ABUJA – A Roman Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr Aloysius Udo, has urged Christians, especially youths, to shun desperation for wealth and other forms of materialism that can affect their relationship with God.
Udo made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja . He spoke on the sideline of the presentation and launch of his book titled “The Valuable Hands’’ authored to mark the 30th anniversary of his priesthood.
The clergyman charged Christians to imbibe the virtues of discipline, self-control and perseverance in the service of God.
“Christians often play down on discipline and hard work as some even think some of us are old school; but I tell you that God still rewards such virtues.
“Discipline, hard work and dedication should be your focus as Christians and make sure you shun materialism and desperation for wealth.
“Some youths do not want to suffer to achieve something; they want the easy way and that is not the attitude you should carry to serving God.’’
Udo said the greatest challenge he encountered was the lack of support from his parishioners whenever he had any inspiring project.
He, however, said that all the challenges had strengthened him to be able to pull through in the last 30 years.
“I am toughened in what I am doing to the glory of God, to the salvation of my soul and those I am serving. In all, the special grace of God has kept me.’’
The book reviewer, Rev. Fr Patrick Alumuku, the Director of Social Communications in the Archdiocese of Abuja, commended the creativity of the author.
Alumuku described the book as a collection of personal essays, articles and usable blocks of wisdom from the world of arts, humanities, science and technology.
“This book is a compact memento meant to add value as well as edify the little worth of many a reader.’’
Some of his parishioners at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Airport Road, Lugbe, described him as a priest endowed with the gift of wisdom.
According to James Eshiokpekeh, Udo is a priest with wisdom, both morally and spiritually.
“If you have a problem, he will give you the right word to address the situation.
“I can testify that whenever I follow Fr’s advice, I will also have course to give glory to God for that situation.’’
Another parishioner, Nkem Okafor, described Udo as a priest of courage, tenacity and wisdom and prayed God to grant him more fruitful years in His vineyard.
NAN reports that Udo was ordained a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Abuja on July 7, I984. (NAN)