia Editors in the country. She also has a certificate in Gender Justice Reporting from The International Women's Media Foundation, IWMF. She has worked with a number of media houses including 6 Radio stations, most recently Galaxy fm 100.2 & Radio 4. She has worked with Andariya Magazine as a writer. Sarah worked as a Digital Communications consultant for the newly revived Uganda Airlines and is also a Digital enthusiast. She owns a Media Organization called TheUgPost that publishes in Uganda and has a global reach. Twitter; https://twitter.com/BiryomumaishoB

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