…86 Year-Old Widow, 300 other Vulnerable Persons, Benefit from Bishop Ezeokafor’s Easter Largesse
Over 300 persons, including an 86-year-old widow, a native of Umunneoke Village, Awka, Mrs Francisca Okoye, on Saturday, 3rd April 2021, benefited from the Easter largesse of the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, His Lordship Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, reports Abuchi Onwumelu.
The octogenarian and other vulnerable persons from different religious backgrounds received gift items, including bags of rice, loaves of bread, clothing materials, shoes, umbrella, cartons of noodles, tubers of yam, cocoyam, coconuts, and other consumables and monetary gifts.
Delivering the items to the beneficiaries at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Awka, the state capital, Bishop Ezeokafor told them to accept their condition in good faith, knowing that God was always with them.
He explained that there was need to show compassion to the beneficiaries, who, he said, were selected among the poorest of the poor in society.
He said, ‘There are many people in society who are really suffering and poor. These people cannot afford one square meal, let alone three-square meals per day. As living beings, they need sustenance.
‘When we render these services, religious denomination is of no consequence. What matters is living a good life because it will be too pathetic to be poor and needy on earth and still lose eternal life,’ he said.
Bishop Ezeokafor described Easter as the greatest celebration in Christendom because it was a season to reflect over the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
‘We are giving back to society out of what we received from public spirited individuals. We want the less privileged to feel the pulse of the season. We want them to enjoy the Easter celebration like others.
‘This is our annual ritual and we shall continue as long as we keep receiving from others. We do it every first Thursday of the month. But this one is specially organised every Easter Season. Last year, we did same at Christmas due to the impact of Coronavirus.
‘Easter is a season of love. It is when we remember how our Lord Jesus Christ came to the world, suffered, died for our sake and resurrected. We should reflect over our own lives and ensure that after our suffering on earth, we shall enjoy eternity. So, I charge all to work for our salvation,’ he said.
Expressing reservations over the attitude of certain persons who had turned to begging as a profession, the prelate regretted that such persons, even when provided with jobs, would still abandon the job and return to begging.
‘If you go by what you see or encounter, no one will want to give to charity because people pretend a lot to be suffering from one ailment or the other, just to beg for alms,’ he stated.
The Catholic prelate however admonished those capable of fending for themselves to venture into things that were worthwhile and morally justifiable rather than begging in any form of disguise.
He also called on good spirited individuals to come to the aid of the poor and downtrodden in society, stressing that the less privileged needed the help of those who had amassed wealth to be able to improve their living conditions.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs Bridget Nwachukwu prayed God to continue to keep and sustain the bishop whom she described as a gift to humanity.
Mrs Nwachukwu, who hails from Abia State, thanked the prelate for the gifts and assured that they would live their lives for Christ.