June 8, 2022
(Rom 8:16-18) For the Spirit himself giveth testimony to our spirit that we are the sons of God. And if sons, heirs also; heirs indeed of God and joint heirs with Christ: yet so, if we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified with him. For I reckon that the sufferings of this time are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come that shall be revealed in us.
ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI: My most beloved Jesus, I embrace all the sufferings You have destined for me until death. I beg You, by all You suffered in carrying Your cross, to help me carry mine with Your perfect peace and resignation. I love You, Jesus, my love; I repent of ever having offended You. Never let me separate myself from You again. Grant that I may love You always; and then do with me as You will.
PETER KREEFT: Making Sense out of Suffering
VATICAN NEWS: Nigeria Church attack: When suffering is overlooked
CNS: Bishops lament that Nigerians are not safe anywhere after church attack
ACN: Pentecost massacre at St. Francis Xavier Church in Owo, Nigeria
AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED (ACN) IS DEEPLY SHOCKED BY THE HORRIFIC ATTACK WHICH TOOK PLACE AT THE ST. FRANCIS XAVIER CATHOLIC CHURCH, in Owo, Ondo State, southwest Nigeria, during Pentecost Sunday celebrations, June 5th, and which caused the death of many people, including children.
The thoughts and prayers of ACN are with the victims, with the injured, their families and the entire Catholic community in Ondo. “It is Pentecost Sunday, a time every Catholic is expected to be in Church to commemorate the Solemnity. It is so sad to say that while the Holy Mass was going on, men of unknown origin, wielding guns, attacked St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church,” said Father Augustine Ikwu, director of communications for the Diocese of Ondo, in a statement sent to ACN.
“Many are feared dead, many others injured, and the Church violated,” he said.
“The identity of the perpetrators remains unknow while the situation has left the community devastated,” the priest added.
“Meanwhile, all the priests in the parish are safe and none was kidnapped, said the priest, dispelling rumors to that effect which circulated on social media. “The bishop appeals that we remain calm, be law abiding and pray for peace and normalcy to return to our community, state and country,” the statement ended.
ACN denounces this outburst of violence, yet another terrorist act in Nigeria, one more on the long list of crimes against Christians. The country in general has been rocked by episodes of terrorist violence, banditry, and kidnappings that, although affecting all ethnic and religious groups in the nation, have led to a long list of major attacks on the Christian community over the last few decades.
Just last week Aid to the Church in Need organized a press conference with Archbishop Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso, Archbishop of Kaduna, who spoke about the insecurity and the violence in Nigeria. Although the problems come from a variety of directions, Archbishop Matthew stated clearly: “The government has failed us completely; it is the absence of good government that is causing this. Bandits, Boko Haram, kidnappings, these are all symptoms of injustice, of the corruption that is in the system. Unless we can get to the root of the issue, we will be fighting a losing battle.”
The massacre took place in the southwest of Nigeria, a place that hasn’t been affected until now by the insecurity and violence which generally affect the north and the Middle Belt. While the problem may be mostly internal, the West, said the archbishop, is also to blame. “It takes two to tango. Our leaders steel our money and take it to the West, to Switzerland, Paris, London, Frankfurt. If the West didn’t accept their money, they would leave it at home. The Western governments collaborate with our leaders.”
Aid to the Church in Need calls on all political and religious leaders in the world to firmly and explicitly condemn this terrorist attack at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State, in southwest Nigeria, during Pentecost Sunday celebrations.
Thoughts and Sayings of Saint Margaret Mary: Self-effacement–Detachment28. Our Lord continues to give me many graces, unworthy though I be; that which I prize the most is conformity to His life of suffering and humiliation. He keeps me in such a state of entire submission to His good pleasure, that I am indifferent to all else
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