…As St. Joseph Parish Umualumaku honour Sr. Akachukwu Anyanwu
St. Joseph Catholic Church Umualumaku, Ehime Mbano LGA was agog Sunday July 11, during the reception and thanksgiving for the final religious profession of Rev. Sr. Akachukwu Anyanwu of the Missionary Daughters of Divine Presence (MDDP) Congregation.
Rev. Fr. Bede Nnadozie from Owerri Archdiocese presided over the thanksgiving Mass. He was assisted by Rev. Fr. Joseph Duru, Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Cornelius Nwoye (Curate).
In his homily, Fr. Nnadozie admonished the celebrant to look up to God who called her to serve in His vineyard. According to him, when some are called, they will give excuses and reasons why they are not available and ready to serve. He narrated that the sister took vows of obedience and poverty while some through inordinate desire for wealth commit serious crimes and mortal sins. He observed that it was not easy to decide to worship God in truth and in spirit. According to him, her religious profession was not a tea party
He criticized those Catholics who after Mass go to receive prayers from different types of prayer houses. He also cautioned those who patronize various prayer houses.
He said that people should avoid being hoodwinked by operators of commercial prayer houses. He observed that it is not easy to accept the divine call to serve. He averred that people were being deceived and hoodwinked by prayer merchants at various prayer houses. He condemned quest for fast money; warning that such quest has led many astray.
The homilist observed that those who want to worship God should be ready for serious temptation and trials.