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August 17, 2018

Msgr. Akagha visits Sacred Heart Station … Preaches love, forgiveness

Msgr. Akagha visits Sacred Heart Station World Bank New Owerri
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In continuation of his evangelization visit to stations in St. Mark’s Catholic Parish New Owerri, the parish priest, Rev. Msgr. Kevin Akagha on Monday June 19, visited Sacred Heart Station, World Bank.


In his homily during Mass, Msgr. Akagha cautioned Christians against retaliation, saying Christianity preaches forbearance and not retaliation.


Reflecting on the gospel, Matt. 5:38-42, the priest said Christ in the gospel text went beyond the Mosaic Law of “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” and rather recommended that “we love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.”


Msgr. Akagha said of all religions in the world, it is only Christianity that preaches “turn the other cheek.”


“And the person telling us to turn the other cheek did it himself first, so, he is not asking his followers to do what he couldn’t do.”


Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, Msgr. Akagha said “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”


He mentioned Abraham Lincoln, America’s Civil War President, Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa and Martin Luther King Jr as leaders who demonstrated that forbearance is better than retaliation, that evil cannot overcome evil.


He charged the faithful to always put into practice the prayer: “Jesus meek and humble of heart, make our hearts like unto thine.”


Later in an address during a brief reception, the chairman of the station council, Mr. R.E. Inyekwe thanked Msgr. Akagha for the visit. He used the occasion to list some of their challenges.


During the interactive session, the various components of the station council – the CMO, CWO, CYON and Mary League, briefed the visiting priest on their activities in the station and challenges facing them.


Earlier in his remarks, the chairman of the occasion, Sir Dennis Chukwuma Ezeasoibe KSJI commended Msgr. Akagha for his interest in the spiritual well-being of the parishioners which made him to defy the heavy down pour that Monday to visit the station.


Among those present at the visit was the parish CWO President, Barr. Lady Ngozi Iwu.



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