Focus on the “Positives” to Define Carriacou & Petite Martinique
Bishop, Clyde Harvey, appealed to the people of the sister isles to focus on the many achievements and natural beauty of this twin isle community and not to allow the challenges of 2019 to define Carriacou and Petite Martinique. The Bishop who continued the tradition of his predecessor, Bishop Vincent Darius, by ensuring that New Year’s Day mass is celebrated at the Sacred Heart Church in Petite Martinique, said that the many successes of the two islands are positive values to take into the new year.
The Bishop who also celebrated mass at several churches on Carriacou, said that the islands should not be cloaked in negatives. He pointed to the successful completion of the Tyrell Bay Port, the success of many students in their 2019 exams, among other achievements.
According to Bishop Harvey, one of the dangers in today’s society is the use of mobile phones where some people use it to avoid meeting and chatting with anyone else. He also pointed out that some young men are unable to have a decent conversation because of their commitment and loyalty to the cell phone. He expressed his concern that some parents are allowing their children to go astray by the type of music they allow them to listen to, and therefore appealed to them to make a change for the better in 2020.
“I hope that leaders in Carriacou and Petite Martinique can speak of the positives and not negatives,” said Bishop Harvey.
He said that there is a culture of warmth and acceptance which spreads across the sister isles that speaks to the tranquil and blessed nature of Carriacou and Petite Martinique. He called on Christians to let the year be one of family – both the immediate and extended.
The Bishop beseeched those who were carrying any hate for another to sever that, saying “you are only poisoning yourself with such pain and such hurt; hate eats into your heart.”
He added that he remains optimistic that the sister isles would continue to count its many, many blessings and not dwell on the negatives. The Bishop hopes that more people would grow closer to the teachings of the Lord and fill the pews at the various churches. He asked, “You may have gone through the gospel but has the gospel gone through you.”