By Regina Igwebuike
Amawbia (Awka South LGA), Nov. 28, 2020 (MOI) Rev. Sr. Rose Maura Okongwu of the Congregation of Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) says her mother lived a legacy of Faith to be remembered with.
Sr. Okongwu said this during her mother’s burial Mass at the mother parish, St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, Amawbia in Nov. 27.
The deceased died at the age of 90.
According to her, the burial coincided with her 21 year anniversary of her yes to God.
“My mum gave me over to God and today with the faithful, my beloved sisters and brothers in the Lord, we are handing my mum back to God on my anniversary.
“I will never forget this day in a hurry, she was my best friend, very jovial and a great woman of faith, who loved God.’’
She said that her mother gave birth to 10 children and eight were buried in her presence but she continued to glorify God on each occasion; indeed a happy woman in the Lord.
Sr. Okongwu pleaded with the congregation to always remember the deceased as a woman of faith, lover of God and a generous woman.
She commended her family for giving her mother the necessary care she required before her demise, praying God to grant her soul eternal rest.
She also thanked the priests, the leadership team of IHM Congregation, other religious and laity for being there with them to pray for her mother.
Earlier, Rev. Fr. Fredrick Anene, an indigenous priest in a homily said that death was a transmutation, noting that Christ had the singular power to take back whosoever He chose.
“We cry because of the vacuum created by the deceased due to the affinity, the filial love that existed.’’
He emphasised that the deceased was a great woman, always glorifying God despite what she passed through.
Fr. Anene said that nothing should separate one from the love of God, noting that anyone who lived Christ like life would not be afraid to die.
According to him, the love of God will transcend to the grave and bring us to God’s kingdom, urging all to desire for eternal happiness. (MOI)