For the past 4 years, the catholic widows of Nigeria, Lafia Deanery always commemorates the International widows day with retreats to encourage one another, pray for themselves, families and the country at large.
This year because of the COVID – 19, the widows decided to hold a one day sensitization workshop on the Corona virus and also trained 5 widows each from the 7 parishes in the Lafi Deanery on the making of liquid soap, hand sanitizer, disinfectant and Vaseline petroleum jelly.
The event which took place at the St. Williams Cathedral, Jos road Lafia, started with a Holy Mass administered by the Chaplain of the Catholic Widows, Rev. Father Mattew Dyruan and the Cathedral Administrator, Rev, father Alfred Azige.
In his homily, the Chaplain of the Catholic widows, Rev. Father Matthew Dyruan said the readings for the day, taken from second Kings chapter 19, verses 9 – 11, 14 – 21, 31 – 35 and 36, and the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 7, verses 6, 12 – 14, advised that when faced with the enemies of the faith, let us learn to surrender completely to God, like King Hezekiah who received a threat letter by King Sennacherib, but he put the letter before God and prayed, while the Gospel, which talks on the narrow door of faith are in line with the plight of widows and every other person.
According to him, our faith is something of great value; we treasure it and still believe that God is with us, adding that, we did not leave our faith, for that is our way to God.
He explained that trusting God is a narrow and difficult route, and those who find it, are very few, and we have not been having it easy, especially if we stand for justice, adding that temptation comes and if we are not careful, we give in cheaply.
Father Matthew said it is through temptation that Satan gets to us, but advised that we should follow the narrow road that not everybody wants to follow, but it will help us to stand firm and overcome temptation.
He said there are many traditions detrimental to the development of widows and that make them face many challenges, but we should depend on God instead of going to fight to overcome the challenges, adding that God is alive and it is only God that can assist us.
In his remarks, Rev. Father Alfred Azige reminded the widows of the Widows of Nain in the Gospel of Luck7.11-17S and Zeraphath in the Bible, Jesus raised the son of the widow of Nain and Elijah raised the son of the widow of Zeraphath in 1kings 17 : 21 – 22, according to him, our mother Mary was also a widow, because we did not hear of Joseph the foster father of Jesus after sometime in the Bible, so Mary must have been a widow and also went through what we are going through.
The wife of the Governor of Nasarawa State, Hajiya Silifat Sule, represented by the wife of the Deputy Governor, her Excellency Tosan Akabe, called on widows to be very prayerful because of the numerous challenges faced as widows and women, according to her is the women that carry’s the home and that we should not deviate from the word of God, adding that without
God we are useless.
She decried the high rate of rape in the society, especially during the COCID – 19, lockdown, she called on women to be more vigilant and take good care of their children, especially the girl child, adding that parents should speak out when things are not going on well.
Other women who spoke during the occasion included the former President of the National Council of Nigeria, NCWS, Hajiya Ramatu Dalhatu, the Nasarawa State President of NCWS, Aisha Idoma, the President, Nasarawa State Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Women wing, Deaconess Hauwa Yakubu and the wife of the Nasarawa State APC, Chairman, Mrs. Philips Tatari Sheku.
Food items were donated by the wife of the Nasarawa State Governors wife, Her Excellency Silifat Sule, the Deputy Governor, His Excellency, Emmanuel Akabe and his wife, Tosan Akabe for the widows.
After the opening ceremony, over 50 widows were trained on liquid soap making, disinfectant, hand sanitizer and Vaseline. They are expected to carry out a step down of the training to other widows in their parishes.