Women have been described as paramount agents of development in any society by virtue of their invaluable contributions in several aspects of life in the homes, offices and the society at large. This assertion was made by the Deputy Secretary General of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN); Rev. Fr. Zacharia Samjumi in his homily at the celebration of the Mass to mark this Year’s Mothers’ Day celebration by all the women and ladies working at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria.
The Mass which was attended by the staff of CSN, CCFN and other agencies of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) based in Abuja; had the Secretary General, Rev. Fr. Ralph Madu as the Chief celebrant, assisted by Rev. Frs. Zacharia Samjumi, Ojaje Idoko, Cornelius Omonokhua, Bernard Asogo, Joseph Nomhwange and George Ajana, Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS).
According to Fr. Samjumi the invaluable importance of women is adequately reflected in the Apostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II; Mulieris Dignitatem (No 18) in which the Holy Father, among other things stated: “motherhood involves a special communion with the mystery of life, as it develops in the woman’s womb…” The Pope added: “it is commonly thought that women are more capable than men of paying attention to another person, and that motherhood develops this predisposition even more.”
To further buttress the significant role and importance of women at home and the society, the homilist continued with a quotation from the letter of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to the Bishops of the universal Church which noted that: “Among the fundamental values linked to women’s actual lives is what has been called a capacity for the other. This intuition is linked to women’s physical capacity to give life.”
The letter further stated: “… It is women in the end, who even in very desperate situations, as attested by history past and present, possess a singular capacity to persevere in adversity, to keep life going even in extreme situations, to hold tenaciously to the future, and finally to remember with tears the value of every human life (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Collaboration of Men and Women in the Church and in the World,” n.13).”
Fr. Samjumi noted that from all indications, it is worthwhile to celebrate women for their sacrifices, love patience and perseverance which have enabled them to mother their children, husbands and the society in general.
In his own remarks, the Secretary General, Rev. Fr. Ralph Madu noted that the invaluable role of women in all facets of life in the family, the society and the Church cannot be controverted and therefore worthy of celebration and appreciation. He congratulated all the women working in all the agencies of the Catholic Bishops Conference and prayed that God will continue to bless them and make them more valuable to humanity.
The celebration of the Mass was followed by a special thanksgiving by all the staff of the secretariat and all the invited guests and entertainment of all the guests present at the ceremony.