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May 27, 2018

GOD IS LOVE: THE MYSTERY OF “THREEFOLD” GOD

The Christian doctrine says that God is one in three Persons.  This is the greatest and for our reasons the darkest mystery of faith.  The “sign of the Cross” already from baptism brings the believer under the shadow of the “threefold” God.  The Christian faith is principally opening oneself to receiving what comes from that God “who, in His essence, is love and surrender”.  “In His essence” He is an exhaustible relational process of reciprocal self-surrender between Father, Son and Spirit.  This implies a unity of love which binds infinitely bringing giving and receiving into accord effecting their overflow infinitely…

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Eze Desmond Ogugua: Igbos won’t run away again

As tension mounts in the North, opinion is divided whether thousands of Igbos living there should return or not. Those who have loved ones in the danger zones are sending a strong “come-back-quick” message to them. They recall the slaughtering of Igbos in the north, prior to the civil war, and although the situation now is somewhat different, they fear history may repeat itself. But the hardliners urging people to “stay” base their position on the poverty and unemployment situation is the East, which is dangerously high. However, there is a strong and powerful voice also urging Igbos in the…

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VIRUSES ASSOCIATED WITH HUMAN CANCER (1)

Cancer may be described as any tumor arising from abnormal and uncontrolled division of cells that then invade and destroy surrounding tissues. Most of them are named after the organ or cell in which they start e.g. liver cancer, cervical cancer, skin cancer etc. Cancers are grouped into: carcinoma when they arise in the epithelium, sarcoma when they involve connective tissues, leukemia with origin in blood or bone marrow, lymphoma arising from B or T lymphocytes (white blood cells), myeloma originating from plasma cells, and central nervous system cancer when the cells of the CNS are involved. Cancer is a…

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Nigerian Physicians and Our Right to Know

Chioma called again! You remember her? The woman her boss was pressing for an affair (See http://theleaderassumpta.com/category/columns/ethics-corner/ or www.csaaeinc.org/blog for full story). I thought she was going to talk about this affair.  No. This time it was about her sick mother. “Could you please pray for her, she is in a hospital at Owerri”, she said. I know her mother, a 65 year old “rural woman”.  I called this woman. “Mama, what’s the matter?” “The Doctor has not told me anything”, she answered. “What medication has he given you?” “He did not tell me, he just said that I will be…

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Mr. Chucks Obiodu: DRIVEN BY PASSION

With a passion for business and a determination to be a haulage contractor just like his father, young Chucks Obiodu went to school knowing exactly what he wanted to do for a living. When life wanted to take him down a different path, he quickly made a U –turn and returned to his dream. Although his older siblings took up jobs in mining, telecommunications, teaching and health sectors, Chucks, the last of five children, preferred to stick with his father. Even so, the young Chucks did not choose his dad so he could work for him or inherit the business…

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The morality of sharing money to Pupils in Imo (2)

As October 1 draws near

Wrong Formation: St. Paul’s foremost warning to Timothy is, “The love of money is the root of all evils” (1Tim. 6: 10). The worst offense any parent could commit against his child will be to introduce him to money as a standard for either consolation or love. Using money to attract a child is like using bone to attract dogs. When the bone is not available, the dog refuses to listen to the voice of the owner and could go wild. And scripture says, “Teach a child how he should live, and he will remember it all his life” (Prov….

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GOD’S SPIRIT AND WORD IN THE TIMES OF PROMISES

“No one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit”, “God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying ‘Abba! Father’!  “This knowledge of faith is possible only in the Holy Spirit: to be in touch with Christ, we must first have been touched by the Holy Spirit.  He comes to meet us and kindles faith in us” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 683). The Spirit is the gift of the Father intimate to the work of the Son and through whom we know, confess and benefit from that work.  The Spirit is “the Lord…

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A jewel in his Crown

In his hay days, Pius Ukaga was a simple, easygoing, ever smiling, hardworking and amiable man. Agriculturist by profession, when he became Eze Obibi in 2003, he took those qualities with him, aided by a reliable cabinet, peaceful community, supportive children, especially a resourceful first son. But the jewel in his crown was his Emii-born witty wife, a diligent and resilient woman, the Eze’s one and only spouse and companion of 55 years. It is she, the Ugoeze, who has held his hand in good and bad times. With her by his side, there was no obstacle the crown couldn’t…

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Which One are You?

A daughter complained to her father about life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of struggling. It seemed that as soon as one problem was solved, a new one arose. Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In one he placed carrots, in the second he placed eggs, and the last he placed ground coffee beans. He…

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PASTOR’S CONER – COME, LORD JESUS!

A shout of love expresses the tension of Christ-spouse and of the Church (humanity)-spouse towards the definitive encounter at the end of the history of salvation: when the Passover of all creation will be accomplished through new heavens and new earth which the Lord will perform; when the love with which the Father loves the Son will be in the disciples in a perfect communion (Gosp).  Vat II speaking of the eschatological nature of the pilgrim Church and of its union with the heavenly Church (LG48), confirmed the vision of hope which the inauguration of the new humanity in Christ…

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The morality of sharing money to pupils in Imo (1)

Two parents called my line on Monday, April 29 at about 7.30 – 8.00pm to launch a complaint. They said they were calling in from one of the towns in Owerri North LGA. Their complaint was that their children (pupils) in the primary schools were coming back from schools at that time of the day. Reason, they were waiting to receive the 300naira stipend from the governor before going back to their homes. I couldn’t understand that myself but went into some investigations to gather from authoritative sources that the allegations were founded. It was alleged that those who came…

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Work Place Romance: How Ethical?

Good news! Chioma finally secured a job in a hospital at Enugu. You remember Chioma: The lady that refused to have sex with her various recruiters in exchange for a job (See Ethics Corner in April 21, 2013 edition of the Leader Newspapers or visit www.csaaeinc.org/blog/ for full story). As I argued in that article, the behavior of Chioma’s recruiters – known as quid pro quo – is a highly unethical behavior common in the Nigerian Job market. It is thus good news that her recruiter this time did not ask for sex in exchange for a job. However, just…

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WHY SOME POLICE ARE RELUCTANT TO TAKE RISKS

This topic at face value looks like an exclusive interview with the Nigeria Police. It looks like a story concerning the attitude of the Police with their usual excuses in relation to taking up security responsibilities. It equally looks like an article or feature with the aim of x raying the police’s reluctance to answer distress calls in Nigeria. Yes, something like that. But it goes beyond a mere article or feature in this case. It is a personal encounter with a police man who is critically ill, almost in a comatose condition in a hospital in Owerri at the…

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6TH SUNDAY OF EASTER YR C

THERE WILL BE NO MORE TEMPLE In the New Jerusalem there is no temple because the Lord and the Lamb are its temple.  Surprising affirmation.  It speaks of a new world already present as beginning in the earthly Church but which will be realized in full in the heavenly Church.  There is here an important relativization.  The future reality has no more need of what is sign and instrument on earth.  But already down here it is always necessary to make the passage from the visible signs to the invisible mysteries in which God communicates and makes Himself known.  This…

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