By Esther Nworie
A priest of the Catholic Diocese of Abakaliki Diocese, Rev. Fr. Dr. John Chidi Obasi has donated palliatives to vulnerable households in Our Lady Health of the Sick Chaplaincy, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital (AE-FUTHA) 2, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.
The presentation of the food items and wrappers took place at the chaplaincy last Sunday.
Fr. John Chidi Obasi said the aim was to ensure that some vulnerable people from the church who could not get succour from anywhere were being cared for to ameliorate the hunger associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.
He urged others to lend a helping hand to the people, who were suffering from the effects of Coronavirus in the state by joining the Catholic Church to reach out to the needy.
He said, “It may be little but that is what we are expected to do in this pandemic. I humbled with the response of the parishioners and I pray God to continue to bless you all.”
Beneficiaries of the palliatives were drawn from across the zones of the chaplaincy.
Recall that the Cathedral Administrator of St. Theresa, Msgr. Iwueke had recently distributed palliatives worth millions of naira to the poorest of the poor in the church at the Cathedral pavilion.
Catholic Church took up the responsibility of giving out palliatives to their members to cushion the hunger effect of Covid-19 pandemic in Ebonyi State as residents of the state have been crying for palliatives from the government both at federal and state levels to cushion their plights.
The beneficiaries selected from all the zones that make up the chaplaincy, thanked God for using the priest to remember them in this hard time.
Beneficiaries, Rosemary Eze Aleke from zone 1, Mr. Christian Nweke, and Mrs. Onwe Chinaza expressed delight on the items, saying it will help to sustain their families’ need for some days.
Earlier, the benefactor, Fr. John Chidi Obasi in a homily, reflected on power and its usage in the society.
He questioned how people use power and whether they have ever created their own Gethsemane moment.
He urged the Catholic faithful to use their power to help the helpless in the society.
He said, “How do you use your power, position, Office, wealth, your gift to influence connection? Do you use them for peace or for war? Do you use them to build up or to tear down the society or create confusion? Do you use them to make life miserable or better life for others?”
“Remember you are only a steward of the power. Power is not yours. So never you use power to look down on others.
“Note: Today is your moment, tomorrow maybe that person’s moment. Go and use your power accordingly”, he stated.