of the NEC meeting was; ‘Islamization and Fulanization of Nigeria; The Role of
lengthy and intensive deliberations on the theme of the meeting and the state
of our Nation, Nigeria, the Council resolved on the way forward as follows:
all Christians, in particular, and Nigerians in general, must pursue peace and
unity in all their words actions to enhance peaceful co-existence in the
2. On the
agitation for the establishment of settlements by the government for ‘a tribe’
in all the states of the federation, Council strong advices the Federal
Government to resist the temptation to yield to the demands by any particular
tribe, religion or trade that threatens the corporate existence of Nigeria.
constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) provides
that Nigeria is a secular state. In line with the above provision, Council
appeals to the three tiers of Government and all major stakeholders not to
accord supremacy to any particular Religion over others as this may further
compromise the already threatened unity of the Nation.
Council views with great concern the worrisome state of insecurity across the
federation and the ineptitude on the part of the law enforcement agencies of
Government to take appropriate action to arrest, investigate and prosecute
perpetrators of the heinous crimes. Council therefore urges all concerned
stakeholders in the Criminal justice sector to rise and live up to their
once again, congratulates President Muhammadu Buhari, Commander-in-Chief
of the Nigerian Armed Forces on his 2nd term. The position of Council however,
is that in the coming appointment and composition of the Federal Executive
Council, the President should sincerely consider the Federal Character, the
diverse ethno-cultural and Religious composition of the Federation in other to
balance all interest and sensitivity of the all federating units of the Nation.
Finally, Council advices Christians in Nigeria to unite and speak with one
voice; promote holiness and righteous; strive to deepen the faith of members in
God; be vigilant and security conscious in self defense to protect life and
property of members and the Church; and at all times promote the call to spread
the good news of Jesus Christ, in season and out of season, to the ends of the
Fr. George EHUSANI Lux Terra Leadership Foundation
At a time
when people imagine that I should be very proud of, and be fulfilled in my
priestly ministry; when everywhere I turn people run over to meet me, and tell
me that they watch my programs regularly on TV; at a time when I have become
some sort of petty celebrity; it is at this time that I find myself becoming
discouraged, disillusioned, distressed and feeling like giving it all up,
abandoning this whole enterprise, and going to some monastery – away from all
these distractions, and rather investing in my inner growth and the
much-desired communion with God, through contemplative prayer and the practice
is that I have been going through some crisis on account of which I have been
asking myself whether all my teaching, preaching, writing and social advocacy
engagements amount to anything at all in the Nigerian setting. I observe that
the Nigerian society is not changing for the better, and people are not being
radically transformed in our Churches. Though we claim to be very religious,
though our Churches are crowded and we host noisy worship sessions, though some
of us can quote passages of the Scripture effortlessly from Genesis to
Revelations, and though we host numerous night vigils and deliverance sessions,
Nigerian Christians are not being transformed in any significant way, and
consequently we are not equipped to transform our society for God.
spiritual formation of most of us Christians has often left large areas of our
lives more or less untouched and unredeemed. Like the iceberg which has only
about 10% of its dimensions above the waters, and the remaining 90% underneath
the surface, there are layers and layers of the life of the average Nigerian
Christian that seems unreached by the Gospel of Christ. Like other Nigerians
out there, who have never encountered Jesus Christ, and who have never
benefited from the grace of baptism and confirmation, or the sustaining power
of the Sacraments, Nigerian Christians live with anger and bitterness, fear and
anxiety, wickedness and hatred, resentment and un-forgiveness, self-indulgence
and addiction to the pleasures of the flesh, selfishness and greed, vanity and
vain-glory, and we are stuck in fetishism, occultism, and primitive
says in Matthew 7:20 that “By their fruits, you shall know them.” But
Christianity as a mass movement in Nigeria is not working. Popular Christianity
in Nigeria which features mega Churches and a huge gathering of thousands of
people, is not working. That religion characterized by the noise-making
enterprise which we call prayer; the one that features regular deliverance
services, multiple healing miracle crusades, so-called “powerful men of God,”
dashing celebrity preachers, swaggering motivational speakers, flamboyant Gucci
pastors, designer suit evangelists, jerry coil prophets, private jet owning overseers,
fashionable Church choirs and trendy Gospel singers, etc.,
religion is not working!
Let us be
honest with ourselves: Nigerians are not being transformed for Christ in any
significant way. We Nigerian Christians cannot show that we are better than our
forebears who never heard about Jesus Christ. With all our feverish activism
and massive Churches everywhere, we cannot demonstrate that we are better than
people of other religions in godliness and holiness, in love and unity, in
mercy and forgiveness, in gentleness and patience, in civic discipline and
social morality, and in the practice of justice and the promotion of peace. Our
marriage and family lives are often not better than the marriage and family
lives of others in our environment who have never heard about Jesus Christ.
There is nothing to show that the rate of marital infidelity and general
promiscuity among Christians is any less than what obtains in the secular
society. The young people in our Churches often do not behave better than other
young people in their towns and villages or in their schools and colleges.
profess Christianity and are sometimes ready to go to war in “defense” of our
religion, we have often remained greedy, avaricious, corrupt, undisciplined,
fraudulent, adulterous, fetish, superstitious, exploitative and oppressive of
the poor in our midst.
majority of us Church-goers do not demonstrate any serious commitment to the
Kingdom values and the eternal salvation that Jesus came to inaugurate with his
life, death, and resurrection. Not at all. Nigerians seem to have settled for a
brand of Christianity that the Apostles Peter and Paul will not recognize. We
seem to be stuck with the material world and are pursuing all that promotes our
physical existence with consummate passion. We seem to devote all our energies
to the pursuit of this-worldly ultimate goals, and as such transcendental goals
and values have little consideration in the daily choices we make in our
private and public lives.
that in the eyes of many who attend liturgical services at Lux Terra
Chaplaincy, and in the eyes of some others who watch our programmes on
television, I am often no more than an entertainer whom they watch every
Sunday, as a number of my so-called fans are often not prepared to open
themselves up to the transforming influence of the Gospel of Christ which I
attempt to preach. True, we are not making any significant progress by way of
individual or group transformation in Christ. All we seem to be doing is simply
moving chairs around in a Titanic. We must come to recognise that Christianity
as a mass movement has failed to make any significant impact in Nigeria and
times I started becoming discouraged and distressed about this embarrassing
reality and asking myself serious questions bordering on the purpose and
meaning of my own numerous activities in the face of this sobering reality. And
this is one reason why I went away on a 21-day retreat. And in the course of
the retreat, I sought the face of God, trying to discern his will in my
confusion. I came back from the retreat determined not to spend the rest of my
active life simply oiling the wheel or servicing structures that may not
deliver any goods. Yes, I came back determined not to spend the rest of my life
along the path of such shallow, hollow and mediocre religiosity.
back convinced perhaps more than ever before that the Gospel of Christ is the
most potent force for individual and social transformation. I have taken a
close look at the Acts of Apostles, and seen once again how the early
Christians gave loud, courageous and radical witness to the life of Jesus
Christ, and I am convinced that (even in the Nigerian environment of today)
with the power of the Holy Spirit poured out to the Church on Pentecost day, we
can submit ourselves wholeheartedly to the Lord, and He will set us on the path
of authentic Christian discipleship. We must start thinking of doing a few
things differently. It was Albert Einstein who said that you cannot solve a
problem with the same level of consciousness that created the problem. And in
education, I learned that if one has been teaching a class for a long time and
they keep failing, it is either that all the students are idiots, or the
teacher needs to re-examine his methodology. So we need to stop for a moment
and ask ourselves what this whole enterprise of going to Church in Nigeria is
part, I want to begin to do something different. I want to commit my life anew
to the Lord and to the mission of the Gospel and request those who want to
journey with me to re-commit themselves and their families anew to the Lord.
Yes, as Amos 3:3 says, “Do two people travel together on a journey without
first agreeing?” I would like to set in motion soon some modalities and
processes aimed at achieving this “agreement” among those who worship with me,
to travel together along the path of a more authentic Christian life. I would
like to explore the building of new Christian communities in the form of the
household Churches of the New Testament times. This means that large numbers
are not of primary importance in this new approach. Perhaps we could end up
with no more than 20 or 30 families at the Lux Terra Chaplaincy. And that would
be okay. I urge those who are interested in this enterprise to start reading
something about “Christian Covenant Communities.” Perhaps a discussion on this
concept will be the starting point…
do or die politics and the get-rich-quick mentality among the youth have forced
many into diabolic means to realize their inordinate ambitions. One of such
evil means is ritual killings, either to get money or achieve success in
by this ugly development, a religious leader and a traditional ruler, have at
different fora raised the alarm against the fiendish trend.
at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri recently, the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri,
Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna noted that apart from Diala/Osu/Ohu segregation,
another evil in Igboland and other parts of Nigeria is ritual killing.
some go into rituals, using human beings, human blood, seeking power from a
helpless human being, from helpless goats and dogs for money and power,” he
Describing such rituals as wasted sacrifices, the prelate said he heard that
such rituals are performed in private, public and even in official places by
people who seek power and money”. He said that such diabolic acts are holding
the scripture, Archbishop Obinna asked: “What will one gain by winning the
whole world and forfeit his soul”?
attributed poverty and misery in the land to lack of wisdom, saying, that is
why we have failed despite God’s richly blessing on this land.
He said Nigerians have a lot of intelligence but lack wisdom. “Intelligence is
only a raw instrument that can be used for evil or for goodness.
we use our intelligence more for evil than goodness. It’s only when intelligence
transmutes to wisdom that goodness, justice, uprightness, honesty etc, will
manifest and transform our society.
related development, the Benin Monarch, Oba Ewuare II has also expressed
concern over the growing cases of money rituals among the youths. He warned
that the behaviour which is receiving wide patronage by yahoo yahooboys, was
abominable and alien to Benin customs and tradition.
a service in Benin, the Monarch advised youths to shun money rituals, noting
that there was no easy way for wealth accumulation.
He said, “youths cling to the illusion that they
can become wealthy by killing people or stealing female underwears for ritual
purposes. They will no doubt face the consequences.”
Ewuare also warned politicians to desist from violence and other acts capable
of truncating the electoral process. He also cautioned the youths not to allow
themselves to be used as political thugs to cause mayhem during elections.
Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, has called on Christians
to rise up and Christianise Nigeria instead of complaining that Muslims want to
Islamise the nation.
Onaiyekanmade the call in his homily at a Mass to celebrate the Sacrament of
Confirmation at Our Lady of Perpertual Help Parish, Gwarinpa II on Sunday in
nobody deceive you, I don’t think there is anybody who has plan to Islamise
Nigeria, but even if they do, they have every right to do so.
every right to do so provided they also know that I have the right to
Christianise the whole of Nigeria.
answer is not in complaining and crying; stand up like a man and Christianise
Nigeria,’’ the cardinal said.
that Christians had the mandate to preach Jesus Christ to everyone without
being distracted with material things.
Cardinal urged Christians to defend their faith by preaching the gospel in
words and deeds without compromising the message of the Cross.
that the disciples of Christ preached the crucified Christ, accepted
persecution and that many even died for their faith.
complain that Christianity is being persecuted; they are saying that some
people want to Islamise the nation. Just know that nobody can’t Islamise you
unless you agree to be Islamised.
long as you are not ready to stand up and carry the Cross, you are on the verge
of losing your faith; if you don’t want to lose your promotion for Christ sake,
you are also not worthy to be a Christian.
who presents another programme different from the programme of Jesus Christ on
the Cross will lose, you will drop; you will just drop like an overripe apple.”
to him, Christians cannot achieve the feat by compromising their faith, it can
only be achieved by carrying their cross and following Christ.
don’t Christianise the nation by standing up and looking for prosperity or
Christianise a nation, if you are ready to stand up for the truth, preach the
gospel, carry the Cross and follow the Lord Jesus.’’
from the Gospel of Mathew Chapter 10 verses 37 to 42, he said that anyone who
loved his or her mother, father, children, husband more than Christ is not
worthy of His kingdom.
Onaiyekan, however, said that the message of Cross is that of salvation, which
was gradually being reduced to the message of prosperity, adding that it was
natural to face suffering in the world.
can be defined as making amends for damage done to another. To make reparation,
according to the common meaning of the word, is to compensate for a wrong, an
injustice, or suffering caused to someone, whether through one’s own fault or
through the fault of another; or even through the fault of no one at all.
a theological concept closely connected with those of atonement and
satisfaction, and thus belonging to some of the deepest mysteries of the
Christian Faith. It is the teaching of that Faith that man is a creature who
has fallen from an original state of justice in which he was created, and that
through the Incarnation, Passion and Death of the Son of God, he has been
redeemed and restored again in a certain degree to the original condition.
Although God might have condoned men’s offences gratuitously if He had chosen
to do so, yet in His Providence He did not do this; He judged it better to
demand satisfaction for the injuries which man had done Him. It is better for
man’s education that wrong doing on his part should entail the necessity of
making satisfaction. This satisfaction was made adequately to Godby the
sufferings, Passion and Death of Jesus Christ, made Man for us. By voluntary
submission to His Passion and Death on the Cross, Jesus Christ atoned for our disobedience and sin. He thus made
reparation to the offended majesty of God
for the outrages which the Creator so constantly suffers at the hands of
His creatures. We are restored to grace through the merits of Christ’s Death,
and that grace enables us to add our prayers, labours, and trials to those of
Our Lord “and fill up those things that are wanting of the sufferings of
Christ” (Col. 1:24). We can thus make some sort of reparation to the justice of
God for our own offences against Him, and by virtue of the Communion of the
Saints, the oneness and solidarity of the mystical Body of Christ, we can also
make satisfaction and reparation for the sins of others.
Why Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary?
the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a major theme in the message of Our Lady of
Fatima. Why reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary? What have we done
against Her? How do our sins have any connection with Mary?
made to the Immaculate Heart of Mary because of her participation in the
mystery of redemption. She participated in the act of buying the world back for
God because she is the mother of the Redeemer; she prepared the Redeemer for
His mission, and she united herself spiritually with the Redeemer in His act of
expiation. Consequently whatever affected her son affected her. All that Christ
suffered Mary felt in her heart. Starting from the day of His birth, when He
felt the chill of the cave on his tender skin, until the day that the same skin
was stretched out on the cross, Mary endured with her son the cost of
redemption. Mary shared in her son’s dolorous passion. The words of the famous
Lenten Hymn TheStabat Mater (At the
Cross Her Station Keeping) sung during the Stations of the Cross are a poignant
reminder of our Lady’s share in her son’s passion.
At the Cross Her Station Keeping(Stabat
At the Cross her station keeping
Stood the mournful Mother weeping
Close to Jesus to the last/
Through her Heart, his sorrow sharing,
All his bitter anguish bearing,
Now at length the sword has passed/
Oh how sad and sore distress’d
Was that Mother highly blest
Of the sole-begotten One/.
Christ above in torment hangs:
She beneath beholds the pangs
Of her dying glorious Son/.
Is there one who would not weep,
Whelm’d in miseries so deep
Christ’s dear Mother to behold?
mortal or venial, hampers the effects of the redemptive merits of Christ. In
other words, it frustrates the divine plan of redemption in so far as those
acts of sin are concerned. And just as the Heart of Jesus is injured by such
offenses of man, so, too, is the heart of Mary.
suffering from every offence against God, of whatever kind (wilful murder, abortion,
sexual immorality of all kinds, homosexuality, lesbianism, cultism, devil
worship, oppression of the poor and other forms of grave social injustice),
Mary is the object of certain offences: committed directly against herself.
Among the horrendous offences committed against her are: blasphemy against her
Immaculate Conception (some deny that she was conceived without original sin
and say that there is nothing special about her), blasphemy against her
virginity and refusal to acknowledge her divine maternity. Other sins against
the Immaculate Heart of Mary include instilling into the hearts of children
indifference, scorn and even hatred against Mary, and profaning her revered
How to Make Reparation for Sins Committed Against the Immaculate Heart
We can make
reparation for sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary by doing the
following things, among others, with the intention of making reparation to the
Offer Holy Mass in reparation for sins committed against the
Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Daily recitation of the Rosary for the intention of making
reparation tothe Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Saying the Prayers (Acts) of reparation to the Immaculate Heart
of Mary contained in Catholic prayer books, especially those on devotion
to the Immaculate Heart of Mary such as the one by the writer of this
article titled “Devotion to the
Immaculate Heart of Mary – Practices and Prayers”.
Performing acts of penance and mortification; that is, denying ourselves
of some lawful pleasures.
Fasting and abstinence, especially on Wednesdays and Saturdays
(some do so on bread and water).
Practicing the Five First Saturdays Devotion of reparation to the
Immaculate Heart of Mary. This consists of going to Confession, receiving
Holy Communion (in a state of grace), praying the five decades of the
Rosary and keeping Our Lady company for 15 minutes meditating on the
mysteries of the Rosary, all with the intention of making reparation to
the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the First Saturdays of five consecutive
months. The confession can be made either on the First Saturday itself or
within 8 days before or after the First Saturday provided that one is in a
state of grace at the moment of receiving Holy Communion on the First
Faithful fulfilment of our daily duties as required by our state
Imitating the Blessed Virgin Mary by practicing her virtues which
include humility, purity, obedience (submission to God’s will in all
things), charity and prayerfulness.
Placing a picture or statue of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in a
special place of honour in our homes or community and consecrating
ourselves and our families/community to her Immaculate Heart.
In the Second
Apparition to the three shepherd children of Fatima (Lucia, Francisco and
Jacinta), the Mother of God herself told Lucia:
Jesus wishes to make use of you to make me
known and loved. He wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate
Heart. To those who embrace it, I promise salvation. And these souls will be
beloved by God like flowers placed by me to adorn His throne.
Venerable Sr. Lucia, let us practise and promote devotion to the Immaculate
Heart of Mary through Acts of Reparation and Consecration to the Immaculate
Prof. Michael Ogunu is the President of the Executive Board of the
World Apostolate of Fatima in Africa & Coordinator of the Fatima Apostolate
Catholic Men Organization, Lagos Archdiocese, invites all to the 2019 CMO Week
and Annual Convention with the theme: “LET’S CONTINUE WITH CHRIST: -The Way,
The Truth and The Life” (John 21:3-7).
will commence in all parishes on Sunday July 21, 2019 and continue at the
Convention Centre, St. Gregory’s College, S/West, Ikoyi, Lagoson Friday July 26
to Sunday July 28.
shall feature spiritual and entrepreneurial talks with a campfire event for
social interaction. The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, His Grace, Most Rev. Dr.
Alfred Adewale Martins DD, will induct new members and also give awards to
deserving individuals during the Convention. Come and let’s seek the face
of God together.