A Spiritual Awakening: Embracing Forgiveness and Faith.

A Spiritual Awakening: Embracing Forgiveness and Faith.

A Spiritual Awakening: Embracing Forgiveness and Faith. Dear cherished readers, my journey continues, and I am thrilled to share another chapter with you. In my previous post, A Heartfelt Tale of Morning Mass, Birthdays, and the Beauty of Faith, I shared my resolution to attend Morning Mass three times a week.

On the 3rd of October, 2023, I found myself back at the Church for my Morning Mass ritual. This day held special significance as it marked the feast day of Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus. Typically, her feast is celebrated on the 1st of October, but in Nigeria, the country’s Independence Day takes precedence. Additionally, the 2nd of October is dedicated to the feast of the Guardian Angels. Hence, Saint Theresa’s feast was moved to the 3rd of October.

Now, you may wonder why I am writing to you about this particular day. To uncover the reason, I invite you to read Rebirth: My Journey Back Online.

Let’s delve into today’s story. I arrived at Morning Mass with a heart full of joy, not because it was Saint Theresa’s feast day or because Fr. Godfrey Ukpabio was delivering the sermon. My happiness stemmed from the profound message I was about to receive, a message that any priest can impart.

During his homily, Father Ukpabio spoke about praying against our enemies. Two crucial messages resonated deeply within me that day. Firstly, he declared, “If God were an errand boy, everyone would have died.” I had heard this message once before, from Fr. Johnbosco Amaefula. The second message followed seamlessly: we should pray for our enemies, a continuation of the first.

Father Ukpabio’s words reminded us that when we pray for our enemies to perish, we must acknowledge that we are also someone’s enemy. If God granted all such requests, humanity would cease to exist. Therefore, praying for the demise of our enemies, as some Church doctrines teach, is fundamentally flawed. Instead, we should pray for the well-being of our adversaries, as our Heavenly Father has instructed us.

That day, I left the church spiritually rejuvenated, carrying profound morals and lessons with me. October 3rd, indeed, became a day etched in my memory.

In the realm of faith and forgiveness, this day was truly transformative.

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  • Is there a ‘like button’ ? This is really lovely, Cyprian and it would be more lovely if this article gets to be published. What a captivating article!

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