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Pope's Intention for April 2014
General Intention: That migrants throughout the world may be welcomed with generosity and authentic love, especially by Christian communities.
Missionary Intention: Christ, light for all humanity. That Christ may reveal himself to all humanity with the light that shines forth from Bethlehem and is reflected in the face of his Church.

Called to be Salt and Light

In today's Sunday Gospel (Mtt 5:13-16), Jesus challenged his disciples to actively produce good works to glorify God and recreate the society. His instruction on the beatitudes (Mtt 5:1-12) - the heart of his preaching - confronted people on decisive moral choices for entry into the Kingdom. In his demand for fruits, he used the metaphor of salt and light to show how valuable a disciple is to his society. Salt was valued as commodity in the ancient world and it was traded with, as modern people would with gold and stock. It was connected with purity. Offerings presented to God were sprinkled with salt (Ez 43:24; Lev 2:13) to highlight the untarnished nature of divine covenant (cf. 2 Chr 13:5). Salt serves as antiseptic, preservative against putrefaction, and for seasoning and lending flavor to food. Salt might not measure high for nutritional value; yet without it, the Greek Philosopher Pliny says, human life cannot be sustained. Just as salt dissolves and becomes invisible, yet penetrating and changing the flavor of food, so Christ's disciples are expected to be active ingredient for the transformation of the Church and their society, and as catalysts to quicken the...

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Mothers, Agents of Change - Bishop Ezeokafor Edit..

Mon Apr 22, 2013 News   -   viewed 134 times   -   0 comments

The Catholic Bishop of Awka
Diocese, His lordship, Most Rev. Dr. Paulinus Ezeokafor has called on all
mothers in the country to use this year's Mothers day celebration as a period
of re-orientation, re-assessment and reformation of their role as true mothers.

Bishop Ezeokafor who gave the
admonition while briefing newsmen in Awka, noted that mothers should be
reminded of their critical role as agents of change and transformation. He
enjoined them to always lead by example and also to stay focused and help to
make the world a better living place.

'I urged them to work in synergy
and bring out their experience and skills for the development of our society.
No mothers, no nation. Mothers' role in the family, Church and society at large
cannot be over-emphasized. That is why we the Church leaders are calling on
them to remain who they are and understand that their role in society is
indispensable and critical,' Bishop Ezeokafor stated.  He also maintained that mothers were special
creatures and noted that without them no nation would actualize its desired

'They have a very big role to play in reforming and
moulding of our society. They are the engine room of every family; even in the
Church they have important roles to play. We will continue to support them and
also involve them in our decision making and accord them their deserved respect
and honour,' the bishop said.  The man of
God expressed satisfaction on the way mothers had been going about their activities
and prayed God to continue to bless and direct them in their future endeavours.

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