Klerksdorp, 29 March, 2023 / 8:44 pm (ACI Africa).
The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese Klerkdorp in South Africa has counseled the youth in Southern Africa to stick to their values and principles following the example of Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego (in Hebrew: Hananiah, Azariah, and Mishael) recorded in the book of Daniel.
In a Wednesday, March 29 reflection, which was based on the First Reading of the day, Bishop Victor Hlolo Phalana urged young people to always strive to shun evil, including corruption.
“Stand for something or fall for everything. When you stand, you become visible. Refuse to bow down like these three men (Shadrack Meshack and Abednego). Refuse to compromise your values, beliefs, and convictions,” Bishop Phalana said.
He added in reference to the youth in the three countries covered by the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), “It is important especially for young men and women today in South Africa to stand against evil, corruption, or wrongdoing. That way, you become visible. It is also important for us in Botswana, South Africa, and Eswatini, to put into practice the words of Jesus like these three young men.”
“Let your light shine before people, so that they can see your deeds and give honor to your Father in heaven,” the South African Catholic Bishop said.