Lome, 15 January, 2022 / 3:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The Archbishop of Togo’s Lomé Archdiocese has cautioned Diocesan Priests in the West African nation against the tendency to show off as all-powerful in the process of giving people assurance about God in what he termed “playing the comedy of omnipotence”.
Addressing members of the Clergy Tuesday, January 11 during Holy Mass marking the start of the General Assembly of the Association of Diocesan Priests in Togo, Archbishop Nicodème Anani Barrigah-Benissan said, “One of the most difficult tasks of a Priest is the encounter or the experience he has with the evil spirit, the devil.”
“Avoid playing the comedy of omnipotence. It is true that the Lord passes through our assurance, but let us not make our faithful believe that we are all-powerful people invested with a superhuman strength,” Archbishop Barrigah-Benissan cautioned.
The Togolese Archbishop urged Priest to avoid playing the “almighty man in front of the devil. Don't play the comedy because in this matter, God is the one who is really aware of the seriousness of the situation.”
He continued, “Faith is not to be confused with presumption. I would like you to exercise this ministry with humility allowing the Lord to be the victor.”