Fathers have been enjoined to emulate Abraham and build a strong pillar of faith in Christ Jesus the son of God.
Fr. Val Nzewunwa of Christ the King Catholic Church, Oru Ahiara gave the injunction in a sermon marking the 2014 Fathers’ Day in the parish officiated by the Priest-in-charge, Mgsr. Theo Nwalo.
He charged fathers to trust in God always to overcome life threaten challenges and jettison acts that could fan ember of disunity and ignite disaffection.
The clergy reminded men that they are one with their wives in matrimony and urged them to work hand in glove to bring up their children in the fear of God. He harped on entrenchment of good family and moral values, lamenting increasing moral decadence and social vices.
The cleric condemned prevalent wave of violence, insurgence, terrorism, bombings, killings, kidnappings, rape, discardment of unwanted babies, baby factories and sale of same for money rituals.
He warned against child abandonement, neglect and abdication of parental duties to housemaids and caregivers, calling for attitudinal change, monitoring activities of children both in school and at home to nip on the bud bad peer group influence, drug abuse, pornography, homosexuality, cultism, and other evil practices.
In his speech, the Catholic Men Organization (CMO) Parish Chairman, Nze Sylvester Agomuo reminded fathers that they are the stronghold of families and admonished them against shying away from responsibilities.
He emphasized on child discipline from the cradle and warned that sparing the rod would only spoil the child.
The Fathers Day Organizing Committee Chairman, Bar. Joe Njoku underscored that all levels of leadership begin with the family of which the father is the head and enjoined fathers to be mindful of their conducts as they may be the only bible someone else has the time to read.
Highpoints of the day were worship, songs and praises in addition to specials blessings showered by Mgsr. Nwalo on the 13 CMO Groups with their families, friends and well wishers led by their baskets of blessing bearers among whom a driver plying Mbaise – Aba route, Mr. Emeka Madu, a.k.a “Aba North” of Group 8 who renamed himselves “Church” fellowing pronouncement of his mother, Mrs. Angelina Madu (Ezinne Chasis) of her concerted efforts to awaken his zeal to church activities.