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August 20, 2018

Prayer alone won’t end recession – Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday prescribed hard work rather than fasting and praying as the surest and quickest means for the nation to navigate its way off its present economic dire strait.   According to him, Nigeria’s economy would not grow by merely engaging in fasting and praying all the time.   “No matter how long we pray and fast, our nation won’t grow until some, of us decide to do the hard work that will make our nation work,” Osinbajo, a pastor, said during his interaction with over 2,000 civil and public servants, on transparency and efficiency on…

Lent – a time of spiritual Renewal

Lent is a special season in the church’s calendar. It is a period of forty days, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Thursday afternoon. The 40 days of lent is symbolic of the ’40 days’ fast which Jesus had while in the desert, praying and communing with God, his Father, just before the beginning of his public ministry. Christ experienced an uncommon spiritual renewal after the exercise to the effect that, although, undeniably physically weak and hungry after the lengthy fast, he received inner strength  to rebuff his enemy and overcome the three major temptations launched at…

SUNDAY READINGS: 26th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (c) 29/9/2013

Sunday readings

OPENING PRAYER Father, you show your almighty power in your mercy and forgiveness. Continue to fill us with your gifts of love. Help us to hurry toward the eternal life you promise and come to share in the joys of your kingdom.   FIRST READING A reading from the prophet Amos  6:1.4-7 Theme: Those who sprawl and those who bawl will be exiled The Almighty Lord says this: Woe to those ensconced so snugly in Zion and to those who feel so safe on the mountain of Samaria. Lying on ivory beds and sprawling on their divans, they dine on…

THE TEN ‘I’s THAT BREAK THE HOME (5)

As October 1 draws near

REMEDIES TO INFIDELITY Avoid other bad habits: The worst way to conquer evil is by the aid of evil (Cf. Mark 3:20-30). Two wrongs cannot make a right. It is wrong for a couple to become addicted to another bad habit simply because the partner has taken to extra marital affairs. For instance, some couples indulge in alcohol and become drunk as palliative to the effects of infidelity. Some learn to keep away late also to solve such problems. Others too look for extra marital partners to fill in the vacuum created by their man or woman. Others still become…

Calvary Intercessory Association celebrates 20th anniversary – Extols Spiritual Directors

Members of Calvary Intercessory Association (CIA) comprising more than eight dioceses from eight states in Nigeria, notably: Ekiti in Ekiti State, Ibadan in Oyo State, Awka in Anambra State, Umuahia in Abia State, Auchi in Edo State, Ahiara in Imo State, Issele-Uku in Delta State, Ondo in Ondo State and Mina diocese in the making, gathered in their numbers at St. Joseph’s Catholic parish Ushi, Ekiti Diocese, May 31 – June 2, 2013 and celebrated the 20th anniversary of their cherished association. The Eucharistic celebration was presided over by Rev. Msgr. Edward Ogidan and concelebrated by Rev. Frs. Raph Osegboun,…

Full text of Bishop Okpaleke’s Post-ordination speech (2)

Contd. from last edition In a lighter mood, let me confess that now I know firsthand the emotions women go through when they are getting married. It is like being transplanted from one location to another with the uncertainties and adaptation challenges therefrom. The experience is made worse if the woman notices sins of non-acceptance by some in her place of marriage. But many women know that in spite of the roughness of the beginnings, better days could be ahead and that the best way to ensure better days ahead is by loving and serving all irrespective of what has…

Exclusive Interview: Why I converted to Catholic faith

–          Former Anglican  Knight, Sir Abel Ikenyiri   Chief Sir Abel Ezeala Ikenyiri, native of Umuemeke-Ama Ibeowere Agbaja, Ehime Mbano LGA, Imo State, born into a family of Anglican ancestry, rose to the ranks of a knight of the Anglican Church and lay pay-master narrates verbatim how he was caught up in the “whirlwind” of Catholic faith and the “mountain” moved over. Our Okigwe reporter, PeterClaver Ubochi, traced the former Anglican ‘Big Oga’ to his tranquil Umuemekeama (Agbaja) village, had a field day with the man of faith as he speaks on the circumstances of his conversion, its aftermath, an assessment…