Home News Embrace love and unity, Lagos Archbishop charges christians

Embrace love and unity, Lagos Archbishop charges christians


IKORODU (Lagos State) – The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Adewale Martins, has urged Christian faithful to embrace love and unity in order to build a stronger Christian community in the country.
Martins gave the charge on Saturday at Ikorodu, Lagos state, when he visited the catholic Deanery in the community.
He said that his visit was to encourage and support the spiritual growth of Catholics in the deanery.
He told the people that where there was unity, there was love and all things were bound to be well, adding that they should allow love to be among them.
“Where there is love, there is unity; where there is unity, there is progress; where there is progress, there is love of God, and there is a road that is leading to eternal happiness.
“This community should be like that first Christian community which was recognised by the love they had for one another.
“That is what should distinguish a Christian community. So, let this community be a further demonstration of the Christian community in the Acts of the Apostles.’’ Martins said.
The archbishop lamented that many Christians paid excessive emphasis on their physical development at the expense of spiritual growth.
“Where people know Christ, love Him and live Him, physical development will naturally follow, because people would already have found what they need to motivate them in carrying out physical development,’’ he said.
He, therefore, urged Catholics to take advantage of spiritual activities in the archdiocese and commended the faithful in the deanery for embarking on various expansion projects.
Welcoming the archbishop earlier, the Dean of Ikorodu Deanery Very Rev. Augustine Medaiyedu, observed that there was a disconnection between facts and value, principles and practice among the public, especially in Christian life.
“Our society is increasingly witnessing great moral evils, discrepancies and decadence.
“Many Catholics have shelved their sacramental and conventional duties and prefer to remain in permanent spiritual infancy.
“They have refused to grow by praying and witnessing,’’ he stated.
He appealed for the establishment of Catholic schools and other educational facilities in the deanery, disclosing that Catholic schools in Ijebu-Ode were populated by children from Ikorodu are of the archdiocese.
In his speech, Rev. Fr. Damian Alozie, the Parish Priest, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Odogunyan, in Ikorodu, expressed appreciation for the archbishop’s visit and assured him of the deanery’s resolve to pursue spiritual growth.
“The people of Ikorodu have been renewed through your presence, prayers and words of encouragement.
“Our parish is growing and we are working hard and that is why we don’t want to rest with the little achievement we have made.
“We know that there is a lot to do because a lot of people are coming into Ikorodu,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ikorodu deanery comprise six parishes, twenty-six outstations and has 17 priests. (NAN)

Previous articleProspective voters in Lagos commend INEC for hitch-free registration exercise
Next articleFans applaud Super Eagles’ outing against Congo

Leave a Reply