Relections

EASTER MESSAGE OF HIS GRACE, MOST REV. VALERIAN M. OKEKE

Be Your Brother’s Keeper The resurrection of Jesus gives us and sustains in us the undying hope which the gospel message gives. The hope that goodness will triumph over evil, light over darkness, truth over falsehood, life over death. Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord, in the Holy book the Bible, God asked Cain in the book of Genesis chapter 4 Vs 9, where is your Brother? The reply from Cain was quick and sharp, “I do not Know”, “am I my brother’s Keeper? “But the Lord did not let him go rather he said listen, the sound of

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The Priesthood: Gift And Sacrifice

THE PRIESTHOOD: GIFT AND SACRIFICE PASTORAL LETTER 2021 INTRODUCTION: GRATITUDE 1.With every sense of duty we give thanks to God whose loving providence has lead us thus far. To Him be glory, honor and never-ending praise forever. In the past one year the world has experienced the ravages of an unexpected and extra-ordinary Virus, the corona virus pandemic which unleashed untold changes in most aspects of our life, our educational, social, administrative and pastoral systems were totally disrupted. For the first time in our living memory the Church has had to strongly regulate participation in our communal religious celebrations, especially

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DEMOCRACY AND CHRISTIAN VALUES

DEMOCRACY AND CHRISTIAN VALUES PASTORAL LETTER 2015 INTRODUCTION:  “Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary” Reinhold Niebuhr. 1.     ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND GRATITUDE In the name of the Most Holy Trinity, the Father Son and the Holy Spirit; in the name of the Universal, Catholic and Apostolic Church, may I humbly greet all of you, the priests, religious and the entire Christ’s lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Onitsha. I sincerely thank you all that within the last year you have continued to contribute to the steady fulfillment of the ultimate task of spreading

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THE MEASURE OF LOVE

THE MEASURE OF LOVE PASTORAL LETTER 2005 INTRODUCTION: The holy season of Lent affords me another opportunity to address you my beloved brothers and sisters, sons and daughters in the Lord, through this pastoral letter dealing on a great and vital theme of our Christian life and relating even to the very identity of God Himself. Our theme this Year of the Holy Eucharist is: THE MEASURE OF LOVE. The Scripture tells us that, “God is love” (cf. 1 Jn. 4:8). Love is also the evidence that we know God, since “whoever does not love does not know God” (cf.

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THAT THEY MAY HAVE LIFE

THAT THEY MAY HAVE LIFE PASTORAL LETTER 2004 INTRODUCTORY DISCOURSE WITH gratitude and love I present to you my maiden Lenten Pastoral on one of the most central themes on the mission of our Redeemer – who came that we many have life and have it to the full. (Jn.10:10). Our deepest gratitude is due to Almighty God whose graces to us in the Archdiocese of Onitsha and Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province has been in abundance. Ours exemplify to a reasonable extent the biblical seed that fell on good soil which produced fruit a hundredfold. (Lk. 8:8). With humility and joy,

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GRATITUDE

GRATITUDE PASTORAL LETTER 2011 CHAPTER ONE GRATITUDE/GIVING THANKS 1. INTRODUCTION: “Be joyful always, pray at all times, in everything give thanks, for that is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18). With this admonition from the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians, we introduce the theme of this pastoral letter which is on “giving thanks” or “Gratitude”. It is my desire to single out the virtue of gratitude, the habit of giving thanks, to educate my people on its meaning, purpose and promise, in order that understanding, they will offer thanks with

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