Category: Reflections

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RETHINKING OUR MANNERS ON THE SOCIAL MEDIA

INTRODUCTION “If the media are to be correctly employed, it is essential that all who use them know the principles of the moral order and apply them faithfully in this domain.” (Inter Mirifica, 4) I had intended to begin a series which I would want to use woo the youth to an active and sincere participation in politics. My motivation for that is my belief that only the youth can save themselves; the old generation virtually has little or nothing to offer us to improve our future. Therefore, unless we snatch our future back from their hands, they will continue...

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Me, the IDOL WORSHIPPER?

⚠Kindly read this to the end! I just did, and it taught me a lot. *Fr JohnBosco Ezeonwumelu* I wondered why I was in the queue of the accused at all I am intelligent, aggressive, young, Totally committed to my God. What am I doing here with this sheet of supposed sins in my hand? I wondered. I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t fornicate, I don’t steal, I am righteous. Others should be here not me. It was finally my turn to face the Man. I placed my sheet before Him, He glanced at it and sighed softly....

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THE DIGNITY OF HUMAN LABOUR IN THE MODEL OF OUR LADY

A PAPER PRESENTED AT THE MARIAN DAY FOR WORKERS AT ST. PATRICK’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, WEST-END, ASABA By Rev. Fr. JohnBosco Chimaobi Ezeonwumelu INTRODUCTION On Saturday, 4th day of March 2017, the Catholic Diocese of Issele-Uku, with its head and members, gathered at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, Ogwashi-Uku to inaugurate the Marian Year. This is in response to the call of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria that the year 2017 be observed as the Marian Year in celebration of the Centenary of the apparition of our Mother Mary to the three shepherds kids at Fatima in 1917. This celebration offers...

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OUR MIRACLE IS AROUND YOU! (On the Theology of our Contribution)

YOUR MIRACLE IS AROUND YOU! (On the Theology of our Contribution) Dear friend, what miracle are you waiting for? Are you able to read this message? Then, you must know that your miracle is already with you; stop looking for it in far away places. You see! You need to redefine your idea of a miracle before you can begin to appreciate better the place of Jesus in your life. A friend of mine drew my attention to his opinion on my reflection this morning on The Theology of our Contribution. He was worried that the path we threaded in...

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THE MIRACLE OF THE EMPTY TOMB!

My dear, I can’t tell what you are going through at the moment. It is possible that your condition at the moment or the condition of someone who is close to you is darker than the darkness of this night! Yet, there is a counter situation that gives us hope – the empty tomb! Yes! The tomb is empty! Christ is risen! Death could not hold him captive! And because we share in his death, we are equally going to share his victory over death. He knows beforehand that things are not going to be rosy for you; in fact,...

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HELP STOP THIS MOCKERY OF GOD!

Mhen! This is absurd! Must we drag the name of God because we feel challenged or because things are falling apart? It is understandable, and surely do, that Christians are currently facing terrible persecution in Nigeria at the moment. Sadly, this present government seems to be aiding the persecution silently. Yet, that should not make us to begin to insult God in the name of crying for justice. I just finished listening to one voice message I got on WhatsApp by a woman who feels that that this government is working against the Christians. I feel so too. But… Imagine!...

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“WHO IS MY MOTHER?” (cf. Mark 3:33)

It is about 5:15pm now that I’m beginning this reflection. I just got a WhatsApp message from a friend of mine that got me thinking. It read, “Have you called your mum today?” Sadly, I haven’t! I spoke with her yesterday and so wasn’t worried to call today. Well, that question has raised up something in me that I must attend to immediately. WHO IS MY MOTHER TO ME? I have read a lot from the social networks concerning today’s celebration. Some are celebrating their mother because she carried in the womb for 9 months and gave birth to them...

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AN OPEN LETTER TO MY DAD, PA MICHAEL EZEONYEJEMELI EZEACHIKULO EZEONWUMELU ON THIS OF THE ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH

AN OPEN LETTER TO MY DAD, PA MICHAEL EZEONYEJEMELI EZEACHIKULO EZEONWUMELU ON THIS OF THE ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH It brings me great joy to write this letter to you with a firm belief that you will get it to read. I do not know any other better way of doing this since you are no longer with me but I am confident that your spirit lives. I must confess that I began to appreciate you as I never did before since 2013 after experiencing a week of open letters with the special one coming from a daughter to her...

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IT IS WELL WITH YOUR SOUL, OBINNA

TRIBUTE AT GRAVESIDE OF LATE MR. CHARLES OBINNA EZEANOKETE “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labours, for their deeds follow them!” (Rev 14:13). With such an assurance, we accept your death, Obinna, and we give all glory to God. Your life has been full of ups and downs; sometimes, failures appear to be the rule while pains become very overwhelming but you struggled on. There appeared to be a special attachment you had with mum because it was obvious she loved you more. She always...

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REMEMBERING REV. FR. EMMANUEL UADE OGBEIDE: A LIFE LIVED FOR GOD

REMEMBERING REV. FR. EMMANUEL UADE OGBEIDE: A LIFE LIVED FOR GOD Rev. Fr. JohnBosco Chimaobi Ezeonwumelu “The righteous man, though he dies early, will be at rest. For old age is not honoured for length of time, nor measured by number of years; but understanding is grey hair for men and a blameless life is ripe old age” (Wis 4:7-8). Those words of the Book of Wisdom became the testimony of the life of Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Uade Ogbeide, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Uromi who passed on to eternity on the 19th day of February 2014. His...