…Parish priest lists marriage lubricants
As the Church continues to avail various avenues for the graceful and faithful reception of the sacraments worshippers at Christ the King Church Agwa Oguta LGA turned out in joyful mood as no fewer than 35 couples received the sacrament of Holy Matrimony, Friday June 29.
The event it was learnt came in part as a response to the pastoral call of the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna who recently paid a pastoral visit to the Catholic community.
While Rev. Fr. Emma Ohiri, a neighbouring parish priest presided at the wedding Mass, the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Ebube Nwachukwu was the homilist.
In a six-point item namely: understanding, good apologetic spirit, faithfulness, caring, appreciation and good prayer life the parish priest laid bare what he called foundational principles of marital life. He maintained that such life indices remain priceless oil that would continue to lubricate marital relationship into success.
Expanciating on each of them, the homilist began by calling for true understanding among marital couples, noting that the ability for them to know and understand each other, particularly fellow’s temperamental quotient would help them live peacefully and harmoniously under one roof.
On the second point, he reminded the couples the need for quick acknowledgement of one’s fault. This was even as he stated that the expression: ‘I’m sorry’ could serve as affectionate soothing balm for psychological injury. On the third – faithfulness, the priest urged them to be wary of hidden lifestyles. He said openness and truthfulness would help in checkmating the ugly spirit of infidelity.
While stressing that love and caring are two sides of a coin, Fr. Nwachukwu believed that this forth principle must complement each other on the gesture of giving. He charged them to “spice up your marriage with exciting varieties and shun being always on the receiving end”.
Just before he summarized by reechoing the importance of prayers which he agreed was encapsulated in the popular maxim of “Family that prays together stays together,” the priest on the fifth principle said “There’s nothing that gladdens the heart than when one is appreciated by fellow partner. He described such disposition as salient marriage lubricant which men and women in marriage should never neglect.
The highpoint of the event was a group photograph with the officiating priests. Some of the newly wedded couples shortly after exchanging marital vows expressed joy that their life aspiration came to pass. They thanked Archbishop Obinna and their parish priest for putting smiles on their faces.
On his own part, Sir Sylvester Nlemedim, Chairman, Parish Pastoral Council who was among the dignitaries that graced the occasion congratulated the couples for exhibiting sense of commitment. He urged them to remain faithful with the Church and their partner.