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BEYOND THE TESTS AND TRIALS OF THE MOMENT. HOMILY FOR THE 25TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) Rev. Fr. Boniface N. Anusiem Ph.D.

One of the most intriguing stories ever told about an extreme experience of tests and trials is about a rich and upright man who lost his ten children, servants, houses, livestock, and all his investments in one day. In addition…

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CHRIST WITHOUT THE CROSS IS A CARICATURE. HOMILY FOR THE 24TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) Rev. Fr. Boniface Nkem Anusiem Ph.D..

Death by firing squad is a popular way of dispensing capital punishment to criminals in some countries in the world. In Indonesia, the penalty for a drug crime is by firing squad. According to the Emirate law capital punishment is…

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“BE OPEN”: GOING THE EPHPHATHA WAY! HOMILY FOR THE 23RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Year B) Rev. Fr. Boniface N. Anusiem Ph.D.

  Once upon a time, I was at the entrance of a Church exchanging greetings with people after the mass when an older woman walks up to me looking apologetic. While holding my hand in the manner of salutation, she…

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FROM OBSERVANCE TO PRACTICE: EXPLORING THE BENEFITS OF OBEDIENCE TO THE COMMANDMENTS Homily for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) Rev. Fr. Boniface N. Anusiem Ph.D

Once upon a time, I boarded an Uber from an airport to a conference. I was surprised to see that the driver was not on her seat belt. I felt very uneasy because I could not think of driving without…

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THE POWER OF CHOICE! Homily for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B). Rev. Fr. Boniface Nkem Anusiem Ph.D.

Once upon a time, a man was waiting to board a flight with his son when the little boy saw another child with a bar of chocolate and wanted his father to buy one for him. They had few minutes…

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COME AND EAT! RESPONDING TO WISDOM’S INVITATION HOMILY FOR THE 20TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B). Rev. Fr. Boniface Nkem Anusiem Ph.D

In my native community in West Africa (Nigeria), the phrase “come and eat” is a special invitation that goes beyond the immediate participation in a meal. It shows care, goodwill, charity, friendship, and communion. Anyone who eats alone would be…

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DIVINE RESCUE FROM ETERNAL POVERTY, SICKNESS, AND DEATH HOMILY FOR THE 13TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) Rev. Fr. Boniface Nkem Anusiem Ph.D.

  Poverty, sickness, and death are three terrible afflictions besieging the human society. In fact, it appears that our daily struggles often aim at reducing the impact of these deplorable conditions. However, they remain with us still. Poverty is a…

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THE HOUR DIVINE HEALING HOMILY FOR THE 5TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) Rev. Fr. Boniface Nkem Anusiem Ph.D.

Once upon a time, an elderly woman gets an invitation to visit her daughter who lives in a neighboring town to spend some time with her family. The woman could not wait as she gets herself ready for the trip….

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“KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE BALL” HOMILY FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (YEAR B). Rev. Fr. Boniface Nkem Anusiem Ph.D.

In every ball game, all good coaches have one common instruction for the team members, “keep your eye on the ball.”  The instruction does not only mean having a watchful connection with the ball, but it also means being on…

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THE HUMILITY CHALLENGE. HOMILY FOR THE 14TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A). Rev. Fr. Boniface Nkem Anusiem Ph.D.

Once upon a time, a university undergraduate gets a vacation job in an oil servicing company. He resumes at the company as the personal assistant to the Chief Executive Officer for the summer. Next day, the boss (CEO) tells the…

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