Monthly Blessings

Monthly Blessing - Fr Peter Audu

Some nights could be interesting and others could be scary, but they are all supposed to give rest and refreshments. To have a scary night is one of human’s most terrible experience. 

 
Think of the darkness, the loneliness and the quietness. Think of the story tales of evil spirits moving and flying around. Think of the fear that grips the frail mind at the sound of some suspicious movements of people of the underworld. After all this, then imagine the anxiety and enormous joy that comes with the sound of the first crow of the cork that announces the dawn of light and a new day. That is exactly how the favours of God dispels sorrow from human life. 
 
With the power of the Priestly anointing in me I lift up my hand and plead with God to bless you today and all through the month as it was from ancient times. 
 
May God bless you and keep you in his peace. May God let his face shine upon you. May your days be ordered by the faithfulness of his decrees. May your hands be blessed for a fruitful labour. May your feet be firmly rooted on the blessed promises of his holy throne. May your heart be unshaken in believing God for all your needs. May the lofty prophecies of his kingdom soak into your bones like oil. May his guadian Angels stand around you like an army set in battle array. And may your old age be full of peace, full of health, full of strength, and full of cheer. 
 
You are blessed in Jesus name. Amen 

Lenten Talk on Fasting

Chaplain - Fr Peter Audu

What is Lent? 

  • Much talk about it, even Children want to observe it
  • Season comes once a year when our minds and thoughts are directed towards God
  • At the beginning: go for ashes; what day is that?
  • A time we acknowledge the wrong things we do and offer them up
  • Time to return to God
  • What are some of the wrong things one can do or we do?

How do we observe it? 

  • During Lent we do penance: spiritual activities to help us build relationship with God
  • Various ways of penance: Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving

What is fasting?

  • Fasting is opportunity to give up something: what are you giving up? What is it?
  • Resolutions by people (media fast – replace dps, FB, Skype, putting up messages as “off FB for lent”; other resolutions are to give up chocolate, games, toys, racing cars, going to McDonalds, watching TVs at hours.
  • What do you do when you give up those things?
  • Replace it with something spiritual that will make you grow in spirit
  • Replace with what will help us develop and grow, to help our family, our school community and our friends

What fasting is not?

  • You give up those things and yet continue with our attitude towards others

Why do we fast? 

  • God ask us to fast
  • Appreciate our weakness
  • Appreciate the condition of others
  • Give time to God: master our evil ways
  • The point of fasting is to help us think of our sinfulness: how we have offended God, mum and dad, our teachers, our friends and lead us to apologise
  • Return to God

What to do when we fast?

  • We return to God. How? Through constant prayer
  • Rend your heart not your garment: make confession; apologise to people and change
  • Do good to others always: help less privileged people

Requirement

  • Contrition: to change your mind, think about God and be truly sorry (Joel 2:13)
  • Confession: admit one’s wrong doing, forsake them and make confession
  • Conduct: some never see anything wrong with their actions:

Psalm 91

Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”