Archbishop Ssemogerere urges clergy not to promise miracles

The Archbishop of Kampala Paul Ssemogerere has urged Christians and clergy not to go to religious shrines seeking and preaching miracles or else they derail the faith of believers.

Delivering a sermon at Kiwamirembe Mother Mary Shrine, where he led mass to celebrate the 14th marriage anniversary of Dr Kasozi Saturnius and Lady Grace Kasozi Mulindwa,  Ssemogerere said it was wrong for Christians to flock to different places looking for this or that church minister to perform a miracle for them because this was a preserve of God.

He said that Kiwamirembe is a site for prayer and meditation and Christians should accordingly go there to seek God’s love and mercy and leave the rest to Him.  Many Catholics and non-Catholics have attributed their break-through to praying at the Shrine.

Ssemogerere was relating his sermon to the biblical readings in which Jesus healed a chronically bleeding woman and resurrected the deceased daughter of a synagogue official.

The Archbishop said no priest or clergy heals but God and He does it at his own time and discretion.

He said one Christian had reported to him having been to several priests and prayer places to pray for his incessant migraine but had registered no change, to which he told the patient “I will also not heal you but hold your faith in God.” “Let people not come here for this or that priest.  You’ll derail people’s faith.  It is God who heals but not us humans,” the Bishop added.

He was grateful to God for the couple through whom he had done wonders for the Church and humanity.

Bishop Ssemogerere said they were perfect to celebrate their anniversary because forty is an “important number in the scriptures.”

“It symbolizes the accomplishment of God’s purpose.  Jesus fasted for forty days in the desert.  The floods lasted for forty days.  Moses spent forty years in the desert.  So forty years according to the Church is time to thank God.”

He commended the couple for bringing up good children while in other cases many parents have children who are a problem to the community.

Dr Kasozi, a Papal Knight is a lecturer at the Uganda Management Institute and sits on various boards for St Mary’s College – Kisubi, Centenary Bank, Pax Insurance, Kiwamirembe Foundation, and Lubaga Cathedral Foundation among others.

Dr Kasozi said the Archbishop had given him the idea to celebrate the day at Kiwamirembe.  He commended Msgr Wynand Katende for having taken them through a spiritual retreat leading to the celebrations.

Businessman Emmanuel Katongole, a papal knight described Dr Kasozi as a very supportive friend and colleague in different areas.

Anthony Wamala, the Minister for Culture, Palaces, Tourism, and Security in the Buganda kingdom, applauded Kasozi for their contribution to the Church and the kingdom, which all people should emulate.

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