Friday, 20 October 2017

HOW CAN WE ATTAIN HEAVEN?

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So many persons have pondered over the basic prerequisite for attaining the kingdom of heaven but I put it to you that to attain heaven is not a game of chance or survival of the fittest. Heaven is a prepared place for the prepared people. There is no ambiguity, only the souls of the righteous will be there. Heaven as a matter of fact, is for those who do the will of God. The qualifications or conditions for accomplishing the great task of getting to heaven is therefore living the virtues of Christ in faithfulness till the end of time. Accordingly, the Christians must struggle to kowtow to the image of our Lord and redeemer Jesus Christ because it is the guarantee of attaining heaven. Christian baptism only makes one a candidate of heaven but one must make every effort to make Christ’s rule one’s life. One of Christ attributes is holiness but in this case, it is not the facial holiness rather, it is the holiness in words, actions and thoughts. In this regard, the Church Fathers state that “all the faithful are invited and obliged to holiness’and the perfection of their own state of life.” this call for holiness, rules out unholy acts and deeds like impurity in its forms and shapes (by words, actions and thoughts), willfully designed masturbation, pre- and post-marital infidelity (fornication and adultery), etcetera. This was even stressed by St. Paul when he stated that the sins of the flesh should not be mentioned by Christians talk more of being practiced by Christians. However, the grace of God which calls us to live a holy life, a life of perfection, and total submission to Christ in purity of heart and body is there to assist one in the battle for getting to the kingdom of heaven. Hence, we you to be courageous in the battle, for you are not alone. Again, it should come to our attention that there is no democracy in morality that is, everyone will have to give a personal account of himself or herself on the last day. Finally, we have to prepare ourselves for that kingdom and we should not hope for miracle on that day. Remember, he who enjoys to the end, he shall be lost, but he who endures to the end, he shall be saved. Think of the story of Lazarus and the rich man. BY UKAEGBU CHRISTIAN

Friday, 26 May 2017

SPIRITUAL RENEWAL

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“God exercises His Mercy to sinners in three ways: first, in calling them to repentance; second, in waiting for them to return; and thirdly, in welcoming them when they return.”
-St Alphonsus Maria de Liguori (Sermons for all the Sundays of the Year, Sermon       XXXII)

Saturday, 29 April 2017

A CATHOLIC FATHER AS AN APOSTLE OF MERCY

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            Roy Angell once told a beautiful story about a widow during the First World War who lost her only son and her husband. One night while this woman's grief was so terribly severe, she had a dream. An angel stood before her and said, "You might have your son back again for ten minutes. What ten minutes would you choose? Would you have him back as a little baby, a dirty-faced little boy, a schoolboy just starting to school, a student just completing high school, or as the young soldier who marched off so bravely to war?" The mother thought a few minutes and then, in her dream, told the angel she would choose none of those times. "Let me have him back," she said, "when as a little boy, in a moment of anger, he doubled up his fists and shook them at me and said, ’I hate you! I hate you!''   Continuing to address the angel, she said: "In a little while his anger subsided and he came back to me, his dirty little face stained with tears, and put his arms around me.  He said, ‘Momma, I'm sorry I was so naughty. I promise never to be bad again and I love you with all my heart.’ Let me have him back then," the mother sobbed. "I never loved him more than at that moment when he changed his attitude and came back to me." This is exactly how God feels about each of us.

THE NEED FOR THANKSGIVING

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Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness, come before His presence with songs. Know ye that the Lord is God; he made us , we belong to him, we are his people the flock of his sheepflock. Come within his gates giving thanks,to his courts 
singing praise, give thanks to him and bless his name.(Psalm 100:1-4)

Saturday, 25 February 2017

I AM INNOCENT; PLEASE SPARE MY LIFE

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Life is a gift, treasure it

“What reason would we have to commit murder when we say that women who induce abortions are murderers, and will have to give account of it to God? For the same person would not regard the fetus in the womb as a living thing and therefore an object of God’s care [and then kill it].
-Athenagoras of Athens (Legatio35)

Friday, 24 February 2017

WHY FIGHT; WHEN ACTUALLY WE ARE ONE.

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Let brotherly love abound

PREAMBLE
Statistical research has revealed that tribalism which is the ill will of self-reformation is  blowing in the life of many Nigerians and it is occasioned by the colossal of wrong orientations, false ideas, false conception of things, misplacement of values, lack of basic formation, absence of fundamental home training, ignorance, loss the sense of sin and distorted value syndrome. But William Hoard in his book “Thought of Achievement” (1998, P. 90), once opined that “very much of what we call progress of things today consist in getting rid of false ideas, false conception of things and in taking a point of view that enables us to see  the principles, ideas and things in right direction”. Thus, it makes reference to a positive psychological renewal which we may call self-reformation.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

WALKING INTO LIGHT

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WALKING IN THE LIGHT OF CHRIST
Peaceful path


My brethren in the Lord,
  This can be our theme all through Advent:  to walk in the light of the Lord.