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POSSESSING OR BEING POSSESSED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT: WHAT HAPPENED ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST? HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF PENTECOST (YEAR C) Rev. Fr. Boniface Nkem Anusiem Ph.D.

To possess something means to have or own the thing in question, for instance, to possess a mobile phone means that you have or own one as personal property. Another sense of the usage of the word “possess” refers to…

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INTRODUCING THE NEW TEACHER AND GUIDE HOMILY FOR THE 6TH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR C) Rev. Fr. Boniface Nkem Anusiem Ph.D.

Growing up, we had seminarians from the major seminaries come to our parish during the summer holidays (long vacation) for their yearly apostolic work. We, the children in the catechism class, normally look forward to having them because they come…

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LOVE IS OUR CHRISTIAN IDENTITY HOMILY FOR THE 5TH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR C) Rev.Fr. Boniface Nkem Anusiem Ph.D.

E Some time ago while giving a reflection on the Gospel of John where Jesus said “if you love me you will keep my commandment” (John 14:15), I asked the congregation why the theme of love is constantly repeated in…

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THE RESURRECTION OF LOVE HOMILY FOR THE 3RD SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR C) Rev. Fr. Boniface Nkem Anusiem Ph.D.

How would you feel if you happen to face someone you hurt so badly in the past? Would you shield your face or face your shame? Peter falls into this situation today in the Gospel (John 21:1-19) when the Lord…

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BEYOND OUR DOUBTS: HIS MERCY IS FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION HOMILY FOR THE 2ND SUNDAY OF EASTER (DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY) Rev. Fr. Boniface Nkem Anusiem Ph.D.

One cold evening in January 1935, the famous three-time mayor of New York City, Fiorello Henry LaGuardia, offered to preside at one of the night courts to relieve a judge for the night. During the night a case comes up…

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“THE LORD NEEDS IT” THE LORD’S PASSION FOR SOULS HOMILY FOR THE PASSION SUNDAY (YEAR C) Rev. Fr. Boniface Nkem Anusiem Ph.D.

Once upon a time, a man comes to the great ancient Philosopher, Socrates and says to him, “O great Socrates, I come to you for knowledge.” The philosopher did not say a word but leads the young man down to…

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STONE THE SIN NOT THE SINNER HOMILY FOR THE 5TH SUNDAY LENT (YEAR C) Rev. Fr. Boniface Nkem Anusiem Ph.D.

Some time ago, there was a viral video showing a nanny abusing a helpless child. She would abandon the baby at a corner and would intermittently slap and shake him violently while also shouting at him. The background to the…

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EPIPHANY: THE JOURNEY TO DIVINE MANIFESTATION. HOMILY FOR EPIPHANY. Rev. Fr. Boniface Nkem Anusiem Ph.D.

God is always manifesting Himself to us in various ways. Abraham encountered God through the divine invitation that took him away from his father’s house to an unknown destination (Gen.12:1). Moses met God at the burning bush, and he also…

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THE REAL END OF EVERYTHING! HOMILY FOR THE 33RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR C) Rev. Fr. Boniface Nkem Anusiem PhD

There is an interesting story by Ernest Hemingway with the title “The End of Something.” It tells the story of a very busy lumber town called Horton’s Bay. The town is always agog with activities from morning to evening as…

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PASSIONATE FOR THE PASSION HOMILY FOR THE PALM SUNDAY Rev. Fr. Boniface Nkem Anusiem PhD

General flogging was one of those dreaded “facilities” we received during our minor seminary days. It was usually given when it is assumed that a group, class or cloister of seminarians had defaulted without exception. The initial challenge that usually…

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