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May 13, 2006

It’s all about love

And that comes from God

(Continued)

MANNINGTON —

“Love brings you to make a sacrifice. Going into the service is the same thing. They give their lives. Even for your families, too. It’s the same goal ... giving up your life for a higher calling. You can do it in the service or marriage. It’s the same goal.

“The church will tell you that you have a choice: You can get married and you are free. But if you want to become a priest, you are not going to get married. I made the choice. There is a higher call. Only God can fill your heart.”

People are never satisfied with what they have, he noted.

“You can write a check to me for $2 billion. I will not be satisfied, you can be sure of that. I’ll want maybe $5 billion. As soon as you have it, you’ll want something more.

“But that’s part of being human. Only when we see God face to face ... God is the only answer ... everybody will be satisfied.”

He visited the U.S. first in 1995 and returned to the Congo. But after war broke out in 1998, things got less secure and the next year, he left his homeland for the U.S.

He’s not been back since. He can stay indefinitely in the United States, and even become a citizen if he wants to. But someday he’d like to go home.

“I’ll wait for the situation in the Congo to become secure so I can go back. It would be exciting to return. But this is not part of what I’m doing here.

“When the new government took over, things were not very secure for us,” he says. “We who had been educated were watched very closely. We used to preach that you have to respect human life. Most of the time, the government was not very glad with us because we played our role.

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