MY DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

WAKE UP! AND PRAY At the early hours of today I woke up to some sounds on my roof. It was persistent and it took the sleep away from my eyes; no feeling of giddiness that should easily force me back to sleep. “Okay,” I thought, “I should as well say my Divine Mercy prayer” …

What Happened To Love? What Happened To Humanity?

I am troubled. My heart is very troubled. Today, someone sent me a whatsapp video claiming it to be one of the incidents of the Kaduna crisis. It was a video of some elderly men and women brutally lynched, burnt alive. They were quite old and helpless and some young men, old enough to be …

LIFE IS A GIFT FOR OTHERS

A couple of religious articles I read this week jolted me back to the true essence of my Christian and religious life; that it is not a life of self-absorption whereby one is consumed by saying the right things and being seen as good, but should be a life of self-giving which is sacrificing your …

WHO IS GOD

KNOWING MY GOD As a child my mum used to take my brother and I to church and I remember always looking around at a crowd of people go to receive communion but not be allowed to join them and wondered why: ‘why did I have to remain on my seat while many others approached …

YOUTHFUL AND USEFUL IN THE SOCIETY

Youth is the prime of life. It is a stage in life when human beings are strongest, most agile and exuberant in manifesting his desires and abilities. This period runs through the ages of 18 to 30 years. A world without the youths would simply look like a village of senior citizens minding their wards …

WIDOWHOOD IN NIGERIA

Losing a loved one most times engenders mental and emotional distraught on the relatives, friends and acquaintances of the deceased in varying degrees of their relationship with the deceased. On the bereaved wife, it is a vacuum created by the loss of a companion, a lover, a friend and a partner (in the marital union …

WHY PRAY

The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (fifth edition) defined prayer as ‘a solemn request or expression of thanks to God or to an object of worship.’ The footnote of the Christian Community Bible (Catholic Pastoral Edition – p.155 of the New Testament) says that: To pray is to take the time to listen, to meditate in …

TRUE FREEDOM AND HAPPINESS

The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (fifth edition) defined freedom as ‘a state of not being a prisoner or a slave’. And this is what God has given to men – Freedom. He gave us freedom to reason, desire, speak, make choices and decisions, and to be independent or subservient (depending on some cases); these among …

THE LOVE OF MONEY – DEGENERATING A SOCIETY

Their bloodshot eyes dared any opposition as without compunction, they unleashed unimaginable pains on both suspecting and unsuspecting citizens, in the privacy of their homes or in the public, because these miscreants find themselves in a society where the worship of money make injustices flourish. Such is our society - Nigeria – today. In as …

SUFFERING, DEATH AND FEAR – MY PERCEPTION

Sufferings and death are dreadful experiences which people do not wish for, yet we cannot go to heaven except by them (Mat. 10:38, Mk. 8:34). Many misfortunes befall humankind and these cause us to question the reasons for them. For instance, the Tsunami disaster in December 2004, Indonesia earthquake in March 2005, and the most …

SOMEONE ELSE WILL

The desire to help someone in need is in the heart of many good people, but only very few act upon it in the face of need. It is not uncommon therefore to hear such statements as ‘God will help him or her someday. Let’s just keep praying for him or her.’ But when you …

WHY MARY?

Dear readers, I decided on this occasion of harvest, to cull from my diary, this article of the Holy Virgin Mary that I wrote down during my meditations at a time I was praying my rosary chaplet on the 15th of September 2002. They are questions non-Catholics usually ask. And they are answers that I …

LIFE IN THE LORD

It hurts me deeply when famous people [TV personalities we’ve come to love] commit suicide. This is because we live thinking that these beautiful people, who dedicate their lives to making us happy through the media and living what we only dream of, are also happy and living a ‘perfect’ life. But how sad that …

HONOUR AND SERVICE // POWER AND THEFT/CORRUPTION

For some countries, power is a matter of honour and service: what your responsibilities are as a leader who enjoy the people's trust, loyalty and regard. But for Nigeria, power is simply what it is - POWER. Power to embezzle, to ride above everyone under you, and to relegate every issue to a play of …

BUILDERS AND THIEVES – HEROES AND POWERS // Volume 2: DETERIORATION

When I was younger I hear my elderly everywhere I went complain hopelessly about our country. As a young girl with hope [but little knowledge and was inexperienced] I encouraged them not to despair but to pray and continue to fight for and believe in a better Nigeria. They simply shrug after much argument with …

BUILDER AND THIEVES – HEROES AND POWERS // Volume 1

WALTER FOLORUNSHO OYATOGUN My country, my love; how sad the conflicts within you keep you stagnant and regressive. Daily I watch myself grow with the hope of you growing along; though faster than me so I can catch up, but slower you are and pulling me down with you. But my fierce spirit would not …