DAILY CHEWING STICK: WELCOME TO AUGUST (1ST AUGUST, 2015).
I will enter this month with THANKSGIVING in my heart, I will enter this month with PRAISE; I will say this is the month that the Lord has MADE; I will REJOICE for He has made me GLAD…!
Brethren, welcome to my 2ND BEST month of the year. April (7th) is my birth month & August (2nd), my Priestly Ordination Anniversary month. I AM OPTIMISTIC THAT, YOU WILL HAVE ABUNDANT REASONS TO SAY “THANK YOU GOD” THIS MONTH, AMEN.
Listen as I remind you of this story: A very rich man once looked from his window and saw a very poor man picking things from the dustbin by his gate, he nodded his head and said: THANK GOD I AM NOT A POOR MAN! While d poor man was busy at the dustbin, a naked madman ran past him without anybody chasing him, and running to no particular direction. The poor man shook his head in pity and said: THANK GOD I AM NOT MAD. Suddenly, the madman saw a crippled man being wheeled on his chair to beg for alms. He stopped running & said: THANK GOD I HAVE MY TWO LEGS, AT LEAST I CAN RUN NAKED AROUND TOWN. Just before the cripple, was an ambulance approaching with blaring siren and heading to the mortuary. The crippled said: THANK GOD I AM STILL ALIVE. Am sure if the dead can speak, the dead person would have said: THANK GOD I AM TAKING TO THE COLD ROOM, AFTER ALL MANY DIED IN PLANE CRASH AND BOMB BLASTS, WHOSE BODIES HAVE TURNED TO ASHES.
Brethren, all of them in their various situations gave THANKS. WHAT ABOUT YOU TODAY IN THE NEW MONTH OF AUGUST? WAS THE MONTH OF JULY SO BAD THAT THERE IS NOTHING TO THANK GOD FOR?
I prophesy that August shall bring you and your families FORTUNES AND YOUR BLESSINGS SHALL NOT STOP FLOWING.
Brethren, today we celebrate ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI, a lawyer at 15 years old, a priest at 30 years old, a Moral Theologian, a Preacher, a Missionary, a Writer, a Doctor of the Church, a Saint who has this to teach us: WHOEVER PRAYS IS CERTAINLY SAVED. HE WHO DOES NOT PRAY IS CERTAINLY DAMNED. ALL THE BLESSED HAVE BEEN SAVED BY PRAYER. ALL THE DAMNED HAVE BEEN LOST BY NOT PRAYING.
Again he taught us that: HOLINESS WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE MAKES ONE USELESS. AND KNOWLEDGE WITHOUT HOLINESS MAKES ONE ARROGANT.
Good morning and Happy New Month with LOVE.
About the Author: Rev. Fr. Francis Onugha is the Parish Priest of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Lasokun, Apata, Ibadan in Nigeria. He is an avid preacher who passes God’s messages across with practical examples we see in our daily lives. He writes his Daily Chewing Stick to spread God’s word electronically to all.