May 29, 2024
Reflections By Rev. Fr. David Okolie

CHOOSING WHAT IS THE BEST: To the Shepherds and the Youths

Rev. Fr. David Okolie Indeed, I was greeted with a GREAT SILENCE that only suggested the DIVINE PRESENCEย the day I drove into the Benedictine Monastery in Umuoji, Anambra state. I wondered why people would ever reject the PLEASURES of this world only to be secluded in such an isolated place. When eventually I found myself

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ABOUT WAEC/SSCE CERTIFICATE

Rev. Fr. David Okolie Just recently, dearest friends, I had an interaction with a friend of mine during which he expressed his disappointment towards his Alma mater (the Secondary school he attended), because of how the school has fallen from the *pinnacle of EXCELLENCE to the oblivion of MEDIOCRITY.* According to him, he came to

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โ€˜THOU SHALT NOT KILL’

Rev. Fr. David Okolie Dearest friends and people of goodwill all over the world, at this time in history, it pleases God that we all ponder anew one of his Commandments that is frequently violated in our world today through various means. It is the 5th Commandment of God thus: *โ€œThou Shalt Not Kill”* (cf.

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SEMINARY EXAMINATION: โ€˜BUSINESS BEFORE PLEASURE’

Rev. Fr. David Okolie My heart goes out to all the seminarians as they prepare to battle with a very demanding aspect of their formation towards the Catholic Priesthood; i.e, EXAMINATION. Dearest brothers, I really know that it is not easy at all within this time but I encourage you to work round the clock.

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ST. PAUL: FROM SACRIFICE TO EXCELLENCE

Rev. Fr. David Okolie Dearest friends, pastors, ministers and evangelists, As we gradually draw to the close of this beautiful day in Christendom; that is: *โ€˜The Feast of the CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL’*, let us take few minutes to ponder on these powerful lines of *St. John Chrysostom* on this great day: โ€œ… So he

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PREACH TO THE SINNER

Rev. Fr. David Okolie Dearest friends, one of the greatest challenge of our generation is the belief that it is no longer necessary to *PREACH to the SINNER.* This belief is erroneously supported with the idea that God is LOVING and MERCIFUL. But we seem to forget that God is also *JUST;* rewarding the VIRTUOUS

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AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL THE NEWLY ORDAINED PRIESTS

– Rev. Fr. David Okolie Dearest Fr., We sincerely thank God for bestowing this Great GIFT of the SACRED PRIESTHOOD on you! Indeed, it was not by your effort, because โ€œnobody takes this honour upon himself” (cf. Heb 5:4). While we sincerely thank God for what he has done, we equally rejoice with you. Now

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FORGIVENESS: CHRISTIANS VS MUSLIMS

Dearest friends, another person sent a serious concern on this same issue of FORGIVENESS. Let me still quote him verbatim but I also attached his comment to this post: ย โ€œThis forgiveness of a thing is the reason why Muslims are killing Christians everywhere.” Indeed, the above is a serious concern but then, the question is:

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MUST I FORGIVE?

Dearest friends, it is quite obvious that Jesus’ teaching on *FORGIVENESS* does not seem to appeal to many Christians, both Pastors and their members. In fact, since I made the post on forgiveness yesterday (September 17, 2023) which I entitled: *โ€˜Hatred among Christians’*, a number of persons have sent in their comments and questions. But

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MARY ALSO FOLLOWED THE WAY OF THE CROSS

Dearest friends, it is very true that: A CROSS-LESS Christianity/lifestyle (i.e the one that seeks only for pleasure and comfort) CANNOT lead to HEAVEN. Jesus himself said this: โ€œIf anyone is willing to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his CROSS, and follow me” (cf. Matt 16:24). ๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸผWhen we talk about

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