First lady Madam Monica Chakwera has called on citizens in the country to emulate the good deeds that others do in supporting the needy.
She said this yesterday at Cherub Private School in Lilongwe during Legion of Mary Centenary celebration fundraising tea party.
Said Chakwera: “Let me urge you all to follow good examples, we have learnt and known for long like, St Mary and St Monica to support the needy in word and deed. We must help others to move out from their miserable situations. Mary was brave and kind that we must all try to emulate her.
“The Legion of Mary should be our good example and learn from it. Let us work together and develop Malawi the only country God gave us.”
She added that supporting the works of God has a lot of rewards people yield in return.
“You empty your pockets for God’s work, He blesses you and fills them generously,” the First Lady said.
Legion’s president Mary Shawa asked the gathering to support church activities that aim at saving souls.
She said: “The Legion of Mary started during the first and second world wars, where orders were passed that church must close and take part in the war. But the church through this Legion of Mary said we will not stop praying. All what we need is that our people must move out of poverty.
“Therefore, the main role of the Legion of Mary is to conduct charity work and pray for the nation on behalf of everyone. This event is in preparation of the main event a head, slated for October 16.”
On his part, national laity chaplain, Father Vincent Mwakwawa said the Legion of Mary was among other key religious structures which promotes peace in the country.
“If you see peace, love and kindness existing in our families, communities and the nation, then the Legion of Mary is party to that. They do all the daily work secretly in prayer, dedicated to save others, to make the world a better place to live,” he said.
Various church items such as candles, church cloth, rosary and hymns books were sold to raise funds.
The First Lady donated K1 million the Second Lady Madame Mary Chilima donated K500 000 and Minister of Gender Patricia Kaliati donated K100 000.
Legion of Mary a Roman Catholic grouping starts from the biblical story of Mary the mother of Jesus Christ