April 15, 2024
Reflections By Rev. Fr. David Okolie

WHO IS A CATHOLIC PRIEST TO FORGIVE SINS?

Rev. Fr. David Okolie Dearest friends, sometimes, members of other churches confront the Catholics with the above question. The above was also similar to the question some teachers of the Law and the Pharisees asked Jesus when he forgave the sins of the paralytic in Mark 2:6-7 thus: โ€œWho can forgive sins but God alone?”

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HOW OFTEN SHOULD I GO FOR CONFESSION?

Rev. Fr. David Okolie Well, dearest friends, bearing in mind the admonition of the author of the book: โ€˜My Imitation of Christ’ โ€” Thomas ร  Kempis thus: โ€˜Always resist the very BEGINNING’, it is wonderful and spiritually beneficial to go for Sacramental Confession as FREQUENTLYย as possible in order to always resist the BEGINNING of the

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ROLES OF THE SACRAMENTS DURING LENT

Rev. Fr. David Okolie Welcome dearest friends to today’s Lenten Talk on the โ€˜Roles of the Sacraments during Lent’. I consider this topic very timely because a number of Catholics are gradually losing sight of the importance of the Sacraments in our heavenly journey. In fact, the Church teaches that โ€˜the SACRAMENTS are the CHIEF

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PRIESTS’ ANNUAL RETREAT

Rev. Fr. David Okolie When I was about embarking on this year’s *annual canonical RETREAT,* one of our students asked me thus: โ€˜Please, Fr., is it that programme wherein they would be ringing bell for you people like students? Another student quickly added this other question: โ€œDo they flog you people there too”?๐Ÿ™‚ Well, how

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PRAYER: A LENTEN POWERFUL ARM

Rev. Fr. David Okolie INTRODUCTION Dearest friends, I welcome you all to this Lenten talk on the topic: PRAYER: A Lenten Powerful Arm. I consider this topic very necessary and timely too because of these two reasons: 1) We are in the Lenten Season and Prayer is one of the three arms we are encouraged

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โ€˜LISTEN TO HIM’: FAITH VS SCIENCE (CATECHESIS FOR THE 2ND SUNDAY OF LENT (B)

Rev. Fr. David Okolie Dearest friends, at the *TRANSFIGURATION* scene, we have an affirmation of the person of Jesus Christ from God the Father and an invitation to always *โ€˜LISTEN TO HIM’* (cf. Mk 9:2-10). Now, *โ€˜LISTENING TO HIM’* involves OBEDIENCE to his WORDS. Obedience flows from and is rooted in *FAITH.* Thus, obedience to

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WHY PRIESTS BLESS WITH THE CRUCIFIX DURING LENTEN STATIONS OF THE CROSS

ย  Rev. Fr. David Okolie Beloved Catholics, you must have observed that the priest blesses the faithful with a *CRUCIFIX* after the Stations of the Cross during the Lenten Season. Have you paused before to ask why he does that? Well, the Church attaches a *PLENARY INDULGENCE* to the Stations of the Cross within the

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โ€˜NOAH’S ARK AND THE CHURCH’ (CATECHESIS FOR THE 1ST SUNDAY OF LENT- B)

Rev. Fr. David Okolie Dearest friends, do you know that the same role that NOAH’S ARK played in helping to save some persons from being destroyed by the FLOOD (cf. Gen 6:13-22) is the same role that the CHURCH is still playing in helping to save persons from the destruction of the WORLD? I will

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LOVE VS ASH, 2024

Rev. Fr. David Okolie Dearest friends, this year, 2024, we experienced a RARE CONVERGENCE of Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday; a convergence of *LOVE and PENANCE.* Now, unlike the usual love lyrics, we experienced a dominance of PENANCE and ASHES everywhere today, February 14, 2024 and this has a very powerful message for all of

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LENTEN SEASON REMINDER

Rev. Fr. David Okolie Dearest friends, you must have known that this year’s LENTEN SEASONย would commence on Wednesday, February 14, 2024; which would be ASH WEDNESDAY. So, we hope to provide some posts that would really be of help to you and I within the season. Just try to stay tuned๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ Meanwhile, we have decided

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