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PRAYER IS THE MASTER KEY

⏰Thursday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (08 June 2017) ????Tob 6:9-12, 7:1cd, 9-12, 16; Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 (R.v.1a); Mark 12:28b-34 Reading through the book of Tobit, chapters 3, 6, 7 and 8, I remembered this song: “Prayer is the key; (2x) “Prayer is the master key; “Jesus started with prayer, and ended with prayer; “Prayer is the master key.” Indeed prayer is the key that opens locked doors. Do you have any locked door now? It could the door of good health, marriage, fertility, employment, admission, exam success, prosperity, etc. The key is in your hand;...

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“…GIVE TO GOD WHAT BELONGS TO GOD” (Mark 12:17)

⏰Tuesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (06 June 2017) ????Tob 2:9-14; Ps 112:1b-2, 7-8, 9 (R.v.7b); Mark 12:13-17 This is one of the most misread portions of the scripture. Many use it as a justification of their worldliness. But was that the message Jesus tries to pass across there? In the first place, Jesus must have meant by that statement that they should give everything back to God, since even Caesar himself belonged to God. However, the main message lies in the second part of that statement, “Render to God the things that are God’s” (Mark 12:17)....

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“BLESSED THE MAN WHO FEARS THE LORD” (Ps 112:1)

⏰Monday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (05 June 2017 – Memorial of St. Boniface) ????Tob 1:3, 2:1-8; Ps 112:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.1b); Mark 12:1-12 My dear, I welcome you back to the ordinary time of the year on this new day in a new working week. Listen to the prayers of the psalmist for you today: ????Your descendants would be powerful on earth and your generation blest (Ps 112:2), amen. ????Again, that riches and wealth shall be in your house and a light would rise to enlighten the darkness before you (Ps 112:3-4), amen. ????And it shall...

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THE SPIRIT OF EMPOWERMENT

Pentecost Sunday (Year A) Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1ab and 24ac, 29bc-30, 31 and 34 (R.v.30); 1Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13; John 20:19-23 Happy birthday to all of us, sons and daughters of the Church. This is the day when we celebrate the birth of the Church. On this day of Pentecost, we celebrate the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus and those gathered with them (cf. Acts 2:1-11), a fulfillment of Jesus promise to them. This outpouring serves one important purpose – empowerment. Remember that towards the end of his earthly life, Jesus was constantly telling them...

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FOLLOW JESUS, THE WAY, NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS

⏰Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter (03 June 2017 – Memorial of St. Charles Lwanga and Companions) ????Acts 28:16-20, 30-31; Ps 11:1-4, 5 and 7 (R.v.7b); John 21:20-25 ????FOLLOW JESUS, THE WAY, NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS Most of the books of the New Testament were written to address different theological concerns. Obviously, there were many of such concerns in the Gospel of John but central among them is faith in Jesus Christ as one who is the same with God the Father. There were other minor concerns but all of them center around that want of proof for the...

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LET US FOLLOW PETER BACK TO JESUS

⏰Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter (02 June 2017) ????Acts 25:13b-21; Ps 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20ab (R.v.19a); John 21:15-19 Did you notice that after his resurrection, Jesus addressed Peter as Simon instead of Peter? Recall that after Peter’s Great Confession at Caesarea Philippi (Matt 16:13ff), Jesus changed his name to Peter, a symbol of the rock on which the Church would be built (cf. Matt 16:17-18). Peter continued to bear that name until he denied Jesus three times at the courtyard of the High Priest (cf. Matt 26:69-75). In other words, Jesus called him Peter by virtue of the great...

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WE NEED THE SPIRIT OF FORTITUDE AND WISDOM

⏰Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter (01 June 2017 – Memorial of St. Justin) ????Acts 22:30, 23:6-11; Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 (R.v.1); John 17:20-26 As we continue to pray for the fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit, let us pray for the gift of fortitude and wisdom. Fortitude is one of the four cardinal virtues and it enables one who receives it to be calm and steadfast even in the face of oppression and persecution. This calmness and steadfastness is governed by a fear of God and complete trust in his omnipotence. This is the virtue...

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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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PRAYER FOR MARIAN YEAR IN NIGERIA 2017

Oh Our Lady, Queen and Mother of Nigeria we beseech thee, We come to your throne of grace seeking your face In a special way in this year of our celebration Of the Marian Year and Centenary of Fatima We come to you this year, Mother of the Holy Family To intercede for our troubled families We come to you, Help of Christians To intercede for the persecuted Christians in Nigeria We come to you Our Lady of Perpetual Help To intercede for our Country and our leaders We come to you especially, Our Lady of Fatima In this Centenary...

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A LITANY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ON HUMAN WHOLENESS

Spirit of God the father Have mercy on us Spirit of God the son. Have mercy on us Trinity one God Have mercy on us For giving us yourself  Thank you O Holy Spirit For teaching us the mysteries of love and true living ” For filling us with all virtues For enabling us to do the will of God For nourishing our souls and body For occupying our minds and senses For your bounteous gifts For you constant inspiration and direction For your ever consoling presence For burning off our sins For healing our hearts and wound For delivering...

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