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May 28, 2018

New Year, New Beginning

New year 2018

  Our life is like a book. The New Year stands before us like a fresh chapter in a book. What you will write for this next chapter of your life is entirely up to you. So, it is usually and rightly so a time for renewal; a time to brace up for a new beginning, and fresh starts. Stock taking presumably must have taken place in December, loopholes, shortfalls and mistakes identified. January then begins with a new sense of optimism, a sense and a desire to make the New Year better than last year. The New Year provides…

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Model for Community Development in the Nigerian Society of today: The Church and the people

Model for Community Development in the Nigerian Society of today

The Church The sorry state of life in Nigeria today is sad as well as scary. The poor are on the verge of losing their humanity, the rich are drowning, and the ignorant are turning to nonentities while the learned are getting confused. People are subjected to live like animals. The Mediterranean Sea has continued to swallow our youths. Our environment has become a rendezvous for the jobless. The jobless have become beggars, beggars have become lunatics. Lunatics have become kidnappers and kidnappers are ironically becoming the cream of the society. Insecurity is worsening. Probity has taken a leave of…

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THE REASON FOR OUR JOY

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  The third Sunday of Advent is usually celebrated as Gaudete Sunday with rose vestments and candles used in many churches across the globe. The word “gaudete” is Latin for “rejoice,” and it comes from today’s Entrance Antiphon: “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, rejoice.” We rejoice because Christmas draws nearer, and so does our Lord’s glorious return. Our First Reading expresses humanity’s joy at the declaration of the Lord’s year of favour: “I exult for joy in the Lord, my soul rejoices in my God, for he has clothed me in the garments of salvation, he has…

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Ararume – A Political Style So Alluring

Ararume - A Political Style So Alluring

  Distinguished Senator Ifeanyi Ararume is the Chief and arrowhead of Destiny Organization. His fascinating leadership style is so attractive, enticing and magnetic that it is difficult to resist being part of his moving train. His followers over the years have seen in him a sober, almost self- deprecating attitude on his part as undeniable humility. He does not live in a world of make-believe and unrealistic expectation. As a celebrated realist, he does not intend to abandon Nigeria and seek out a more comfortable corner of the globe which someone else’s intelligence and labour have tidied up. He wants…

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Do We Really Need a Ministry of Happiness to make us Happy?

Ministry of Happiness

  Jokes apart, the new Ministry of Happiness should more aptly have been named Ministry of Laughter because the first thing people do when they hear about the ministry is to laugh.  And laughter IS therapeutic.  If in doubt, ask those in some Japanese Cities where people pay money to get some laughter. Japanese are said to work like donkeys and have no time to laugh. But in Imo, our case is different; the problem is not work, but hardship! The majority of our people are sad and angry, due to rising poverty, and Governor Okorocha knows that.  So any…

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ADVENT: An Opportune Moment for Healing Meditation

  Etymologically the term Advent comes from the Latin word Adentus, meaning A COMING.This coming actually translates the Greek word’ parousia. Considering ad­vent as a season in the Church’s ritualistic history implies that someone or something is coming or will come. It is a period that commemorates the great expectation and longing of mankind over years for the coming of the Saviour. The liturgical time of Advent is a period of waiting for divine action or divine intervention in human history. It is a waiting for God’s gesture culminating in the liberation of mankind from bondage. Sincere Christians wait with…

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Humility in Exaltation – the Emeakaroha Example

As family celebrates thanksgiving Mass for several merit Awards Relatives, colleagues, friends and well-wishers of the Emeakaroha Dynasty, from far and near converged on St. Peter’s Catholic Parish Umunohu – Amakohia Ihitte/Uboma LGA Imo State, Sunday 29th October 2017 to chant the chorus ‘… and take me as I am..” in a concelebrated Eucharist sacrifice of thanksgiving to God for many favours. The principal celebrant was the host parish priest and Vicar-General I of Okigwe Diocese Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Cajetan Ehiem, assisted by Rev. Frs. Anthony Onyeihe and Donatus Iwu, among others.     Most recent favours listed at…

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Prepare to meet the Messiah

Prepare to meet the Messiah

    It is Advent and soon, it will be Christmas, the most popular Christian festivity and, undoubtedly, the most abused. We say so because the world of commerce tries yearly to reduce Christmas to an annual party with little or no spiritual significance. But whether or not they succeed, depends on what cooperation we Christians, the very owners of Christmas, give them. For Christmas to be meaningful we must heed the call to prepare for it and that is the message of Advent. Simply put, Advent is the season before Christmas. It is a period of expectation and waiting…

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How to Improve Palm-Oil Processing Technique for High Quality Product

How to improve palm-oil processing

    Engr Kevin Onuoha An agriculturist, Engr. Kevin Onuoha, Director Numo Palm Oil Mill and Agro Services situated at Ibeafor Umunumo, Ehime Mbano L.G.A of Imo State,  has canvassed for improvement on the palm oil processing technique for a high quality product, and good health of users and patrons. The retired Director, Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) harped on the exigency of propagating standards in palm oil processing method that reduce cholesterol, meet international standards, making locally produced palm oil fit for export. Engr. Onuoha decried the local production methodology which entails harvesting ripe palm fruits which were left…

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ADVENT AGAIN?

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  Why does the Church take us through the same advent ritual every year? Well, it is a period to contemplate the three comings of Christ in: a) History, 2000 years ago, when God stepped out of eternity to become one like us in everything but sin. b) Mystery –through his abiding presence in Word and Sacrament, grace and communion. c) Glory, when he comes at the end of time to pronounce the Last Judgment. Ours in the closing age of human history, which will culminate in Christ’s splendid Parousia, the overthrow of the present world order, and the inauguration…

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Why it is wrongful and a misconduct to address a Lawyer by the honorific title of a Barrister

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

  The Nigerian legal Profession has a rich history embedded in the British Colonial Legacy enshrined in our Statutes as received laws and Statutes of General application. However, the restrictive trade practice Act which restricts a legal practitioner from practicing both as a Barrister and a Solicitor in that jurisdiction does not apply In Nigeria. Over the years much efforts has been made to indigenize  our laws and make it receptive to our Customary jurisprudence subject to the conditions of  rules of natural justice , equity and good conscience under the repugnancy doctrine. It is trite that our customs to…

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Before my Obituary: Now I Believe (3)

  By Sir Andrew I. Ajaero What an endless catena of woes that calls for repentance. Who can be saved except by the Grace of God through which obvious expectations are sine quanon before our orbituary. It behooves everyman to accomplish much of what God ordains through these myriad of questions. Do we realize that small acts of kindness is what God counts as greatness? Have we told the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth not minding its bitterness? Have we realized that the message that saves others applies to us? Have we fallen on our knees…

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King Jesus, The exemplary Kingly Leader of all ages

Solemnity of Christ the King

  On this Sunday, the 26th day of November 2017, the Church all over the world celebrates the great feast of Jesus Christ who is the King of the Universe. Consciously or unconsciously, all Christians and even non-Christians acknowledge the historic fact that Christ is King over all creatures. This King, Jesus, was unanimously believed by both Christians and Moslems to be born of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Bethlehem of Judea two thousand and seventeen years, ten months and twenty six days ago. The universal celebration of this quintessential leader of ours points to the fact that Jesus Christ…

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The King with a difference

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  Christ the King was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925 with a call on humanity to submit once more to the authority of Christ. The Pope remarked that the multiple evils in the world were due to humanity’s rejection of the reign of Christ and that so long as this remained the case, there was no hope of a lasting peace on earth. The last time God was formally regarded as King by his people was about the year 1049 BC (over 3000 years ago), when Israel chose Saul as their king (1 Sam. 8:6). Choosing their own…

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Anambra Election: Congratulations INEC and Ndi Anambra

  The long-awaited and hipped Anambra State elections have come and gone, peacefully without even as much as a single gunshot being fired; without any loss of life. Thanks to God! We congratulate the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Governor Willie Obiano who won a second term, despite all odds. Congratulations are also due to all the contestants who fought bravely especially those of them who accepted defeat like good sportsmen and women. In every contest, there must be winners and losers. It is not necessarily the winning or losing that is important but,…

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Erecting Statues for Jacob Zuma And Elen Johnson: What a Nonsense!

Erecting Statues for Jacob Zuma And Elen Johnson

  Every society honours its heroes and chooses which of them to immortalize as public monuments. Such iconic personalities are historic figures who have made indelible footprints in various fields of human endeavor, such as , pioneering scientific discoveries, bringing about landmark changes or overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges, or making some political impact on the society. This explains the reason in every part of the world, including Africa, the United States and Europe, some public places are adorned with the statues of personalities such as: Albert Einstein, the great physicist, Wiston Churchill –  the great British  Leader, Queen Victoria, William…

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We’re all Talented

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

The definition of a “talented” person that easily comes to mind is that of one endowed with some special skill or ability – talented footballers, actors, musicians, etc. But that does not mean that the rest of us do not have talents. We all have gifts though not all are meant for popular acclaim or global success. As Scripture says: “Each one of you has received a special grace, so, like good stewards responsible for all these varied graces of God, put it at the service of others” (1 Pet. 4:10).Subsequently, the issue is not the lack of talents but…

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Before my Obituary: Now I Believe (2)

CHART OF HELL Mans life on earth is full of sin which heavily inclines him to Hell fire. In Dante: The divine comedy, Hell is charted according to offences: In the Divine Comedy, Dante the poet has given a forewarning in respect of everymans transgression within the nine circles of Hell In his divine comedy, Hell, a Christian allegory, Dante has succinctly illustrated mans arduous journey towards God as demonstrated in his vision of Hell, purgatory and paradise as rewards which mortal man has to choose from in his earthly existence enroute to eternity. His chart on the circles of…

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Nigeria on the Edge of A Precipice (3)

Nigeria on the edge of a precipice

NIGERIAN YOUTHS That nature abhors vacuum is a palpable aphorism in the failed Nigerian leadership. By unbridled rapacity and wickedness Nigerian leaders have looted and are looting the national treasury. The leaders are not creating jobs for the swelling army of unemployed youths. The future of youths in this country is abysmally bleak. Some of those who are lucky to migrate to better climes are making waves. Obviously, if Philip Emeagwali, the world-acclaimed computer wizard, had remained in Nigeria, his God-given talent would have been buried underground. It took a charismatic lover of Nigeria, President Bill Clinton, when he visited…

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Supporting Vocation Boom in Igboland

You can predict the future of the church when you look at the young people in the church today. Young people being the hope of tomorrow are, indeed, the hope of missions. Pope Francis pointed out clearly in his message on World Missions  Sunday 2017 that it all rests with the youth. The Pope noted that the person of Jesus Christ and the good news he proclaimed have also continued to attract many young people, who seek ways to put themselves with courage and enthusiasm at the service of humanity. However, it is a fact that the West is experiencing…

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