One of the most influential and enduring hymns, a constant repertoire of choral models, and published in a wide variety of Christian fellowship hymnals is the song, “It’s Well With My Soul” This particular song was written by Spafford after series of seemingly, unending biblical Job-like events in his life. Spafford was a successful lawyer […]

Suffering: A Two Edged Sword

FEBRUARY 5TH, 2017 (IN REFLECTIONS) BY MSGR. ANSELM

Restoring Family Storytelling At Home

NOVEMBER 6TH, 2014  (IN REFLECTIONS) BY MSGR. ANSELM

The other day, I was in a restaurant for dinner and I saw a family of six come in to eat. While they were waiting for their orders to be filled, the two older kids were busy on the phone, texting; the two younger kids were playing games on their phones; dad and mum tried […]

Living Life Out Loud

OCTOBER 2ND, 2014 (IN REFLECTIONS) BY MSGR. ANSELM

I was just thinking about the beautiful fireworks I saw this past July 4th independence Day celebration. As the shots went off, I saw the fireworks rising, shinning and finally blasting into the air scattering its beautiful colors. For a few seconds, it looked awesomely beautiful and then suddenly it faded out with no imprints […]

Adversity And Life's Journey

AUGUST 8TH, 2014 (IN REFLECTIONS) BY MSGR. ANSELM

I have great admiration of what Sir Edmund Hillary had to say after he made several unsuccessful attempts at climbing Mount Everest before he finally did so. After one of those failed attempts, he stood at the base of the mountain and shook his fist at it, and shouted: “I will defeat you yet, because […]

The Power Of The Blessed Eucharist

APRIL 16TH, 2014 (IN CATHOLIC SERMONS) BY MSGR. ANSELM

My dear friends, today is Holy Thursday, the day Christ gave us the greatest gift ever—His Body and Blood left permanently on earth for us in the Blessed Eucharist and I was just wondering how seriously we consider what is going on when we receive Holy Communion. John 6:56 says: “Whoever eats my flesh and […]

How Faith Works

APRIL 15TH, 2014 (IN REFLECTIONS ) BY MSGR. ANSELM

In Matt 15:28 we read: “Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” It is amazing how many people got what they wanted from Jesus because they hung in with Jesus no matter what obstacle stood on the way. In order to get the attention of Jesus, Bartimeus had […]

Destined For Heaven By Reconciliation

MARCH 11TH, 2014 (IN THE WORD AND MY LIFE) BY MSGR. ANSELM

2 Corinthians 5:20 says: “We implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.” The greatest gift of God to humanity is that we are not destined for hell; No, we are destined for heaven by reconciliation. In the first place, no sin is greater than the Blood of Christ and there is no sin […]

Who Do You Say That I Am

FEBRUARY 25TH, 2014 (IN REFLECTIONS) BY MSGR. ANSELM

I was just reflecting on the question Jesus asked His disciples: “Who do people say that I am… and who do you say that I am” (Matt 16:13-18) and it dawned on me that the fulfillment of God’s creative purpose in our lives is dependent upon a direct channel of grace between God and us. […]

You Are God's First Son

FEBRUARY 17TH, 2014 (IN REFLECTIONS) BY MSGR. ANSELM

Waooh! Look at this scriptural passage “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:16). Hmmmmm! That is really cool. The reason is that it raises the questions as to what we think about ourselves,

Cherish What You Have

FEBRUARY 12TH, 2014 (IN REFLECTIONS) BY MSGR. ANSELM

In one of my readings this morning, I came across a verse from Rev 3:11 which says: “Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown.” As I began to reflect on this verse, it occurred to me that many a time, in life, it is easy to lose […]

The Power  Of The Mind

FEBRUARY 9TH, 2014 (IN REFLECTIONS) BY MSGR. ANSELM

I was just thinking about Romans 12:2 which says: “Be ye transformed by the renewal of your minds.” It seems to me that God’s tactics in changing our destiny is by changing the way we think—the trans­formation of the mind.

The Power Of His Blood In My Life

FEBRUARY 5TH, 2014 (IN REFLECTIONS) BY MSGR. ANSELM

Have you ever thought of what you are receiving when you come to communion? Do you know that, for those who come with the power of faith and proper disposition, receiving the Blood of Jesus Christ is to receive the most powerful force both in heaven and on earth; a force that can accomplish everything […]

Determine To Succeed

JANUARY 16TH, 2014 (IN REFLECTIONS) BY MSGR. ANSELM

I was just reading some passages from my own book “Beating the Odds” and came across this passage.  “In your efforts to achieve, succeed and maximize your opportunities, you need to strive beyond the easiest goals and reach beyond the merely obvious. The question is:  What did you do yesterday? What have you done today? […]

Christmas:The Power Of A Promise Keeping God

DECEMBER 22ND, 2011 (IN THE WORD AND MY LIFE) BY MSGR. ANSELM

The promise of the birth of the messiah came at a time when the people of God were under the threat of annihilation. The kings of Syria and Israel had conspired and joined forces to make the land of Judah desolate. In response to this threat, God declared that this aggression will not stand and […]

As we continue our journey through lent, the words we heard on Ash Wednesday, “Dust you are and unto dust you shall return” needs to continue to challenge us in the different ways in which our lives must be transformed into what God intended for us at the very beginning of our lives: “Before I […]

Why Women Veil Their Head in Church

MARCH 13TH, 2010 (IN CATHOLIC TRADITIONS) BY MSGR. ANSELM

Ashes, Lent And Christian Living

MARCH 16TH, 2011 (IN CATHOLIC SERMONS) BY MSGR. ANSELM

The question of women veiling their heads in church may not be as critical an issue for the Nigerian Church as it is for the Western world. For the most part, this practice is well accepted among our people and that is truly noble. It is important though that we understand and appreciate the reason behind this tradition so that we can understand more fully why we do what we do, deepen our commitment to its continuity, and hopefully bring this understanding and the richness of this practice to those who may be struggling with it. […]

Releasing The Limits On Your Marriage

MARCH 13TH, 2010 (IN FAMILY LIFE) BY MSGR. ANSELM

As I was about to do this write-up, my mind flashed back to a friend of mine who way back in 2004 had bought a car. He was so happy with it that he literally had it washed twice a week and sometimes three times. After a few months he moved to the southern part of New Jersey but we kept in touch. In March of 2006, we scheduled to meet for dinner and he was to pick me up. I was shocked when he pulled into my drive way. His car had three ugly dents and looked like it had not been washed for months. The inside of the car was more dismal in appearance.

 In my shock, I questioned him as to why his car was in such a bad shape. His answer was, “Mennnnn, No time!” I followed up with another question: “When was the last time you serviced this car?” He answered: “Nnaa men, it is long over due.” What a pity; what used to be this guys pride is now just a junk car that gets him from one place to the next.[…]

Dealing With Hard Times

MARCH 13TH, 2010 (IN THE WORD AND MY LIFE) BY MSGR. ANSELM

“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant; later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it." (Hebrews 12:5-11)

Life, as we all know, is like a roller-Coaster; full of ups and downs. It comes with a combo of joy and sorrow; two inseparable values to the effect that when one sits alone with you, the other is actually asleep upon your bed. That is to say, life is like a bed of roses; it is colorful and beautiful but it is also full of thorns. It is just that our need for comfort usually resents the thorns that adore the bed of roses. […]

The Sign Of The Cross

DECEMBER 21ST, 2009 (IN CATHOLIC TRADITIONS) BY MSGR. ANSELM

The Sign of the Cross is absolutely ancient, rooted not only in the Old Testament but also in the New. In Ezekiel chapter 9, we read, “And the Lord said to him: Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem: and mark upon the foreheads of the men that sign” (Ezekiel 9:4).  The book of Apocalypse speaks of those who have the sign of God in their foreheads. […]

One Family Prayer

DECEMBER 21ST, 2009 (IN FAMILY LIFE) BY MSGR. ANSELM

There is an old adage that says: “A family that prays together stays together!” Isn’t that so true! Isn’t it true that something is best taken care of when it is under the care of the one who made it? When your car, for example, is maintained by the manufacturers, its performance is likely to be optimal. So it is with families and family prayer. God created the family and intended it to function well. But like any other unit of performance, use and age is likely to bring ware and tear and in order to avoid breakdowns or even total loss of the unit, we 

have to keep up with its maintenance. The family needs to be serviced and maintained and the best mechanic for the job as far as the family goes is “PRAYER”. […]

Discipline And Child Rearing

DECEMBER 21ST, 2009 (IN FAMILY LIFE) BY MSGR. ANSELM

One of the most demanding jobs facing any parent is the task of raising a child and helping that child learn good behaviors that will sustain his or her character development into adulthood. Yet, parents get into this job with no formal training and in our present cosmopolitan world with families dispersed all over the place, mentors (parents, grand parents, uncle, aunts, etc) that were available to young parents in the past are now a scarce commodity. A lot of parents therefore just imitate what they experienced growing up, while some others just make it up as they go.  […]

Looking Up When You Feel Knocked Down

DECEMBER 21ST, 2009 (IN THE WORD AND MY LIFE) BY MSGR. ANSELM

"But at daybreak on the first day of the week they took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb; but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were puzzling over this, behold, two men in dazzling garments appeared to them. They were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground. They said to them, “Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised. Remember what he said to you while he was still in Galilee; that the Son of Man 

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14). The prophesy of Isaiah regarding the birth of Christ came at time when the Arameans and the rest of Israel threatened to attack the land of Judah and make it desolate. The king of Judah, Ahaz was so disturbed and did not know what to do. The Lord sent Isaiah to reassure Ahaz that the threat of these enemies of God’s people “will not stand. It shall not be.” (vs. 7) and requested that Ahaz ask for a sign that this promise shall be so. But Ahaz refused. For him, to relate to God at that level was to tempt God since the relationship between God and man was that of fear and trembling, not that of friendship and love. […]

2010 Christmas Message

DECEMBER 10TH, 2010 (IN CATHOLIC SERMONS) BY MSGR. ANSELM

must be handed over to sinners and be crucified, and rise on the third day.” And they remembered his words. Then they returned from the tomb and announced all these things to the eleven and to all the others”. (Luke 24:1-9) […]

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