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Archbishop Alaba Job outlines virtues of good Christian

The Emeritus Archbishop of Ibadan Archdiocese, Archbishop Felix Alaba Job, has identified sincerity of heart filled with faith and endurance to do God’s will as necessary virtues of a good Christians to ensure eternal life in heaven, reports ITRealms.

This remark was made while recently facilitating the Annual Retreat to kick-start work by all the staff of the Catholic Secretariat ofNigeria (CSN) and other agencies of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN).

The two-day programme attended by all the workers of the agencies of the Bishops Conference from across the country, the Archbishop emeritus said retreat is a period of deep and sincere concentration and honest examination of what one has been, what one is at present and what one will want to be later, stressing that the Catholic Retreat is not the type of retreat politicians in the country started having of recent.

He premised his topic of the first lecture of the retreat reflecting on how the staff spent the past year, 2017 in the service of the Church and in relationship with their neighbours; asserting that when Christians come together like this for a retreat, “we should become an oasis of hearts.”
Christians, he said, have come not only on their own but as a body, hence should be oasis in the desert, the desert of the noise of the world that does not grow anything.

“A desert of hearts are people who have hearts and are ready to rub minds and hearts, listening to the music of angels and allowing themselves to be served by Christ and his Mother Mary. When you listen to the music of angels and you dance to the music, surely, Jesus and his mother will provide you with more, much more than you can request” he said.

Archbishop Job urged the workers to reflect and reexamine their consciences on how they have spent the past year in their various offices; and how they have discharged entrusted duties, as well as how they have related with their co-workers, the people they serve and their neighbours.

The retreat facilitator noted that great use of life is to spend it for really worthwhile pursuits on something that will outclass adding that this will propel how the New Year will be spent. His words: “doing the will of God makes us live forever. We are equal creatures of God, sanctified by the Blessed Trinity but with different responsibilities.”

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