Let Desire for God Occupy your Thoughts, Bishop Okpaleke Tells the Aged

By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba

The Bishop of the Holy Catholic Church, Most Rev Peter Okpaleke, has called on the aged to spend the remaining part of their years on earth with their desire for good relationship with God.

Bishop Okpaleke, who stated this in his homily of a concelebrated Holy Mass for the Installation of Trans-Octogenarians (those that attained 80 years and above), at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Uga, Aguata L.G.A, Anambra State on June 16, 2019, noted that God blessed His people with old age and salvation, as stated in Psalm 91: 16, for special services.

Citing the case of St Pope John Paul II, who spent his old age in happiness, faith, prayers and good works, the bishop charged the trans-octogenarians to put their old age into good use for the good of their families and society.

The Catholic prelate said to the aged, ‘Let your good relationship with God be of greatest concern to you. Spend time praying to God for the good of your families and society. Desist from evil deeds, because it kills. Give good advice to the young ones, and with good heart, bless them. Teach your grandchildren catechesis, words of God and other good teachings that will add to their growth and wisdom. Do not plant seeds of discord and bad will into your grandchildren and other youths close to you’.

Bishop Okpaleke, who cited the case of a grandfather, who placed a curse on his grandson just because the boy plucked the orange in their compound, and the grandson died in an accident at Lokoja, warned the aged against placing curse on the children, no matter what they did.

He enjoined the young ones to do justice to their great responsibility of being close to the aged and taking good care of them, saying that the aged grandparents needed more care from their children and grandchildren, other than just giving them money.

The bishop urged the youths to at all times, listen to their grandparents and other elders they were close to, and not to get bored over their stories, saying that the words of the elders were words of wisdom.

Bishop Peter Okpaleke (right), receives the aged at the altar for blessings. Behind the bishop is the parish priest of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Uga, Rev Fr Anthony Anike.

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