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One Who Is Silent Before Error Is Repulsive To God 

One Who Is Silent Before Error Is Repulsive To God 

One Who Is Silent Before Error Is Repulsive To God.

Pope Leo XIII exhorted us in Sapientiae Christinae of January 10, 1890, to defend and proclaim the truth of the Catholic Faith at all times without fail. To safeguard the integrity of the Faith, he insists, is a duty that belongs to each one of the faithful and not just those with power of rule. Further, one who keeps silence in face of error is repulsive to God and unworthy of eternal salvation. These are important lessons for the progressivist clergy and laymen in our days.

But in the same matter, touching Christian Faith, there are other duties whose exact and religious observance necessary at all times in the interest of eternal salvation, become more especially so in these our days.

Amid such reckless and widespread folly of opinion it is, as we have said, the office of the Church to undertake the defense of truth and uproot errors from the mind, and this charge has to be at all times sacredly observed by her, seeing that the honor of God and the salvation of men are confided to her keeping.

But when necessity compels, not only those who are invested with power of rule are bound to safeguard the integrity of the Faith, but as St. Thomas maintains, each one is under obligation to show forth his faith either to instruct and encourage others of the faithful or to repel the attacks of unbelievers.

To recoil before an enemy or to keep silence when from all sides such clamor is raised against truth, belongs to a man either devoid of character or one who entertains doubt as to the truth of what he professes to believe. In both cases such mode of behaving is shameful and is insulting to God, and both are incompatible with salvation of mankind. This kind of conduct is profitable only to the enemies of Faith, for nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good.

Moreover, lack of vigor on the part of Christians is so much the more blameworthy, as not seldom little would be needed on their part to bring to naught false charges and refute erroneous opinions. And, by always exerting themselves more strenuously, they might count upon being successful.

The Last Man Standing 

The Last Man Standing 

*The Last Man Standing*

_(Tuesday 25th June, 2019. Genesis 13:2.5-18, Psalm 15 and Matthew 7:6.12-14)_

_*“Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:13-14).*_

Would you dare to be the last man standing if you have to divide a piece of property between yourself and your cousin? Especially when it appears your cousin is now choosing the better part (or the part that appears to be better)?

Would you dare to be the last man standing when everyone around you is going left and you alone begin to walk right?

From where do you derive your sense of worth, is it from what people say or think about you or from what God knows about you?

Are you like Saul who disobeyed God’s instruction out of pressure from the people who “advised” him to keep some of the treasures for himself?

On what do you base your value system? On what the society regards as okay or on what God says is okay?

Jesus words in today’s Gospel passage have never been much truer. ENTER BY THE NARROW GATE FOR GATE IS WIDE AND THE WAY IS EASY, THAT LEADS TO DESTRUCTION AND THOSE WHO ENTER BY IT ARE MANY.

If all your friends say fornication is an act of love and you are the only one saying it is a grave offence against God, would you dare to be the last man standing?

If all your colleagues at work devise means of stealing and milking secretly the company’s resources, would you dare to be the last man standing your ground for truth, honesty and righteousness?

If all the people you know tell lies at will and you are the one who even has to suffer for saying the truth, would you dare to be the last man standing?

When Lot moved first, Abram did not complain. He allowed Lot to choose the part that seemed good in the eyes, but it was not until Lot got there that he discovered it was not all that glitter that is gold. The land looked good but the people there were evil, immoral and wicked. They had no fear of God.

The choices that seem most attractive or popular are not always the best. *So I ask again, would you dare to be the last man standing?*

Let us Pray: Lord Jesus, help me to choose right, to stand by you even if the world around me falls to evil, Amen.

*Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Tuesday of the 12th Week in Ordinary time. Bible Study: Genesis 13:2.5-18, Psalm 15 and Matthew 7:6.12-14).*

-Fr. Abu

‘You Can’t Ignore God And Still Expect His Blessings’ – A Priest’s Warning. 

‘You Can’t Ignore God And Still Expect His Blessings’ – A Priest’s Warning. 

One cannot expect to ignore the Holy Spirit and receive his blessings at the same time.

One cannot expect to ignore God’s will and yet receive the benefits of following Him.

One cannot treat God as a hobby and expect to be treated as His son or daughter.

One cannot blow off the teachings of the Church yet expect to receive its benefits unabated.

One cannot spread discord, detraction, and calumny and call yourself a loyal son or daughter.

One cannot allow the sin of another, real or perceived, to be cause and justification for one’s own sin.

We can only reap the crop we sow.

We will have the measure used on us that we used on others.

This is why Catholicism is hard. The focus of judging actions always starts with the manner in which they either judge or give license to their own sin. It is in this that we understand the necessity we have for God’s mercy and necessity we have to be agents of God’s mercy: neither ignoring or enabling sin, but always calling to holiness.

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Why Be A Chauvinist? 

Why Be A Chauvinist? 

Chauvinist?



The first time I came across the phrase ‘male chauvinist pig’, I had no idea what it meant. I was reading a romance novel my sister had passed on to me. Being only ten years old at the time, I had simply taken mental note of the new terms and continued reading. 
But as I grew older, the phrase began taking better perspective in my brain. Male chauvinists are everywhere around us. Men who seek every opportunity to belittle women in whatever way(s) they can, fall under this categorisation. 
I’m guessing you have male friends who sit around and talk about ladies as though they were ‘devils’ sent from the pit of hell, all day and everyday? Maybe you’re one yourself? Perhaps you can’t help but ‘cat call’ whenever you see a beautiful lady, thinking her place in society is restricted to ‘za kitchen and za oza room?’ 
Oh! Maybe you’re a groper; one who thinks it’s okay to simply touch ladies’ body parts at the slightest chance (even in public places), without realising they’re human beings with feelings? Perhaps you’re not a very physical man. You only have thought patterns that make you believe that women can’t be better than men in any possible way? Voilà! You’re a male chauvinist…ehen! 
I was raised by a mum, whose love nearly messed me up (positively of course). If she were still around, I would be a much better man today, no doubt.
I grew up in the midst of sisters who taught me to love and respect women. No kidding! Women have ‘love’ hot wired into their DNA. This is why many children that miss the opportunity to be raised in its mother’s arms, turns out WRONG! 
According to ‘theAsianParent.com, “Brain images had revealed that a mother’s love physically affects the volume of her child’s hippocampus – by almost 10 per cent…” Do you have any idea what that means?
News Medical Online says, “the hippocampus is a small organ located within the brain’s medial temporal lobe and forms an important part of the limbic system, the region that regulates emotions… [it] is associated mainly with memory, in particular long-term memory.” 
So the fact that we have male chauvinists could be a clear sign that many kids grew up without a mother’s love. How else can we explain the emotions of men who think women can never achieve anything meaningful in society? 
If you’re a man, getting ready to marry, and you still think that a wife is meant to be your slave – one who would say ‘yes sir’ to your every whim and caprice, you’re WRONG! And your hippocampus is dysfunctional. Get some true love, so that, that part of your brain might receive some new inspiration. 
For those already married, do allow your wives be themselves. Trust them enough to give them some breathing space. And don’t be neck deep in extra marital affairs as to forget that the marriage covenant is between “a man and a woman”, and not “a man and two women”, or “a man and some women.” Infidelity is thus the chief expression of male chauvinism. 
In a final twist, perhaps what’s more pathetic than all the scenarios painted above is the fact that women have proven many times to be more chauvinist than men. We have mothers teaching their female children that it’s a man’s world, hence they can’t be whatever they want to be. There are women who are ever ready to be side chicks and mistresses. Some women have helped men look down on and disrespect their fellow women… The list is endless. 
Thus, women must as a matter of necessity learn to think better of themselves and act accordingly. They must be willing to be trail blazers and icons of emulation in various fields of human endeavour. They must therefore SHOW us how they want to be treated. 
Nonetheless, if we want a better society, we must learn to treat our women better, be they trail blazers or not. They have what it takes to heal our world and make it a better place. So why be or remain a chauvinist?
© Oselumhense Anetor, 2018.

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