“Mothers deserve to have and enjoy a befitting and fulfilling life when they are alive and not a befitting burial after they are gone”.
Bishop Godfrey Onah of Nsukka Catholic Diocese in Enugu State gave the advice at the Theresa’s Catholic Cathedral Nsukka, while delivering a homily during this year’s Mothering Sunday Mass.
According to him, it is unfortunate that some people do not take proper care of their mothers while alive, but rather would even go borrowing to give them befitting burials when they die.
“These kinds of people that abandon their mothers while alive, only to wait to give them befitting burial have shown by their actions that they don’t care and love their mothers.
“I advise sons and daughters to take proper care of their mothers while they are alive, as a way of appreciating the sacrifices and sufferings their mothers go through to bring them up.
“Let her live in good house and use that money you are saving to give her befitting burial to take care of her when she is alive,” he advised.
The Bishop noted that all the burial funfair and cannival people did when their mother or father died were useless and vanity, since the deceased would benefit nothing from such waste of money.
He, however, urged mothers to ensure that they brought up their children in the fear of God, so that they would stay away from all forms of criminality and immorality.
“Mothers have serious role to play in order to restore sanity and security in the country.
“Parents must catch their children young, by teaching them the fear of God and good behaviours.
“If all the families in Nigeria give their children good moral upbringing and orientation, the insecurity we are experiencing now could have been prevented,” he said.
He said that the Catholic Church dedicated a day to celebrate mothers because of their importance and the vital roles they play in the family as well as in the society at large.
“Without mothers there will be no family because every human being is born by a mother,” he said