Most Rev Dr Ignatius Kaigama, Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, last Sunday called on Nigerians to use the Valentine’s Day celebration to show true love to others, reports Alexander Johnson Adejoh.
The cleric stated this in his Homily delivered at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral, Abuja.
According to Bishop Kaigama, ‘True love should be reflected in daily human interactions and relationships, marriage, and society, because love is the greatest and without love we are nothing,’
The Catholic cleric said until humanity showed true love to others, all they said would be ineffective, their belief insufficient, their gift insignificant and all accomplishments inadequate.
He urged Nigerians to be solid in the defence of human life and the promotion of good home training of children in the family and the Church at large.
‘Be advocates of the culture of life and promoters of the dignity of the human person at a time when family life is threatened by marital crises and modern ideologies that are inimical to life. You must endeavour to reconcile families in trouble and formulate programmes that will instill the good upbringing of children.’
The Bishop argued that as the world celebrated Valentine’s Day, it should be about true love in daily human interactions and relationships, in marriage and in society, adding that St. Paul stated that love was the greatest and without love we were nothing.
‘Our world needs bringers of good news: the healing of wounded hearts, peace, joy and progress, and not the news of kidnapping, terrorism, banditry and other man-made miseries we inflict on one another because of large-scale deficiency of morality and very corrupt practices.
‘We must admit that modern man is sick and as St. Augustine says, we need a doctor and that Doctor is Jesus. In the same manner, we pray for those whose marriages have been infected by leprosy such that they don’t enjoy the love that is patient, kind, gentle and forgiving. May God grant His healing, peace and joy to them and indeed to all families.
‘Our world is trying very hard to distance God from human affairs and to distance human hearts and souls from God so that modern man can live comfortably with all kinds of freedoms without God,’ he said.