As mothers compete with the younger generation in keeping in touch with ongoing trend in fashion, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Archbishop of Owerri has advised Catholic women to “overcome the passion for fashion.”
Preaching during a concelebrated Mass at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri to mark this year’s Mother’s Day, April 8, Archbishop Obinna reminded women that fashion, money and power are vanity of vanities which will one day vanish. He said it was more important to take care of the soul than the body because when death comes it shatters the human body.
He called on women to be beautiful in the grace of God and in Our Lady by keeping their bodies holy, by going to confession and receiving communion worthily.
His Grace further advised Catholic women to be faithful to their husbands “even when your husbands are not faithful.”
He noted that some women tend to indulge in adultery just to retaliate their husbands’ unfaithfulness. “No, no, this is wrong. Don’t retaliate in sin for the sake of your soul. Everybody will die but not every soul will die.”
On the forthcoming elections, Archbishop Obinna advised women not to allow themselves to be used by politicians to achieve their selfish aims.
For those who attack the church, Archbishop Obinna reminded them of how Joseph Stalin, the dictator of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR) from 1929 to 1953, campaigned bloodily to remove Religion and Religious institutions from Russia. “But he later returned to church, attended Mass and even went to confession before he died.”
He cautioned politicians against boasting of their power and money and challenging God because of their power. “Joseph Stalin challenged God, today where is he?”
On the politicians who are boasting and predicting who will win the forthcoming election and who will lose, Archbishop Obinna said, “whether you win or lose is immaterial. Winning is not everything. Losing is not everything. The important thing is to stick to a principle. Unfortunately, some don’t even have principle to stick to.”