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

‘THOU SHALT NOT KILL’

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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: *“Thou Shalt Not Kill”* (cf. Exodus 20:13).

👉🏼KILLING in whatever kind: *Manslaughter (shooting, stabbing, strangulating, lynching, etc.), Poisoning, Raping, Euthanasia, etc. is evil. We condemn in a special way #ABORTION, which is a wicked act unleashed on defenceless UNBORN babies.* It is simply a usurpation of the authority of God by human person. God is the MASTER of life and all of us are SERVANTS to this life. We have the OBLIGATION of protecting LIFE from CONCEPTION to NATURAL DEATH. Thus, any act of killing is simply *AGAINST* the above Commandment of God and whoever finds himself/herself in any of the above kinds of killing SUFFERS GREATLY.

👉🏼 *One problem with killing is that the PUNISHMENT that follows it is imposed by GOD himself and it is not always very easy to bear (cf. Gen 4:11-13). There is also RESTLESSNESS and ABSENCE of PEACE in the life of whoever that killed or PARTICIPATED in killing.* Sometimes, the Killer continues to suffer till he/she commits SUICIDE. Also, very often, the CURSE attracted by any act of killing runs through the person’s GENERATIONS.

Therefore, I plead with everything that is good; henceforth, DO NOT KILL🙏🏽. *LIFE* is a precious GIFT from God and MUST be protected.

We call on all people of goodwill to join in praying earnestly for the atonement of the killings that have taken place all over the world, especially in our country. Please, do not say that it doesn’t concern you because all the people of ISRAEL had to suffer just because of the SIN of one man called ACHAN (cf. Josh 7:1-26). You may read it up yourself.

We pray the Blessed Virgin Mary to obtain for us the grace of TRUE LOVE for human LIFE. Amen🙏🏽.

Remain blessed🙏🏼

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Rev. Fr. David Okolie is a Priest of the Catholic Diocese of Okigwe, Imo State, Nigeria. He is a prolific writer, retreat preacher and social media evangelizer.

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