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STOP CLAPPING!

By Fr Pat Amobi Chukwuma Clapping is the gentle beating of the two human palms together or face to face. It is not only human beings who can clap. Any animal endowed with palms can clap as well. Thus monkeys and chimpanzees are capable of clapping. However, the difference is clear. Human beings clap reasonably while animals clap instinctively or ...

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The Crooked Ones

By Fr Pat. Amobi Chukwuma Recently, some Jesuit priests were killed in cold blood in a mountain community in northern Mexico by the crooked ones. May the souls of those assassinated innocent priests rest in peace! The suspected crooked ones remain on the loose while the townspeople are frightened. Despite this bloody attack, the religious Order is not in a ...

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And the Door was Closed

I was twice a victim of door closure. In 2008, I embarked on summer holidays to Germany. By then I was working in the Lord’s vineyard at Abagana. After performing the morning Holy Sacrifice, I dressed in my clerical suit. Proudly, I admired myself in a standing mirror and exclaimed, “Fine man! Today na today! Ya kpotuwa!” One of my ...

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Implications of Everlasting

By Rev Fr Pat Amobi Chukwuma The two pairs of shoe I have been managing for the past seven years were entirely worn out. I was compelled by the inner voice in me to replace them. Unfortunately, the worst economic condition of our country Nigeria is biting hard on every Dick and Harry, including my poor self. Hence, considering the ...

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The Fake Bishops’ Episode

By Fr Pat Amobi Chukwuma The opposite of real or original is fake. Fake can never be genuine. There are many fake products in the Nigerian markets. We must shine our eyes well. Once upon a time, I went into a popular market to buy a tin of Bournvitatea because I was lacking in vitality. The one I saw was ...

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Principalities and Powers

By Rev Fr Pat Amobi Chukwuma On one sunny Sunday, I was in my spiritual shop preaching in order to get enough heavenly customers. I began with praises to edify the Almighty God whose houseboy I am. Then I read a passage from the Book of Life. All eyes were focused on me like sharp cameras. Among the congregation were ...

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The wooden Womb

By Rev Fr Pat. Amobi Chukwuma During the process of human reproduction, the sperm from a man fertilizes the egg from a woman. Instantly, God infuses the soul into it. It automatically becomes a human being. This living cell called fetus is naturally implanted in the woman’s womb. The fetus develops gradually as the days roll by. It is entirely ...

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Misplacement of Priority

By Fr. Pat Amobi How time flies! The Latin people would say, “Tempus fugit.” The Germans say, “Die Zeit fliegt.” I celebrated my fortieth birthday as a post-graduate student in Germany nineteen years ago. By coincidence I was born on April Fool Day. It is generally said that a fool at forty is a fool forever. Thank God I became ...

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Blessing in disguise

By Fr Pat Amobi Chukwuma Few days ago, it was raining heavily by evening time. Despite the bad weather and the bad terrain in the area of my apostolate, I jumped into my vehicle for an important appointment somewhere. The flood flowing along the sandy road was like a river. I managed to drive through. Unfortunately, I came across a ...

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2023: A stingy good Leader

By Rev, Pat. Amobi Chukwuma Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, was crucified between two notorious thieves as a mark of mockery by the Jews. Opportunity, they say, comes but once. Jesus Christ continued his saving ministry even at the last hour of his life while hanging on the infamous gibbet. The thief at his left hand was hardened at ...

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