OCTOBER DEVOTION – DAY 11 – THE HOLY ROSARY – FOR GRATITUDE
IN GRATITUDE TO BRETHREN
By Agwụ Kenneth Ọgọnna
The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies [God] – Psalm 50:23
Showing gratitude has so many proven benefits – physical, mental, and emotional – that everyone should make it part of their daily life.
According to an article in the Harvard Mental Health Letter, “Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.”
The Sacred Scriptures too encourage us to cultivate a spirit of gratitude. St Paul, who set a fine example himself wrote, “Show yourselves thankful.” He, for instance, “Thanked God unceasingly for the positive response of others towards the message he shared with them,” (cf. Col 3:15; 1 Thess. 2:13).
Lasting happiness comes not from merely saying thank you occasionally but from having a grateful disposition. That, in turn, protects us from feelings of entitlement, envy, and resentment, which would alienate people from us and rob us of joy in life.
Ultimately, God himself has set a fine example in showing appreciation – even to mere humans! Hebrews 6:10 states: “God is not unrighteous so as to forget your work and the love you showed for his name.” Yes, our Creator considers it unrighteous, or unjust, to show a lack of gratitude.
Following that Supreme example, I wish to express my profoundest gratitude to all people of goodwill who felicitated with me in the course of my 37th birthday on Thursday, October 10, 2019. It was a barrage of goodness as an unworthy me was inundated by messages of love in thanksgiving to God.
For posterity’s sake, I wish to here recall those soul-lifting messages of goodwill which are so dear and so precious to my heart most of which came as consequence of my post, “IN RESPONSE TO A PLEA” at 1:11 a. m. on WhatsApp. In what follows, I will attempt a sequential chronology.
- “No one takes this honour on himself; it needs a call from God, as in Aaron’s case. And so, it was not Christ who gave himself the glory of becoming high priest, but the one who said to him: You are my son, today, I have fathered you, and in another context: You are a priest forever, of order of Melchizedek,” (Heb. 5:4-6). Sacred scripture is very clear about the gift of the priesthood of Christ to us!
The vocations that are meant to elongate our lives on earth and hereafter are seriously under attack – Marriage and Priesthood. The Holy Rosary is a special weapon that has been employed over the centuries to form and protect priests. Therefore, let us pray the Holy Rosary for the protection and sustainability of the ministerial priesthood in the Catholic Church.
I present to us as a point of contact for all priests of God, THE REVEREND FATHER KENNETH OGONNA AGWU who celebrates his gift of life as he celebrates his birthday today.
REVEREND FATHER KENNETH OGONNA AGWU is a priest of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja, Nigeria. An excellent scribe, great chronicler and journalist of great repute.
He is a man of God that is endowed with numerous qualities such as love of Jesus Christ (He is a special friend of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament), humility/simplicity, great reverence for the Blessed Mother of God, a fearless preacher, an accurate historian, openness to learning, availability and accessibility to people of all walks of life, intelligence, voracious reading, prolific writing, generosity in giving and accepting, high sense of respect for things of the sacred, a lover of books and an empathic personality.
To be honest, the list is very long but for the sake of prayers for him, please, do with what has been presented. Pray the Rosary today for all priests to keep sustaining their AMBASSADORIAL CAPACITY as they represent Jesus Christ on earth. May Our Lady of the Holy Rosary continue to bless REVEREND FATHER KENNETH OGONNA AGWU through her maternal offices: Virgin, Mother and Queen. Amen!
REVEREND FATHER KENNETH OGONNA AGWU CONGRATULATIONS ON THE OCCASION OF YOUR BIRTHDAY AND GIFT OF THE PRIESTHOOD. WE ARE PROUD OF YOU!
- Rev. Fr. John Mary Atep in Atep’s Blog, 12:59 p. m.
- We pray with friends again today as he marks his birthday, may the Lord continue to sustain him as he labours in His vineyard. May our Mother of Perpetual Help continue to be with us all – John Egbeji in Atep’s Blog, 1:38 p. m
- Happy birthday Fr Kenneth. May God continue to bless you and all priests working in His Vineyard, Amen – Mrs Otu Paulyn in Atep’s Blog, 1:38 p. m.