Marriage not bed of roses – Fr. Iheabuike

Mr and Mrs Otuonye Chima Okechukwu join hands in marriage
Marriage not a bed of roses.

…As Stella ties nuptial knot with Chima

Rev. Fr. Raymond Egwirri celebrated the Holy Eucharist at St. Ignatuis Catholic Parish Ibeafor Umunumo, Ehime Mbano L.G.A of Imo State heralding the solemnization of the Holy Matrimony between the duo of Otuonye Chima Okechukwu and Miss Stella Chidinma Onugha on Saturday 28 October 2017 with Very Rev. Fr. Francis Nwosu, Dean Onuimo deanery, and Rev. Fr. Sylvester Ihebuike, Parish Priest.

In his homily Fr. Iheabuike noted that the duo voluntarily decided to join hands as one in matrimony. According to him, their agreement of joining hands as one will become a catalyst in shaping their marital bliss. He elucidated that the scriptures said “he who finds a good wife, finds favour and blessing of God”.

He harped on the need for a good wife and not a nagging and quarrelsome wife. He averred that Christ died excruciatingly on the cross of Calvary for the salvation of mankind and forgiveness of sins; it becomes pertinent and imperative that man can likewise die for his wife and family. He admonished the groom to love the bride. He also cautioned the bride to be submissive to her husband as two captains cannot operate a Ship.

The homilist adumbrated the marital responsibilities of a virtuous woman referencing the scriptures, quoting Proverbs Chapter 6 verses 25-26 which says “don’t be tempted by their beauty; don’t be trapped by their flirting eyes. A man can hire a prostitute for the price of a loaf of bread, but adultery will cost him all he has”. He also cited Proverbs 31 verses 10-14 which says “how hard it is to find a capable wife!, she is worth far more than Jewels, her husband puts his confidence in her and he will never be poor, as long as she lives, she does him good and never harm. She keeps herself busy making wool and linen cloths; she brings home food from out-of-the way places as Merchant Ships do.”

Rev. Fr. Ihebuike digressed explaining how King Solomon requested for a discerning mind instead of riches when God asked him what He will do for him. He described the wife as a soul mate and cautioned against enslaving her or not involving her in plans and decision making in the family. He harped on do’s and don’ts, and enumerated the 21 impediments that destroy marriages and constitute clog in the wheel of progress in the family. He advised the couple to focus on themselves more. He warned that in Catholic marriages there is no provision for divorce until death do they part. He enjoined them to put God first in all they do before consecrating them as husband and wife after exchanging marital vows.

The Leader spoke to Nze Godwill Amaku, (ANCOPSS President Emeritus) and Sponsor of the Wedding. According to him, he and his wife accepted to sponsor the marriage because of peculiar knowledge of the groom and care for the couple. He described the groom as a God fearing man who as a Catechist of St. Ignatius Parish Ibeafor Umunumo performed exceedingly well. He also appreciated his leadership quality as a Student Union Leader and Community Youth President. He promised to provide proper counselling and guide as sponsor to the newly wedded.

Nze Amaku described him as a teacher who has passion for academic upliftment of his students at Agbaghara Comprehensive Secondary School. He prayed to shower multiple blessings of divine visitations on the couple. He pronounced donation of financial incentives to the Church in appreciation of the brand new couples. In his remarks, Mr. Otuonye Chima Okechukwu while announcing support to the Church expressed profound gratitude to the officiating Priests and the Congregation for finding time to grace the event.




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