By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba
The chancellor of Awka Catholic Diocese, Rev. Fr. Francis Chidume has decried what he described as the lack of youth presence in St Patrick's Parish, Ugwu-Awgbu, Orumba North L.G.A, Anambra State.
Rev Fr. Chidume, who stated this during the bishop's pastoral visit to the parish on Easter Wednesday, April 24, 2019, called for necessary plans of action that would bring the youths back to the Church and to God, saying that the youths were of great importance in every society.
He noted that the youths were the hope of the Church and the society, and any society without the youths was dead. Fr. Chidume urged the youths to give up unhealthy lifestyles, and come back to the Church so as to enjoy the blessings God destined for those who served Him.
The chancellor, who based his reflections on the readings of the Easter Wednesday, described the resurrection of Jesus Christ as the foundation and cornerstone of the faith of Christians.
Drawing from the story of the lame, who got his healing in the name of Jesus Christ through the instrumentality of Peter, Fr. Chidume identified humility as an important virtue for anybody that desired gifts and blessings from God.
He chided all against leading others astray in any form, but with good thoughts, good works and examples, encounter Jesus Christ, who the apostles encountered in the preaching of the word, and preach Him to others.