Author: Benedict

A Cry For Help: Save The Life of Little Chibuike Ebere Joseph

A Cry For Help: Save The Life of Little Chibuike Ebere Joseph

Tears filled my eyes the first time I saw the video of Chibuike Ebere, I have a two year old son and I wondered how I would feel if he were my son. In his eyes I saw my little boy and I could not help but cry. I spoke with his father on the phone and what his father said to me pirced my heart like an arrow to the Immaculate Heart of the Virgin Mary.

In his father’s own words “you may not know what it is like coming home everyday with your only son crying and there is nothing you can do to help him”.

This is Master Chibuike Ebere, the only son of Bro. & Sis. Joseph Ebere. He is 5 years old but can’t sit, walk, talk or even hold his neck due to a neuro-celebral illment that has confined him to the bed.

In the five years of this challenge from 2014, the family have spent over 1 million naira in diagnoses and treatment moving from one Medical Institute to another (Benue State University Teaching Hospital to Federal Medical Center to MEMFY Hospital to University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital in Enugu State, Nigeria).

Despite these challenges, the father Bro. Joseph Ebere still held to his faith serving God through the Catholic Charistmatic Renewal of Nigeria (CCRN) in various capacities : He is currently an active member of the National Praise and Worship Ministry, treasurer, Abuja provincial praise and worship CCRN. Immediate pass Co-ordinator, Makurdi Diocesan Praise and Worship ministry CCRN. etc. His service and loyalty to the church and renewal is unquestionable.

Diagnoses from these medical institutions shows that the amount needed for further surgery and treatment is Five million Naira (approximately $14,000 USD).  The family is already in debt from the years of medical treatment which have forced the treatment to discontinue.

According to his father they cannot afford medical treatment anymore and his child is home at the moment but they hope to go back to the hospital (University Teaching Hospital Enugu) after the Easter celebration depending on availability of funds.

Friends in Christ, this have prompted our outcry to help give Master Chibueike Ebere a chance to live by contributing generously towards proper medical treatment.

Your donation will be highly appreciated. Please click the link below to donate and save a life today.

Use the green donate button below if you are in Nigeria and want to donate in local currency.

FrancisMary Obidike



Why Should We Keep The Rosary Under The Pillow?

Why Should We Keep The Rosary Under The Pillow?

Close-up of rosary on old wooden texture background

Keep a Rosary, even of the little ones, under the pillow. Since I took that habit, I solve problems more easily, and it is a good method for those who have insomnia, they will see that they wake up with the Rosary in their hands and have had a good rest!

Meaningful actions gain more strength when their origin is known.

A beautiful story ….

Why do not you know the history of the Holy Rosary?
I always asked myself: Who would have thought of repeating the Beads of Mary so many times? What’s the point? Now it is understood and each time they pray it, each Hail Mary is a precious rose for the Virgin. I am sure we all know this beautiful prayer that is the Holy Rosary.

A legend tells that a Lego Brother (who was not a priest) of the Order of the Dominicans, could not read or write, so he could not read the Psalms, as was the custom in the convents of the time.

Then, when he finished his work at night (he was the doorman, the sweeper, the gardener, etc …) he went to the convent chapel and knelt in front of the image of the Virgin Mary, and recited 150 Hail Marys ( the number of the psalms), then he retired to his cell to sleep.

In the morning, at dawn, he got up before all his brothers and went to the chapel to repeat his habit of greeting the Virgin.

Brother Superior noticed that every day, when he arrived at the chapel to celebrate morning prayers with all the monks, there was an exquisite smell of freshly cut roses and he became curious, so he asked everyone who was in charge of adorn the altar of the Virgin so beautifully, to which the answer was that none did, and the rose bushes in the garden were not missing their flowers.

The lay brother became seriously ill; the other monks noticed that the altar of the Virgin did not have the usual roses, and they deduced that it was the Brother who put the roses. But how?

Nobody had ever seen him leave the convent, nor did they know that he bought the beautiful roses.

One morning he was surprised that he had risen, but they could not find him anywhere.

At last, they met in the chapel, and each monk who entered was amazed, for the lay brother was kneeling in front of the image of the Virgin, ecstatically reciting his Hail Marys, and each one that addressed the Lady, a rose appeared in the vases

Thus at the end of his 150 greetings, he fell dead at the feet of the Virgin.

Over the years, Santo Domingo de Guzmán, (it is said that by revelation of the Blessed Virgin); He divided the 150 Hail Marys into three groups of 50, and associated them with the meditation of the Bible: The Joyful Mysteries, the Sorrowful Mysteries and the Glorious Mysteries, to which Blessed Pope John Paul II added the Luminous Mysteries.


  • When you carry your Rosary, it is a headache for Satan
  • When you use your Rosary, Satan collapses
  • When he sees you praying the Rosary, he vanishes.
  • We are going to pray the rosary every time, in order to keep Satan vanished.
  • Did you know that when you try to share this message, Satan is going to try to discourage you?
    By sharing this message, you collaborate to accelerate the triumph of the Virgin Mary!
    Share it with your friends and prayer partners and then see how the Holy Spirit works !! 🙏
Why The Catholic Church Uses Incense

Why The Catholic Church Uses Incense

Incense is a resin gotten from certain trees.  When burned over charcoal, the incense produces a sweet-smelling aroma, makes the smoke thicker. To enhance the fragrance, sometimes other perfumes are blended with the incense.

The purpose of incensing and the symbolic value of the smoke is that of purification and sanctification.

For example, in the Eastern Rites at the beginning of Mass, the altar and sanctuary area are incensed while Psalm 50, the “Miserere,” was chanted invoking the mercy of God.  The smoke symbolizes the prayers of the faithful drifting up to heaven:  The Psalmist prays, “Let my prayer come like incense before you; the lifting up of my hands, like the evening sacrifice” (Psalm 141).

It is also used as an image of worship thanksgiving, praise, and adoration offered to the Almighty in heaven as mentioned in the New Testament, Book of Revelation (8:4): “The smoke of the incense along with the prayers of the holy ones went up before God from the hand of the angel.”

Incense also creates the aura of heaven:  The Book of Revelation describes the heavenly worship as follows:  “Another angel came in holding a censer of gold.  He took his place at the altar of incense and was given large amounts of incense to deposit on the altar of gold in front of the throne, together with the prayers of all God’s holy ones.  From the angel’s hand, the smoke of the incense went up before God, and with it the prayers of God’s people” (Revelation 8:3-4).

Thus, the usage of incense adds a sense of solemnity and mystery to the Mass.  The visual imagery of the smoke and the smell remind us of the transcendence of the Mass which links heaven with earth and allows us to enter into the presence of God.

We do not know exactly when the use of incense was introduced into our Mass or other liturgical rites.  At the time of the early Church, the Jews continued to use incense in their own Temple rituals, so it would be safe to conclude that the Christians would have adapted its usage for their own rituals.

The use of incense was prescribed in the liturgies of Sts. James and Mark, which in their present form originated in the fifth century. During the seventh century, a Roman Ritual marked its usage in the procession of a Bishop to the altar and on Good Friday.

The use of incense was common in Jewish worship. it was carried over into the Christian practice of today. In Exodus, Chapter 30, the Lord instructs Moses to build an altar of incense. Christian ritual books as early as the seventh century mark the use of incense in church services on Good Friday.

Moreover, in the Mass, incense is used at the entrance of the priest, before the gospel, during the offering and so on. In the General Instruction of the Roman Missal incense may be used during the entrance procession; at the beginning of Mass, to incense the altar; at the procession and proclamation of the gospel; at the offertory, to incense the offerings,altar, priest, and people; and at the elevation of the Sacred Host and chalice of Precious Blood after the consecration.  The priest may also incense the Crucifix and the Paschal Candle.

The smoke of burning incense is seen by the church as an image of the prayers of the faithful rising to heaven. That symbolism is seen in Psalm 141:2: “Let my prayer be incense before you; my uplifted hands an evening offering.”

In the thirteenth century, incense was also used at the Benedictus during Lauds and at the Magnificat during Vespers. In the fourteenth century, it was also used for the exposition and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.  Gradually, its usage was extended to the incensing of the celebrant and assisting clergy.

The use of incense in the ancient world was common, especially to keep demons away. In Judaism, incense was included in the thanksgiving, offerings of oil, grain, fruits, and wine (cf. Numbers 7:13-17).  The Lord instructed Moses to build a golden altar for the burning of incense (cf. Exodus 30:1-10), which was placed in front of the veil to the entrance of the meeting tent where the ark of the covenant was kept.

During funeral Masses, the priest at the final commendation may incense the coffin, both as a sign of honor to the body of the deceased which became the temple of the Holy Spirit at Baptism and as a sign of the people’s prayers for the deceased rising to God.

Things you need to know about Mary’s Queenship

Things you need to know about Mary’s Queenship

How beautiful to think that He Who is generated without a mother in Heaven is now born without a father on earth! Can we imagine a little bird building the very nest in which it is to be hatched? It is clearly impossible because the bird would have to exist before it could build its own nest. But that is what happened, in a sense, with God, when He chose Mary as His Mother: He thought of Her from all eternity – He made His Mother as the very nest from which He would be born. We have often heard friends and relatives say of a child: “You look like your father,” or, “You look like your mother.” Or, “You get your blue eyes from your mother’s side,” or “You get your smartness from your father’s side.” Well, Our Lord had no earthly father’s side. Where did Our Lord get His beautiful face, His strong Body, His clean Blood, His sensitive mouth, His delicate fingers? He got them from His mother’s side. Where did He get His Divinity, His Divine Mind that knows all things even our most secret thoughts, and His Divine Power over life and death? He got these from His Heavenly Father’s side.

It is a terrible thing for men not to know their father, but it is even more terrible not to know their Heavenly Mother. And the greatest compliment that can be paid to a true Christian is: “You look after your Father’s side in grace, but in your humanity, you took after your Mother’s side.”

Thus, Mary was the Mother of God in his human nature.

Mary a virgin, fell in love at a very early age, and it was with God – one of those beautiful loves where the first love is the last love, and the last love is Eternal Love. She must have been very wise, as well as good as a young girl of fifteen or sixteen, to have made such a choice. This alone made her very different from other women, who were anxious to bear children.

Mary, also known as St. Mary the Virgin, the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Mary, Mary Mother of God or the Virgin Mary is believed by many to be the greatest of all Christian saints. The Virgin Mother “was, after her Son, exalted by divine grace above all angels and men”. Mary is venerated with a special cult, called by St. Thomas Aquinas, hyperdulia, as the holiest of all creatures. The main events of her life are celebrated as liturgical feasts of the universal Church.

When Our Lady took the vow of virginity, she made herself “unusual” to some people, for there will always be some material-minded people who cannot understand why some souls really love God. The Blessed Mother had a better chance than most women to become the Mother of God; for the Bible said that Our Lord would be born of the House of David, the great king who lived a thousand years before. And Mary belonged to that royal family. Without doubt Mary knew the prophecy of Isaias which some had forgotten, namely, that the Messias would be born of a Virgin. It is very likely, from what she said later, that she considered herself too lowly for such dignity and took the vow in the hope that, through her sacrifice and prayer, the coming of the Messias might be hastened.

Mary’s life and role in the history of salvation are revealed in the Old Testament, while the events of her life are recorded in the New Testament. Traditionally, she was declared the daughter of St. Joachim and St. Anne. Born in Jerusalem. Mary was presented in the Temple and took a vow of virginity. Living in Nazareth, Mary was visited by the archangel Gabriel, who announced to her that she would become the Mother of Jesus, by the Holy Spirit. She became betrothed to St. Joseph and went to visit her cousin, Elizabeth, who was pregnant with St. John the Baptist. Acknowledged by Elizabeth as the Mother of God, Mary intoned the Magnificent.

This special role of Mary in salvation history is clearly shown in the Gospel where she is seen constantly at her son’s side during his mission for human salvation. Because of this role, exemplified by her acceptance of Christ into her womb, her offering of him to God at the Temple, her urging him to perform his first miracle, and her standing at the foot of the Cross at Calvary, Mary was joined fully in the sacrifice by Christ of himself.

When Emperor Augustus declared a census throughout the vast Roman Empire, Mary and St. Joseph went to Bethlehem, his city of lineage, as he belonged to the House of David. There Mary gave birth to Jesus and was visited by the Three Kings.

Mary and Joseph presented Jesus in the Temple, where St. Simeon rejoiced and Mary received word of sorrows to come later. Warned to flee, St. Joseph and Mary went to Egypt to escape the wrath of King Herod. They remained in Egypt until King Herod died and then returned to Nazareth.

Nothing is known of Mary’s life during the next years except for a visit to the Temple of Jerusalem, at which time Mary and Joseph sought the young Jesus, who was in the Temple with the learned elders.

The first recorded miracle of Jesus was performed at a wedding in Cana, and Mary was instrumental in calling Christ’s attention to the need. Mary was present at the Crucifixion in Jerusalem, and there she was given into John the Apostle’s care. She was also with the disciples in the days before the Pentecost, and it is believed that she was present at the resurrection and Ascension.

No scriptural reference concerns Mary’s last years on earth. According to tradition, she went to Ephesus, where she experienced her “dormition”. Another tradition states that she remained in Jerusalem. The belief that Mary’s body was assumed into heaven is one of the oldest traditions of the Catholic Church and Pope Pius XII declared this belief Catholic dogma in 1950. The four Catholic Marian dogmas are Mother of God, Perpetual virginity of Mary, the Immaculate Conception, and Assumption of Mary. The feast of the Assumption is celebrated on August 15. The Assumption was the bodily taking up of the Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her earthly life. According to Pope Pius XII, the Virgin Mary “having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.”

In 1854, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception – that Mary, as the Mother of the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, was free of original sin at the moment of her conception. The feast of the Immaculate Conception is celebrated on December 8. The birthday of Mary is an old feast in the Church, celebrated on September 8, since the seventh century. there are other feasts that are dedicated to Mary as well.

The Blessed Virgin Mary may be taken as a patroness of any good activity, for she is often cited as the patroness of all humanity. Mary is also associated with protecting many occupations and locations.

Because in this one Woman, Virginity and Motherhood are united, it must be that God willed to show how both are necessary for the world. What are separated in other creatures are united in her. The Mother is the protectress of the Virgin, and the Virgin is the inspiration of motherhood. Without mothers, there would be no virgins in the next generation; without the virgins, mothers would forget the sublime ideal that lies beyond the flesh. They complement one another, like the sun and the rain. Without the sun there would be no clouds, and without the clouds, there would be no rain. The clouds, like mothers, surrender something in fecundating the earth; but the sun, like a virgin, recoups and recovers that loss by drawing the gentle drops back again into heaven.

This Queen is also our Mother. While she is not our Mother in the physical sense, she is called a spiritual mother, for she conceives, gives birth, and nurtures the spiritual lives of grace for each person. As Mediatrix of All Graces, she is ever present at the side of each person, giving nourishment and hope, from the moment of spiritual birth at Baptism to the moment of death.

Mary is entitled to the title of Queen because, as Pope Pius XII expressed it in a 1946 radio speech, “Jesus is King throughout all eternity by nature and by right of conquest: through him, with him, and subordinate to him, Mary is Queen by grace, by divine relationship, by right of conquest, and by singular election.”

Mary possesses a unique relationship with all three Persons of the Trinity, thereby giving her a claim to the title of Queenship. She was chosen by God the Father to be the Mother of his Son; God the Holy Spirit chose her to be his virginal spouse for the Incarnation of the Son; and God the Son chose her to be his mother, the means of incarnating into the world for the purposes of the redemption of humanity.

Mary, Queen of all Hearts, Pray for Us.