By Rev. Fr. Leo Awojinrin
Archbishop Abegunrin stated this at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, Mokola, Ibadan during the 25th Anniversary of Religious Profession of Sr. Theresa ‘Funmi Olaniyan, one of the Sisters of St. Louis, Nigeria Province, which took place recently.is Grace, Most Rev. Gabriel Abegunrin, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Ibadan has warned sternly that in the Catholic Church, “we do not command God, all we need to do is to tell Him what we need and wait for Him to do what He wishes and at His own time”.
The Prelate charged all the Priests and Religious present especially the celebrant, Sr. Olaniyan to continue to teach people about God and his ways.
He told them that for them to teach, they also have to know about God first. At the close of the homily, he commended the celebrant for going through thick and thin these last 25 years.
He made it clear that he likes to identify with success and that was why he agreed to be at the Mass. “The success”, he emphasised, “is not a material one but a success of hard work and perseverance in the Religious life”.
Archbishop Abegunrin emphasised the need for a programme of joy like this at this time in our country when all we hear about is bad news about Boko Haram, Bomb blasts, kidnapping, robbery, pipeline vandalization and so on.
According to the Archbishop, “an event of this sort helps us to rejoice and be happy as well as keep our hope in God alive”.
He further encouraged all those present at the Mass to be hopeful in God as there is nothing impossible for our God to do.
Large crowd turned out to witness the celebration among who included Priests, Religious and Laity from Ibadan, Lagos, Ijebu-Ode, Ekiti, Oyo, Ondo and even Abuja.
The Mass which was presided over by Most Rev. Gabriel Abegunrin, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Ibadan and con-celebrated by Most. Rev. Albert Fasina, the Bishop of Ijebu-ode Diocese and about 30 Priests began at 10am.
Highlight of the occasion included a reception in honour of the celebrant.