Shine your eyes… Bishop Francis Adesina begs

By Fr. Anthony Adetayo

The Catholic Bishop of Ijebu-Ode Diocese, Most Rev. Francis Obafemi Adesina advices young men and women who are aspiring into the Religious life to be careful and discerning in choosing a congregation of their choice. He made this remark on Saturday 25th of September 2021 at the final Profession of some Rev. Srs. of the Passionist Congregation which took place at St. Sebastian Catholic Cathedral Ijebu-Ode.

With passionate emphasis, the Bishop said to the youths, “Shine your eyes very well. Join congregations with foundations, congregations with history and structure that are tested to support the spiritual life that you desire. Join congregations that have ability of light, that have direct impart on people’s life, congregations that will lead your soul to heaven.”

While he congratulates the finally professed sisters and the good effort of the Passionist Congregation in Nigeria, he sends a warning to those moved by the spirit either to establish or join a congregation. The Bishop said “Do not join congregations that would treat our apostolates as business ventures. Congregations are not supposed to be business ventures.

This is a very timely advice coming at a period when proliferation of Religious Congregations without charism is now fashionable.

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