June 14, 2024
Reflections By Rev. Fr. David Okolie

WHY DO WE NOT EAT MEAT ON ASH WEDNESDAY AND GOOD FRIDAY?

Rev. Fr. David Okolie Dearest friends, there is no doubt that while Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season, GOOD FRIDAY is the high point of the season. Within the Lenten Season, we acknowledge that we are SINNERS and it is because of our SINS that our Lord Jesus Christ came, suffered and died.

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THE 3 OILS IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: Holy Thursday’s Chrism Mass

Rev. Fr. David Okolie If, as a Catholic, you have been buying different kinds of oil for prayers, please, read through🙏🏼 Dearest friends and fellow Catholics, I wish to inform you that the Catholic Church has only 3 APPROVED OILS for use in the Church and these 3 oils are EXCLUSIVELY in the possession of

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UNFOLDING OF THE HOLY WEEK: The Holy Week Summarized

Rev. Fr. David Okolie The HOLY WEEK begins with the Palm Sunday but reaches to its heights through Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and then leading to Easter Sunday. The above days are known as TRIDUUM and are very significant in the lives of the Catholics and by extension, in the lives of every

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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: “Who 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: ‘My Imitation of Christ’ — Thomas à Kempis thus: ‘Always resist the very BEGINNING’, it is wonderful and spiritually beneficial to go for Sacramental Confession as FREQUENTLY 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 ‘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 ‘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: ‘Please, Fr., is it that programme wherein they would be ringing bell for you people like students? Another student quickly added this other question: “Do they flog you people there too”?🙂 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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‘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 *‘LISTEN TO HIM’* (cf. Mk 9:2-10). Now, *‘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

  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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