Bishop slams errant mothers By Emma Onumah and Gid Ahanonu

Women who run around other men to secure plum positions or contracts for themselves and their husbands have been advised to desist from such acts.

The Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril C, Okorocha, Ph.D, gave the admonition last Sunday while preaching a sermon at the Mothering Sunday Service at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL).

He noted that any woman that involves herself in such disgraceful acts ends up demoting rather than promoting her husband as well as hurting the Holy Spirit.

The Prelate also blasted Christian mothers who, constitute themselves into terrorists in their marital homes and likened them to the biblical Herodias, wife of Herod the Tetrarch.

He stressed on faithfulness on the part of the mothers and the need for them to feel the reality of Jesus Christ, experiencing and knowing Him as their Lord and Saviour.

The Bishop, who cited many Bible references (including Acts I8, John 20 , Mark 14 etc.), advised mothers not to let their husbands run away from them on account of what he described as verbal diarrhea in their mouths but to strive and let the beauty of Jesus Christ be seen in them. He said that this would enable them to win the confidence and trust of both their husbands and children, especially at a time their children would want to seek some counseling from them as their mothers or discuss issues of confidential nature with them.

He said it was also expedient for their children to look up to them in the area of spirituality and good family upbringing, so that at the appropriate time they would rise up and call them blessing.

The Diocesan Bishop gave thanks to God for the gifts of our wives, mothers, and daughters and prayed that henceforth, good news about godly peace, reconciliation and healing would take place in the various families to the glory of God.

The service was conducted by the Cathedral Administrator’s wife, Mrs Ngozi Chukwuocha, while the 1st and 2nd Bible readings, drawn from Proverbs 3110-31 and Matthew 1310-23, were taken by the Chairperson of the 2014 Mothering Sunday Planning Committee, Hon Dame Anagam Ononuju and Chief (Barr) Mabel Bethel-Amadi, the wife of Hon. (Barr) Bethel Amadi, member representing Mbaitoli Ikeduru Federal Constituency in the National Assembly respectively. Dame Chinwe Kalu-Ogba conducted the Mothering Sunday Women’s Special Choir.

Highlights at the service included special renditions and the cutting of the Mothering Sunday Cake performed by many dignitaries that attended the service, including the Lord Bishop who blessed it, the Lord Chancellor of the Diocese of Owerri, Hon Justice Dr Lady Chioma Nwosu- Iheme and the 2014 Mothering Sunday Special Mother, Lady Sophia Odunna.


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