Christian mothers have been called upon to emulate Virgin Mary by being models of holiness and uprightness.
The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri made the call in his sermon during the CWO Day held at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, Saturday, Nov. 11.
He regretted that women instead of looking up to Mary as their model, they rather copy nollywood stars, television models and beauty pageants, many of who use their beauty to lead men to sin. “Let your beauty be a way of leading men to Christ instead of leading them into sin,” he advised.
Archbishop Obinna advised Christian mothers to take life of holiness seriously, and not to allow their body to be used simply for pleasure and entertainment.
He said his attention has been drawn to the emergency of stripe clubs in Owerri and its environs, which promote promiscuous and licentious life style with serious implications for the morality of the state. Cautioning against patronage of such immoral clubs, Archbishop Obinna said, “we are weak and knowing that we are weak, yet we want to go to such immoral centres for “njoment.”
He commended the CWO uniform – Madonna – saying it challenges women to live life of purity and star like Our Lady.
On what he called Arusi dread, Archbishop Obinna said it has kept Ndigbo in bondage, creating preconscious and subconscious fears in them. “If you have faith and in a state of grace, you’ll not be afraid of anything; but because we don’t have the faith of the apostles, that is why everything, including fetish objects frighten us and we begin to panic and run from one pastor to another.”
Later in her address, the President of Owerri Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women Organization, OACCWO, Lady Stella Acholonu enumerated their achievements in the area of evangelization and Archdiocesan events.
“We recorded some achievements which include – tiling of 98 rooms in the Villa Maria Guest House and decking of the first floor of the two-storied building of the new Villae Maria Conference Hall.”
Lady Acholonu listed some major challenges facing them; including funds to purchase a new CWO bus and to complete the new building project.
The occasion was chaired by Chief Sir Chukwuma Awurum represented by Mr. Paschal Ihemedu, while the Chief Launcher, Sir Stanley Amuchie, President Good Light Foundation was represented by Lolo Adimchinaka Chima Onwuka, Director of the foundation.
The occasion featured fund-raising, cutting of cake and match past by CWO members from the 11 zones of the Archdiocese. The match past was won by zone 10.
Present at the celebration were: the Vicar-General, Very Rev. Fr. Patrick Ibole, the Archdiocesan Chancellor/Secretary, Rev. Fr. Dr. Alphonsus Oha, the OACCWO Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Dr. Cyril Akalonu, OACCWO Sister Adviser, Rev. Sr. Petrus Ezeonye, the OACCMO President, N.A. Nonyelum etc.