Relections

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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YOU AND THE COMMON GOOD

YOU AND THE COMMON GOOD PASTORAL LETTER 2007 1. INTRODUCTORY DISCOURSE With gratitude To God and to the great Onitsha Archdiocesan Family, I recall some events of last year 2006 which marked the Silver Jubilee of my ordination to the sacred priesthood. The way the Archdiocese celebrated the sacerdotal silver jubilee for my classmates, and for myself in particular with great sacrifices and prayers calls for gratitude, humility, greater commitment and renewed dedication on our part. It is at the same time a challenge and an encouragement. May the blessings of the Jubilee abide with our great Archdiocese, now and

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THE FAMILY AND HUMAN LIFE

THE FAMILY AND HUMAN LIFE PASTORAL LETTER 2008 INTRODUCTION: GRATITUDE It is with a deep sense of gratitude to Almighty God that I recall some of the major events of last year 2007. The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI on the 28th of May 2007 raised our Cathedral Church to the status of a Basilica; The Basilica of the Most Blessed Trinity, Onitsha. This is a renewed call to holiness and availability of more means to attain it. Please avail yourself of the opportunity and privilege of a basilica among us and make pilgrimages to the Basilica from time to

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CATHOLIC EDUCATION AND NATIONAL

CATHOLIC EDUCATION AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PASTORAL LETTER 2014 INTRODUCTION: Retrospection and Gratitude   The year of Faith which was declared by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, was celebrated by Catholics throughout the world from October 2012 to November 2013, ending on the feast of Christ the King. The major parts of last year 2013 therefore saw us celebrating our faith in God The blessed Trinity, through Christ our Lord and Redeemer, in the Holy Spirit. Here in the Archdiocese of Onitsha, the year was celebrated with seminars, workshops, retreats, conferences and prayers in the parishes, episcopal regions and at the

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IT IS NO LONGER I WHO LIVE… (Gal 2: 20ff)

    (Priestly Ordination Homily by Archbishop Valerian M. Okeke September 26, 2020) Introduction: St. Paul declared in his epistle to the Galatians “it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me” (Gal 2 ;20). This statement applies to every baptized Christian more so to every Catholic priest. By his priestly calling and consecration, the priest is expected to be a living image of Jesus Christ, a visible sacramental presence of our Lord and Holy Redeemer. We shall briefly look at; the events of the priestly ordination, The Eucharistic life of a Priest and the Priest who

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THE BEAUTY/SPLENDOR OF CONSECRATED LIFE

        (Homily of Archbishop Valerian Okeke @ final Profession of immaculate Heart Sisters, Basilica of the most holy trinity, onitsha. 5th September 2020) The life of the Consecrated is a blessing to the church. It is one of those charisms that shows, different blessings, and different colors with which the Church is beautified, and the community of humanity is blessed by God himself. According to the Literature experts, a thing of beauty is a joy forever and we know as the elders will tell us that Goodness is attractive, goodness has a beauty, an inherent beauty in it that makes

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