Wits Corner

Happy or Unhappy Christmas

By Rev Fr Pat Amobi Chukwuma Can someone be happy and unhappy at the same time? The other day I came across a middle-aged man wearing a double coloured T-shirt. The front is white on which was boldly inscribed Happiness. The back side is black and on it was conspicuously written Unhappiness. In other words, the person wearing the white ...

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The Beginning and the End

By Rev Fr Pat Amobi Chukwuma A forth night ago, I came across a wretched man walking along a lonely road. He looked tired and dejected. He was breathing like someone at the point of death. The spirit of charity took hold of me. I packed my car and rushed towards him to see if I could render him any ...

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Harvesting from the Dead

By Rev Fr Pat Amobi Chukwuma Few days ago, I was behind the wheel, rushing to an important function at Awka. I to Nibo junction and wanted to cross over when the green traffic light showed. Suddenly, a private business venture bus blocked the cross-road intentionally. Then, an ambulance conveying the corpse of an opulent man came forward and was ...

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Where am I

By Rv Fr Pat. Amobi Chukwuma In my class two in the secondary school, I had a nearly fatal accident at home. On that fateful day, I climbed a giant pear tree standing at the centre of my father’s compound. I knew when I started climbing. At a point, my hands slipped off from the tree branch I clasped on. ...

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The Symbolic Rainfall and Cockcrow

By Fr Pat. Amobi Chukwuma There is time for everything under this planet called Earth. In Nigeria we have two important seasons: Rainy Season and Dry Season. The former commences from the month of March and lasts till the end of October. In normal parlance, the dry season begins from the month of November and terminates towards the end of ...

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Catch them young

By Rev Fr Pat Amobi Chukwuma Recently, I was behind the wheel on my way to bless a house foundation as requested by one of my flocks. As I came across a nursery-primary school, I saw two pupils between the ages of 5 and 6 fighting behind the school block. It was during recreation time. The teachers were inside while ...

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Take Up Your Cross

By Fr Pat Amobi Chukwuma A newly converted middle-aged man came into a church with overdose zealousness. The minister ascended the pulpit and read a passage from the Bible where Jesus Christ said, “If you wish to be a follower of mine, denounce yourself, take up your cross daily and follow one” (Luke 9:23). The new convert did not wait ...

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Speak Out

By Fr Pat Amobi Chukwuma As an intermediate student at Aguata High School Aguata, I became loquacious in my class in those good old days. My classmates nicknamed me ST (Senior Talkative). It happened that our class prefect was one day impeached for negligence of duty. Election for a new class prefect was conducted to replace him. I and one ...

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Honourable or Horrible

By Fr Pat. Amobi Chukwuma A certain member of the House of Representative came back to his constituency to campaign for third tenure. His constituency which he has represented for eight years has nothing to write home about. They lack basic infrastructure like pipe-borne water and electricity. Their roads are similar to those leading to hell-fire. They are also backward ...

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Woe to you Betrayers!

By Fr Pat Amobi Chukwuma The world seems to have turned upside down. Who did it? Animals and trees are innocent. Human beings created in the image and likeness of God are entirely responsible. My Igbo people say it clearly, “Mmadu ka a na-aya.”Since Esau killed his brother Abel, the world has not been the same again. When God asked ...

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