Author: Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA
Joel Okojie is an ordained Catholic Priest in the Order of St. Augustine. He has been a Priest for over a decade. He served as pastor in two different parishes, he was one time Novice Master and a member of the Provincial Council of the province of St. Augustine of Nigeria, and he is currently on a mission in response to the needs of the Church in Canada.

To many in our world today where secularism is praised and celebrated as a virtue, our first reading this morning from the book of the prophet Malachi will mean nothing. The secular nature of so many nations around the world …

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Every second day of the Month of October is set aside by the Catholic Church to celebrate the memorial of the holy guardian angels, and I won’t be wrong to connect the celebration to our Catholic faith in the communion …

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Beauty may be a combination of stuffs that stimulates the pleasure of the aesthetic senses, especially the sight. But her beauty surpasses what the ordinary eye alone can grasp to connect to Saint Paul’s walk in the spirit; for we …

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The news of the Lord’s return to Capernaum may have so hit the airwaves in the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry in such a manner that it attracted a titanic crowd to him, the mammoth crowd obviously left no option …

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The attempt could be made to pair the Old and the New Testaments with the aim of drawing a conclusion about which is more important, but such comparison is inconsequential because both are interlaced. However, the New Testament explains the …

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It is almost a universally accepted feelings that the wish of a dying person carries some level of importance, and that explains how significantly important Jesus’ giving of his Mother to John was to him in his last moments on …

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The Month of August is truly Augustinian, a Month the Augustinian family with great excitement joins the universal Church to specially celebrate the feasts of St. Monica (27th) and her son St. Augustine (28th). The amazing story of a mother …

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The Catholic Church teaches and celebrates the queen-ship of the Blessed Virgin Mary which flows from the kingship of Jesus Christ. This certainly provokes the spirit of protest in many none Catholics who rejects and insist on the none biblical …

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Jesus preaching from one town to another and making his way to Jerusalem, someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few be saved? The seriousness and the heavy weight of Jesus’ teachings may have triggered the question; Lord, will only …

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The rainbow signifies for me a divine establishment of a covenantal relationship between heaven and earth

The prophet Jeremiah was a great prophet of God even though some people saw him as a prophet of doom because he spoke the truth. He was ignored and maltreated; some refer to him as the weeping prophet. He warned the …

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“Vanity of vanity, the Preacher says. Vanity of vanity. All is vanity!” This reminds me of what I once told a close friend. We were together listening to national news on the national TV, and they showed and talked about …

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The story about the two sisters in our gospel passage this morning and how they reacted to the visit of Jesus reminds me of the journey I made some years ago to Israel. We left Nigeria in high spirit, and …

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Our gospel reading today opens with a lawyer who to disconcert Jesus, stood up and asked; Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life? Jesus’ interaction with this lawyer led to the parable of the good Samaritan. Most people pay so much attention.

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Jesus appointed seventy others and sent them out in pairs to towns and villages to proclaim the word of God. In chapter 9 of the same gospel according Luke, he had sent the twelve on the same mission and with …

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The Solemnity we celebrate today, Corpus Christi or the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ dates back to the 13th century, though it celebrates something much older. The word of God did not take flesh in the 13th century just …

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About how our fathers lived their Christian faith we refer to today as the good old days; how I wish our children will not call today their good old days. This may sound like not wishing our children well, but …

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One of the most misunderstood teachings of the Catholic Church is this one: “Outside the Church there is no salvation” (Extra ecclesiam nulla salus). Those trying to grasp the meaning of this teaching often struggle with its formulations by various …

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To sketch the image of the Catholic Church as a rock will not be a mere artistic imagination, but a reality that reflects the foundation upon which the Church is built. Even though that “solid mineral material forming part of …

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Today we celebrate the solemnity of the annunciation of the Lord, a celebration that echos how close God is to us, especially to the Blessed Virgin Mary who became his souse. The Catholic Church has given so many devotional titles …

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We celebrate today the first Sunday of Lent, a season we are invited to journey into ourselves to ask some fundamental questions about our relationship with God. A Journey into ourselves helps in rediscovery our true identity, who we truly …

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God will not rest until you are called the delight of God.

Today we celebrate the baptism of Jesus Christ; God been baptized by man, a mystery like the incarnation. At the incarnation, a creature, a woman  gave birth to her creator. Really amazing! That is the reason the angel Gabriel said …

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We celebrate today the feast of the holy family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. The Church presents this family as an example of a perfect family, and a source of encouragement to so many families that may be facing challenging …

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Today we celebrate the fourth Sunday of advent and the last Sunday before Christmas. The Church calls us this week to renew our commitment to wait together with Mary in hope for the birth of her Son; the savor of …

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In our first reading this morning, God calls on Jerusalem to take off her dress of sorrow and distress, and put on the beauty of the glory of God. It is a call to preparation for a triumphant return, a …

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Today we begin the season of advent, the season of special preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ at Christmas. The word advent is from the Latin word adventus, meaning coming. The season of advent is of expectation, anticipation and …

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One cannot help but continually reflect on the story of St. Rita of Cascia and her miraculous rose flower, an event that is indeed an amazing testimony of her holiness and God’s love for her. The miracle of the rose …

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Today we celebrate the feast of Christ the universal king, and this feast marks the end of the Church’s liturgical calendar. It is a celebration we can consider ancient and new. It is ancient because God did not become king …

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We are gradually coming to the close of the year, and also we are reminded that we are gradually coming close to the end of time. End time message is no longer sellable in our generation, that is not the …

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The widows and the orphans are no doubt special to God. He said he is the father to the fatherless and the defender of widows (Psalm 68:5). Also in Isaiah 1:17, he calls us to defend the fatherless and plead …

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A scribe asked Jesus; which commandment is the first of all? There must be a kind of build up to this question, something must have made the scribe to ask the question. The scribe heard the religious authorities disputing with …

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In our first reading today, the prophet Jeremiah prophesied about the coming freedom and restoration of the people of Israel. They were led into captivity as a result of their disobedience to God, they turned their back against the God …

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Our gospel passage this morning reminds me of the story about an old man and his two sons. The younger son lived far away from home while the senior son was always with their father. But the younger son who …

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In our first reading this morning from the book of wisdom, the writer, probably Solomon, prayed and he was given understanding or wisdom. He treasured this understanding above every other thing, he believes strongly that if the  understanding he was …

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God created man and said, it is not good that man should be alone. I will make him a helpmate. So, God created all kinds of animals, but man found no helpmate in any. So, the Lord God made the …

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Christianity in our generation has being turned into something else, it is not an exaggeration to say that anti-Christian/Catholic tendencies have eaten deep into the Church; particularly the Nigerian Church. Our readings this morning addresses some of these anomalies; all …

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The pains of unintentional childlessness in marriage is unimaginable, only those who faces it or had gone through it knows the extent. Why so many are thanking God for the technological and medical advancement that seem to have provided a …

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We see Jesus in our gospel passage this morning making his way gradually towards Jerusalem and the cross by implication. He came down from the mountain with his apostles and made their way through Galilee to Capernaum. He did not …

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The bare cross is simply referred to as a cross, while the cross with an image of the crucified Jesus is crucifix. I once got a beautiful crucifix for a non-Catholic friend, and he appreciated it but later removed the …

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Our gospel passage this morning is a very familiar one, we all may have read it so many times and listened to so many homilies on it. But one thing that may not be too familiar is the nature of …

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Today’s first reading sounds like its advent season already, the prophet Isaiah prophesied about the coming of the messiah. He is coming, vengeance is coming he says. He is also coming with healing power to open the eyes of the …

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Jesus, the redeemer of the world was born and initiated into the Jewish culture, he grew up among Jews and must have known the importance of the ritual wash to his people. For the Jews do not eat unless they …

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Pope Francis recently apologised in the name of the Catholic Church in response to a disturbing revelation as noted in his apology letter; “In recent days, a report was made public which detailed the experiences of at least a thousand …

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For the past four Sundays, our readings have been on Jesus the bread of life. We have been talking about the Eucharist and its place in our lives, and today we conclude the discourse on the Eucharist. As we celebrate …

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Marriage, or the sacrament of matrimony in the Catholic Church has a very strong and unbreakable binding force that keeps those who go into it together in good times and in bad, till death do them part. It is a …

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The Israelites have very interesting history. They were slaves in Egypt, but liberated by God using Moses and Aaron. He made a way for them through the sea and led them out of the land of slavery, but they complained …

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Has any traditional Catholic made heaven? This question may sound so crazy or even childish, especially when it’s coming from a Catholic priest. But I had to think aloud in response to the antagonistic tendencies of some Christians who spend …

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Our readings today draws attention to the ability of God to provide for his people, he knows our needs and he is able to provide. In the first reading, a man brought twenty barley loaves and fresh grain to the …

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I remember years ago as seminarians how we were been sent out to different parishes for some pastoral experience. Whenever we returned, we met with our master individually to share our experiences with him. It was more exciting when we …

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In my homily a week ago, I reflected on how we can go beyond the limit the world sets for us with the help of God. Jesus was rejected by his own people because they said he was supposed to …

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Recently I was reading some stuff posted on the internet by a lady named Lara Parker, she was talking about growing up. She presented 25 things she claims no one would tell you about growing up, and one of the …

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Our gospel reading today is a continuation of the gospel passage of the twelveth Sunday of year b, where Jesus and his apostles decided to cross over to the other side. I remember that on that Sunday in my homily …

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That the Blessed Virgine Mary attends every Mass sounds so weird; really a very strange way of thinking you may say. Before I continue, its good I let you know that this is not an official doctrine of the Catholic …

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John the Baptist was a great man, even Jesus praised his greatness. The Church specially celebrates his birthday, unlike the other saints. The Church mostly celebrates the feast days of saints on their birth day into heaven; the day they …

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In our first reading this morning, we read about the promise of God. He promised that he was going to plant a cedar that will grow to become the biggest of all, a cedar that will grow to provide shade …

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St. Augustine is famously known for his believe in the restlessness of the human heart; our hearts are restless until they rest in God, says St. Augustine. And Pope Francis reminds us never to let our hearts go to sleep …

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The Catholic Church once every year dedicates a Sunday for the celebration of the gift of communication; Communication Sunday. The power of communication cannot be over emphasized, especially in our world today that has recorded tremendous growth in communication technology. …

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The Solemnity we celebrate today, Corpus Christi or the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ dates back to the 13th century, though it celebrates something much older. The word of God did not take flesh in the 13th century just …

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In many parts of the world today, especially in Africa, violence against women and children is becoming rampant. And more evil is the taking up of arms against the unborn, and they call it victory against the Church. Ireland! Ireland!! …

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Today we celebrate the solemnity of the Holy Trinity, the mystery of the three persons in one Godhead. This is a mystery, we cannot fully understand it just as it is written in Isaiah 55:8-9; for my thoughts are not …

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Are you born again? Wow! You may exclaim and say; he sounds like a none Catholic! Yes; I think so myself. Many people seem to have a very erroneous understanding of the Catholic Church’s attitude towards the term, “born again”. …

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Before the passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, he prayed for his apostles, he consecrated them, he ordained them and handed his ministry over to them. In this prayer of consecration, Jesus reveals that the apostles were specially chosen by …

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Today we celebrate the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven, a feast that seem to emphasize the departure of Jesus Christ from his apostle and from all of us. But it is actually a feast that celebrates his mysterious and …

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In our first reading today, Peter went to the house of Cornelius and he talked about how God has no  favorite. We are all God’s children, God sent his Son to die for all of us and not for a few. Anyone …

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In the spirit of St. Augustine our holy father, we the Augustinians of the 21st century continue to promote the necessity of the inward journey. It is not about running away from the world but going into one’s self to …

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A week ago we celebrated the good shepherd Sunday and Jesus called himself the good shepherd, a title that suggest that the opposite exist. That is, there are bad shepherds. The same message is reflected in our gospel reading today, …

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The season of Easter is no doubt a joyous one, a season we specially glory in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the victory we have in him. The crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus Christ certainly changed the pre-resurrection …

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Today is the fourth Sunday of Easter, good shepherd Sunday and a day set aside by the Church to pray for vocation to the priesthood and the religious life; hence the name vocation Sunday. Jesus said he is the good …

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Figuratively speaking, Jesus promised that the gates of hell will not prevail against his Church (Mt. 16:18). The word “gate” here could mean different things to different people, depending on their own interpretations. But in the passage of the scripture …

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Our readings today reflects the talk about the resurrected Christ. In the first reading Peter addressed the people of Israel, reminding them of how they accused and handed Jesus over to be crucified and how the father glorified him through …

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After the resurrection of Jesus Christ and before the apostles were convinced of his resurrection, they locked themselves up in a room. They were afraid of the Jews, they were afraid that they might be the next target. But Devin …

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It is undeniably true that the playing of pranks, or practical jokes have become part of us. In almost every society and culture, pranking each other is accepted. Though we know that pranks sometimes go wrong and become disastrous, but …

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The holy week is the pick of the Lenten season, it begins with the Passion Sunday. The holy week as it is called suggest perfection, a week of holiness, peace and tranquillity. But when we juxtapose the name and the …

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Today marks the beginning of the holy week, the hight of Lenten season. This week is the week of betrayal and tragedy, yet remains a holy week. It is the week the Passover lamb will be sacrificed just as it …

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There is no doubt that man keeps eventing ways of making life easier, which is a great thing because, God directed man to conquer the earth. So, to talk about the beauty of pains sounds like the craziest thing ever, …

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Our first reading today talks about the Old and the New Covenant; Jeremiah foretells the new and everlasting covenant sealed with the blood of Jesus. “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant …

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Jesus said that “the Son of man must be lifted up as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him. The serpent was lifted up for a purpose; it …

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. Today, the third Sunday of Lent we find ourselves in the Temple. We were with Jesus in the desert the first Sunday of Lent, second Sunday of Lent we were with him on the mountain of transfiguration and today …

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Today, we are reminded once again to be renewed, to be transformed. Jesus took with him Three of his apostles; Peter, James and John and led them up the mountain where he was transformed or transfigured in their presence. They …

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In our first reading we are reminded of God’s covenant with Noah, it is a covenant we cannot talk about without the story of creation, the fall and the destruction of man. God created man in his image and likeness …

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It may appear to be most unfortunate for many young people that we celebrate Ash Wednesday today, February 14th, 2018. On this day, popularly known as Valentine’s Day, the world celebrates love. Celebrating Ash Wednesday this day is not just …

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Today, we celebrate the last Sunday before the Season of Lent, and our readings today are very appropriate and timely. We are reminded in our readings this Sunday to step into the season of Lent knowing who we are and …

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One of the biggest tricks of the devil is to make you believe that he doesn’t exist, he makes you feel that the stories you hear about him and his demons are just imaginations of people. And many Christians have …

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We all know that Jesus chose twelve men to be his apostles, but three of them seemed to be very close to him and special; Peter, James and John. Whenever Jesus was going to special places, he went with these …

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Moses spoke to the people , saying, the Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brethren as you desired (Deut. 18:15). The people probably observed that Moses was growing old, …

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I have being asked a particular question severally, a question I find disturbing, un-Catholic and in fact unchristian. They asked; at what point in the Mass is it considered late or sinful to join? Many of those who ask this …

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The City of Nineveh was once a great City, but also a City of sin, a city that needed cleansing. That is to tell us that greatness is not measured by what you possess but by what you do with …

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I remember as a seminarian, I was told not to say that God has called me to be a priest in the Augustinian Order, but rather to say, I am here to see if God is calling me to be an …

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We join the universal Church today to celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord, it is one of the ancient holy day observed by the Church; it is a feast celebrated within the Christmas season. Christmas itself is an Epiphany, and …

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Today we celebrate the feast of the holy family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Today the Church presents this family as an example of a perfect family, an encouragement to so many families that may be facing some challenging situations …

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We celebrate today the last Sunday before Christmas, and in fact, tomorrow is Christmas, the feast we have been preparing for. The Church offers us four Sundays to prepare for this feast; in the first two weeks, the Church calls …

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Both the male and female religious in the Catholic Church are known to live a vowed life, they vow to live a life of poverty, chastity and obedience. A vow by its very nature binds us to something, and in …

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Today is the third Sunday of advent, and it is traditionally called ‘gaudete’. The word ‘gaudate’ is a Latin word that translate the opening word for our entrance antiphon this morning; “rejoice”. On this Sunday the Church calls her children …

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Seating before a medical consultant and talking as doctor and patient, she smiled and with all respect asked me a question that was completely outside why we were together; probably that was another way to make a patient relax. She …

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This morning we hear the beginning or the opening of the gospel of Mark, it introduces the two great figures of the New Testament; John the Baptist and Jesus Christ the Lord. The angel Gabriel announced the coming of Jesus …

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Today we begin the advent season, the season of preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ at Christmas. The word “advent” is from the Latin word “adventus”, meaning “coming”. Advent is a season of expectation, anticipation and a season of …

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Today we celebrate the feast of Christ the universal king, and this feast marks the end of the Church’s liturgical calendar. It is a celebration we can consider ancient and new. It is ancient because God did not become king …

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Jesus tells another parable today, a very familiar one with beautiful messages. It is a parable popularly referred to as the parable of the talents. Even though this parable was originally directed at the Scribes and especially the Pharisees, it …

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As we approach the last Month of the year, we are reminded of the fact that each passing day brings us closer to our last day on earth. We all know that Christmas is approaching, and we all know that it …

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In our first reading this morning, the Lord says that he is a great king and the Lord of hosts, and his name is to be feared throughout the nations. In other words, there is no other king apart from …

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For many none-Catholics, Catholic doctrine sounds so bizarre and hard to accept. But the acceptability is less a concern, what matters most is the truthfulness of the teaching. She teaches with authority from Christ, and through the inspiration of the …

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In our gospel passage a week ago, the Pharisees and the Herodians tried to set Jesus up with a question about paying tax to Caesar, but Jesus knowing their minds escaped their trap. But that same day, the Sadducees came …

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The Catholic Church is not just the oldest but also the largest in the world, it is a Church many none Catholics do not really understand and so are tempted to criticise her mode of worship. This criticism sometimes make …

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In some of Jesus parables, he directly attacked the chief priests, the elders of the people, the scribes and the Pharisees. He condemned their attitude towards religion, their legalistic approach to the worship of God. They were the rejected guests …

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I remember a few years ago I co-celebrated at the funeral of a dear one, and the scripture passage from the book of the prophet Isaiah we read this morning was the exact text of that day. On this mountain, the …

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Jesus said, listen to another parable, which means he has being speaking in parables. In our part of the world, we are very familiar with parables, we as Africans and particularly Nigerians are blessed with that. In many cases, very important …

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The Catholic Church in Nigeria joins every Nigerian to celebrate the nation’s 57th independence anniversary. There may be no much to celebrate today, but our hopes must not be quenched. On this day, the Catholic Church in Nigeria specially prays and re-dedicate our …

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Today, the twenty-sixth Sunday of the year (A), we celebrate the solemnity of Our Lady Queen and Patroness of Nigeria, and it is not a coincident that we also celebrate the anniversary of our national independence today. The Church in …

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Our first reading this morning reminds us of the gospel passage we read a week ago, about how some hired servants saw injustice in the generosity of the landowner and complained. In our first reading this morning, the people of …

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One can confidently call Pope Francis, an apostle of mercy, for he has been on the side of mercy and simplicity of life. He declared extraordinary jubilee year of mercy (8 December 2015 to 20 November 2016) that gave so …

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OUR HOPE IN DESPAIR: TOWARDS NATIONAL   RESTORATION A Communiqué issued at the End of Second Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at St. Charles Borromeo Pastoral Centre, Jalingo, Taraba State, 7-15 September 2017. 1. PREAMBLE: We, …

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Our Lord Jesus Christ came into the world as man, not to condemn the Old Testament but to fulfil it. He came to explain the law and the prophets, to lead us beyond mere words, beyond the letters of the …

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The 14th day of the Month of September is a day set aside by the Catholic Church to celebrate the power, the exaltation and the victory of the cross. Celebrating an achievement is an exciting thing to do, and that …

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The Augustinians are easily recognised in the midst of many because of the habit, so also are other religious groups. A religious habit is a distinctive set of garments worn by members of a religious order, it is a form …

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Christianity in our generation is gradually losing its focus, it is gradually becoming mere entertainment, politics, physical manifestation of power, signs and wonders. The object of focus is gradually shifting from eternal life in Christ to a beautiful life here …

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In my homily a week ago, I did mentioned about how the devil put a thought in Peter, and how Jesus rebuked the satanic thought immediately. That incident happened when Jesus began to make it clear to his disciples that …

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Whenever we read this passage of the scripture, the passage that talks about Jesus and his apostles in the region of Caesarea Philippi, the first thing that comes to mind is the authority of St. Peter. When Jesus and his apostles …

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I’ve had the opportunities to talk to people, especially to none Catholics about Catholic worship. Our liturgy has a lot of signs and symbols, and it is very important that you understand these signs and symbols to flow with us. …

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In our first reading this morning we heard the prophet Isaiah foretelling that the expected messianic kingdom is not exclusive, it is not a kingdom meant for the Jews alone but for all nations. It does not matter where you …

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The Catholic Church is often criticized for her firm position on some issues; this is true, and not an exaggeration to say that the world is always etching to know the stand of the Catholic Church. But this has not …

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A week ago in our gospel passage, we read about the mountaintop experience, how the apostles saw the glory of God on the  mountaintop. And today in our first reading, we see another kind of mountaintop experience. The prophet Elijah …

Homily for the Nineteenth Sunday, year A. Read More »

The media recently reported the resignation of an ordained Catholic Priest who has served God faithfully through the priestly ministry for some good years. I cannot help but appreciate the services he rendered as a priest, especially for the souls …

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Today we celebrate the feast of the transfiguration of the Lord, and we are reminded once again to be renewed, to be transformed like Jesus Christ. Jesus was transformed on a mountaintop, he took with him three of his apostles; …

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The Wisdom of Solomon was and is still unrivalled, it is the promise of God that none before or after Solomon will be as wise as he. The queen of Sheba came all the way to test the Wisdom of …

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Today, when I listen to news or go through the social media, I begin to wonder what this world would have been like if men were God. We hear all kinds of stories and see all kinds of disturbing videos …

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A priest friend told me how he visited a particular Country and was given the privilege to preach the gospel in one of the Masses he concelebrated. He preached for about twenty minutes, and at the end he was told …

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Jesus exclaimed, “I bless you Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children.” This is not a condemnation of intellectual power, but intellectual pride. It’s …

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I once told a new convert to Catholicism that he needs to understand the Church very well to enjoy our way of worship. In many cases, our Catholic faith is enshrined, and our liturgy is full of signs and symbol …

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Traveling in our generation is made much easier and exciting even though many of the roads are not wonderful. I believe it is far better than the days of Elisha, they never thought of or even imagined traveling by air …

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In our first reading we see the attempt to terrorize the prophet Jeremiah, but he refuses to be terrorized or intimidated by terrorism. He hears so many disparaging him, terror from every side. Those who used to be his friends …

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In the gospel according to John (Jn. 4:1-42), Jesus engaged a Samaritan woman in a discussion, it was beside Jacob’s well in a Samaritan town called Sychar. One point led to the other and the woman brought up the issue …

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The Solemnity we celebrate today, Corpus Christi or the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ dates back to the 13th century, though it celebrates something much older. The word of God did not take flesh in the 13th century just …

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Today we celebrate the solemnity of the Holy Trinity, the mystery of the three persons in one Godhead. This is a mystery, we cannot fully understand it just as it is written in Isaiah 55:8-9; for my thoughts are not …

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Few days ago we celebrated the ascension of Jesus Christ, he promised to send the advocate, the Holy Spirit. After Jesus was taken up to heaven, we see in our first reading this morning that the apostles together with the …

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The Virgin Mary is no doubt a key figure in the New Testament, a woman whose cult influenced the world so much. I recently wrote an article where I stated clearly that I am so much in love with this …

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In our Creed we express our faith in God, maker of all things; visible and invisible. The visible is the material world while the invisible is the spirit world. God is Spirit, and in our first reading we see two …

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Two days ago I was invited by members of the Association of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary to talk to them about the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the abyss of all virtues. It was at St. …

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In our first reading this morning we see a drama we cannot overlook, a drama with both negative and positive interpretations. It happened when the number of the early Christians was increasing. There was a report of discrimination among the …

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I am so much in love with this woman, an amazing Virgin and Mother. She is the pride of the Catholic Church, the queen of all hearts, the Mother of her own saviour, and the Mother of her own redeemer. She …

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Today is the fourth Sunday of Easter, good shepherd Sunday and a day set aside by the Church to specially pray for vocation to the priesthood and the religious life; hence the name vocation Sunday. Jesus said he is the …

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We are still celebrating the power and glory of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, His victory over sin and death. We see the boldness that comes with the resurrection power with the help of the Holy Spirit, it was on …

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Today, the 26 of April the Augustinians worldwide celebrates the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of good counsel. We celebrate specially in Nigeria  today (26 April 2017)because we formally inaugurate the devotion in all our parishes. The Blessed …

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Today we celebrate the second Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday, we continue to glory in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Through the resurrection power of Jesus Christ, the Church is blessed with power and authority even …

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Last night, the whole Church kept vigil to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, to celebrate that beautiful early morning on which Mary Magdalene came to the tomb. It was the custom in Palestine to visit the tomb of a …

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There are four dogmas stating Mary’s personal relationship with God and her role in human salvation. 1) Divine Motherhood Mary’s divine motherhood was proclaimed at the Council of Ephesus in 431. Various names are used to describe Mary’s role as mother of Jesus. …

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The Lord says this: I am now going to open your graves; I mean to raise you from your graves, my people, and lead you back to the soil of Israel. The grave is the ‘home’ of the dead, the …

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The relationship between Sabbath and Sunday has been an issue among very few Christians, even though so many who have no issue with it do not really know much about this relationship. I posted an article about this relationship some …

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I once met a friend reading a book titled, “how to be successful”. Though I have not read that book, but I strongly believe that it is all about planning, strategizing, knowing what to do and what not to do …

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Our reflections this morning is centered round been thirsty. It begins with the ancient Israel, they were tormented by thirst as they traveled from Egypt through the desert to the Promised Land. It is natural and expected that they become …

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