…Tasks Fathers on Responsible Parenthood
By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba
The parish vicar of St Patrick's Parish, Agulu, Rev. Fr. Henry Uchechukwu Oduenyi, has cautioned leaders over the rate at which they take honour to themselves, and called for the need for leaders to submit to the authority of God, who make leaders.
Rev. Fr. Oduenyi stated this in his homily when he led in a concelebrated Holy Mass for the inauguration of the new executive of Catholic Men's Organisation (C.M.O), Awka Diocese at the C.M.O Confernce Hall, C.M.O Shopping Plaza, Regina Caeli Road, Awka, Anambra State on Oct 27, 2018.
He charged leaders to, in whatever leadership position they found themselves in, detach themselves from their human authority, but instead submit to the authority of God, who called them into various leadership positions.
Pointing out that leaders need to rely on the grace and authority of God so as to excel, Fr. Oduenyi charged the new C.M.O executive to at all times pray and resign to the will of God. This was even as he exhorted them against giving in to false prophets who preach the cross-less Christ, saying that Christians were called to believe in the cross of Christ which was the source of their salvation.
He charged the new executive to try and be transparent, saying transparency, adequate coordination and constant prayer life were necessary for their successful leadership.
The Catholic priest, who reflected on the theme: Live According to Your Calling, tasked the Catholic men and all to make good use of their God-given gifts for their own good and that of others, and by so doing, justify their vocations in life.
Rev. Fr. Oduenyi, who is also the assistant manager of Rosa Mystica High School, Agulu (formerly Girls' High School, Agulu) equally tasked fathers on responsible parenthood. He warned them against abusing their children, saying that parents that abuse their children, who are their flesh and blood negatively affect them with such filthy words.
The priest enjoined the fathers to be light in their families, constantly receive the sacraments of penance and Holy Eucharist for their optimum spirituality, pray and eat together with their family; interact with their children as well as groom them very well.
He equally chided men who maltreat their wives, especially the pregnant ones, to desist from such act of irresponsibility.