As the diocese enters 2018, Bishop Clyde Harvey of St George’s-in-Grenada hoped that the faithful continue to be gift to one another and be particularly careful about the words one uses in the new year.
“If our words are to take flesh, will we be proud of the flesh they become? If we had to eat our own words, would we be happy with the meal?” Bishop Harvey asked in his first Christmas message as bishop. The full text was published in the December issue of Catholic Focus, the diocese’s monthly publication.
Bishop Harvey said whether in personal relationships, employment or political office, those who deceive to attain the prize will find themselves continuing to deceive to retain it.
He explained, “Let us strive to put aside the mauvais langue, true or lie, which leads to character assassination and enduring bitterness. Such animosity can destroy the common life which our people have been proud and happy to share.”
Bishop Harvey warned not to let the struggles of early 2018 lead to such bitterness that citizens will not be able to stand together if adversity confronts later in the year.
The Bishop thanked those who made him feel welcomed in Grenada, especially during his parish visits for Confirmation and the unforgettable moments in Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
He also mentioned his great pride in the response of Grenadians to the tragic experience of those in Dominica and Barbuda. “That compassion has roots in our own experience with (hurricanes) Janet and Ivan. Let us prepare ourselves for whatever comes in 2018,” he said.