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

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: “If anyone is willing to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his CROSS, and follow me” (cf. Matt 16:24). 👉🏼When we talk about

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WITH THE APOSTOLIC WORK OVER… : Message to Seminarians

Normally, the Major Seminarians of the Roman Catholic Church enjoy about two months holiday (or even more) before the beginning of a new Academic/Formation year. The Apostolic work period cannot be said to be part of the holiday because it is a continuation of the formation year which eventually ends with the reunion with the

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THOSE THAT DESTROY MARRIAGES

Dearest friends, at wedding ceremonies, we often hear those powerful words of Jesus Christ thus: “… What God has joined together, let nobody SEPARATE” (cf. Matt 19:6). Unfortunately, more often than not, we seem not to take the above words of Jesus Christ as seriously as they are. If we really do, there may not be

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19TH SUNDAY CATECHESIS: WHEN FAITH IS THREATENED

Dearest friends, can you and I truly say that we have FAITH in God; especially in the face of relative COMFORT? Well, you are entitled to your own opinion; but I really do not think so. It is actually in the face of some life challenges, that is when our faith is threatened and we

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TRANSFIGURATION CATECHESIS: LISTEN TO HIM

Dearest friends, one of the greatest challenges of our world today is the difficulty of choosing from the cacophony of voices, the one to actually LISTEN TO. Thus, a number of persons have chosen to listen to voices that have RUINED their lives; of which they are regretting today. These VOICES which constitute difficulty for us

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17TH SUNDAY CATECHESIS: HEAVEN: THE SUPREME GOOD

Dearest friends, I hardly can imagine what else any of us would desire that is more than GOING to HEAVEN. Again, do you really think that there is any effort that is put in towards the attainment of Heaven that does not worth it? The above two points should always be our motivation and inspiration

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BIG BROTHER NAIJA

Dearest friends, it was towards the end of April, 2021, that a Chinese University (Tsinghua-University) was all over the news because of a dance that was termed ‘Vulgar‘ and ‘Pornographic‘ by its citizens, which some ladies displayed during the university’s 110th anniversary celebration. The news can be accessed through this link:(https://newstral.com/en/article/en/1188381378/-vulgar-and-pornographic-dance-to-celebrate-tsinghua-university-anniversary-lambasted-online). Reading through the news

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16TH SUNDAY CATECHESIS: THE WHEAT OF HOLINESS AND THE WEED OF SIN

Dearest friends, in the parable of the WEEDS (Cf. Matt 13:24-30), Jesus laid bare the wisdom of the Father in our relationship with him. He is not always quick to treat us the way we deserve, but he offers us opportunities to change for good. Thus, none of us would deny the fact that he/she

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INTIMACY AND THE PRIESTHOOD

Priests and priestly candidates should not run away from relationships, both with the same and the opposite sex. However, they should seriously avoid INTIMACY (Exclusive Relationship). Intimacy hardly goes without bodily expressions and that brings in the whole idea of carnal pleasure. It may start at the initial stage with gentle patting, hugging and before

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15TH SUNDAY CATECHESIS: BEYOND MERE HUMAN ABILITY

Dearest friends, the mistake that a number of persons make is the erroneous assumption that the WORD of God is like any other sound or literature that can easily be understood, retained and obeyed by mere human ability. Far be it from the above! On the contrary, to understand, retain and obey the the WORD of

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