The Catholic Bishop of Lafia Diocese, Most Rev. David Ajang has urged parents to set good examples by promoting positive parenting behaviours within the family to ensure peace and unity in the society.
The chief shepherd gave the charge on Sunday at the Holy Mass, making the celebration Mother’s day held at St William’s Cathedral, Lafia, Nasarawa State on 26th March, 2023.
According to him, parents especially mothers must inculcate the right attitude in their children to enable them become useful in the society.
” Parents especially our mothers have a lot following the growing number of social vices in our society today.
“Although many women are professionals in their chosen careers and have been working hard to take care of the needs of their families but there is need to adjust because those families are beginning to suffer.
“We need to prepare our young girls for marriage because marriage exposes people who lack good parenting. Some of our mothers no longer teach their girls how to cook and take care of the home. They get busy with their career and forget to teach the children the right values,” he said.
The Bishop, therefore called on parents to rise up to their duties by imparting positively on their children for the growth and development of the society.
Bishop Ajang who congratulated mothers on this year’s celebration of their day, also commended them for supporting their husbands in providing for the family and urged them to do more.
He also called on Christians to bring their problems to God, saying that only God can provide for their needs as well as turn their sufferings into joy if only they trust in him.
Reflecting on the story of Lazarus in the Bible, the bishop said Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead due to the faith of his sisters Mary and Martha who believed that Jesus was the resurrection and life.
He, therefore called on Christians to put their trust in God saying that ” God allows certain things to happen so He will teach us certain lessons and He might delay certain things but He will grant to us at the right time.”
In an interview with Catholic Voice, President, Catholic Women Organization ( CWO), St William’s Cathedral, Mrs. Hope Usman, called on women to wake up to their responsibilities by training their children in the way of the Lord for a better family and society at large.
” We are known to be help-mates to our husbands so we must continue to take responsibilities and train our children in the right direction.
“We have made a lot of sacrifices due to the things we do for our families and so we shouldn’t relent but do more for the betterment of the society,” she said.
Away from the Cathedral, parishes across the Diocese celebrated Mothers in very unique ways and styles; various activities, extolling their priceless values and unqualified support to the church, hence the name ” Pillars of the Church.