By Gideon Ebbah, GNA
(Ash), April 23, GNA – Women have been
admonished to harness their divine gifts to impact positive change in society’s
ills, including corruption, political vigilantism and drug addiction among the
Father Peter Brenyah, Priest of the Effiduase Catholic Church in the Sekyere
East District, in a homily to mark the Resurrection Day, said the female human
being, was created endowed with certain unique innate potentials, to enable her
perform gender roles and turn bad situations around, without any difficulties.
qualities included an enduring, selfless love, unflinching trust, the ability
to turn bad situations around, the ability to endure extreme pain and the
wisdom to coax and calm rising tempers.
He said these
among others, were exemplified in the biblical Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother
of James and Salomey, who were the first among the followers of Jesus Christ to
have seen the ‘Risen Lord’, as they mastered courage to visit the tomb where he
was buried and found it empty.
homily on Mark 16:1-20, the Priest said the women moved by the love they had
for the saviour, while the men disciples had gone under, cowed by threats of
persecution by the Pharisees, in tears, braced the odds and went to visit the
tomb to embalm his body with sweet-smelling spices.
Brenyah said, in like manner, women who form more than 5o per cent of the
country’s population should be regarded as such and supported to utilize such
potentials to the fullest in the nation building effort.
“In Ghana, the
likes of Yaa Asantewaa, the legendary queen of Ejisu, who led the Ashanti’s to
battle against the white colonial masters as well as other women, who have
risen to key leadership positions in politics, and other segments of society,
has demonstrated the special capabilities of women in utilizing their courage
and wisdom, to impact positive change.
“On the world
scene too, he cited Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, Ms. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,
former president of Liberia, among others, to buttress his point”.
Reverend Seth Oteng Ofori, the Minister in Charge of the Calvary Congregation
of the Presbyterian Church at Hwidiem in the Asante-Akim North, in an Easter
Sermon, advised the citizenry to follow the example of Christ’s sacrificial
death on the cross to sacrifice their time, resources and energies for national
“There is hope
for Ghana to become the economic hub in sub-Saharan Africa, if we changed and
developed positive attitudes, which would lead to national development,” he
He called for a
deliberate effort to groom disciplined and patriotic citizens with the passion
to contribute to the national cause to put the nation on the path of progress.