Catholics hold retreat to pray for Nigeria


Some Catholic devotees of Saints Peter and Paul Tedi Church, Ojo Lagos, ended a five-day Lenten retreat on Sunday with the charge of making the challenges of the country daily prayer points.

The Priest in Charge of the Coastal Parish, Reverend Father Godfrey Udeh, gave the charge during a Mass celebrated to mark the end of the retreat which began on Tuesday.

It is a tradition for the mother church to hold retreats to prepare the faithful before Easter.

The retreat anchored daily by different resource persons, spiritually inflamed the faithful as fervent pleas were made to atone for sins and end national challenges.

The church directed its members rather than focusing on themselves, that prayers should be done for peace in society.

Mr. Udeh asked people to forgive each other, just as Jesus Christ forgave the adulteress brought before him in the Bible.

“Reconciliation must begin in the family with the man and the woman making changes in every aspect where they erred in their marriage vows.

“Reconciliation based on the family units that make up the community should then extend to all of society and permeate the fabric that holds society together with people who tolerate the weaknesses of others and complement them for the common good.

“With a national mood of reconciliation, prayers to the will of God will be answered and the afflictions of society will be stopped,” he said.

He said the best time to present the nation’s problems to God is now; calling on the faithful to make it a national obligation to render the prayer of reformation for the good of the people and society.

He regretted the recent bomb attack on the train bound for Kaduna, where casualties were recorded.

He instructed the faithful to be steadfast in prayer for God’s intervention, saying the prayers of a few have the power to liberate an entire people.

Lent is a vital time in the church calendar, marking a season of sober reflection and repentance.

It is accomplished through fasting and prayers for divine intervention in people’s lives and ends with the advent of Holy Week.


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