Auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra, Most Rev. Anthony Narh Asare has emphasized the crucial role mothers play in shaping their children’s attitudes towards authority figures, including priests and police officers.
Drawing on the example of Mary, the mother of Jesus, Bishop Asare highlighted the importance of setting a positive example for children. He noted that when parents engage in negative talk about priests or police for example, it can erode the respect and trust that children should have for these figures.
The bishop’s message resonates as a call to mothers to be mindful of the influence they wield in their children’s lives, reminding them of Mary’s unwavering support and love for her son, Jesus, despite the challenges she faced.
Bishop Narh Asare was speaking at the Accra chapter of the World Union of Catholic Women (WUCWO) Day celebration at the Holy Spirit Cathedral on September 9.
“Somebody told me, Father, I want you to come and talk to my children, they are out of hand. I said are you sure they will listen to me? She said maybe. So I told her a story. If we are in the car with the children and we are insulting Policemen, the children no longer fear police. In the same way when you gossip to them about priests saying these people are collection experts. Then when you need a priest to come to talk to them, you see them smiling.”
“They are saying in their head ‘hmm if you knew what my mother says about you, you won’t come and sit here’,” Bishop Narh Asare said.