Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Why Must Nuns Change Their Names by Alisonomi

There has been this argument on why children must take new names at their baptism. Fortunately, it has been proven that it’s not a must and has no canonical implication. But this doesn’t, however, make it wrong in itself. People should be able to do it if they wish or there be any need for that, but no one should make it law as the Church has no law on that.
But recently, another question has been asked about women taking their husbands’ surname on marriage. Funny enough many men are ranting how it’s our culture this or our custom that. Unfortunately, those men have neither oral nor written evidence to place such recent development either in our culture or in our custom. And even now there are still women among us who continue keeping their fathers’ surname. But that’s by the way, as I’m here to ask another question.
For centuries, religious sisters and some religious priests and brothers were obliged to change their names by the time they make their religious vows. Many reasons were used to justify that including a few biblical instances. Some justified it with the case of Abram that became Abraham, Sarai – Sarah, Jacob-Israel, Simon – Peter, Saul-Paul, etc. But we know it was not compulsory. These were just exceptions and exceptions are never the basis for any law. 
Others defended it with the idea that during baptism and confirmation, which are very important sacraments, Christians take new names. They explain that religious engagement is a life-changing reality and demands a radical change of one’s status and name. Yet, this baptismal theory is also outdated today and rarely imposed. 
All these changes of names do not yet involve the addition of Mary to whatever new name they take up. This was initially known among Marian congregations, but it eventually spread it to almost all the female congregations. 
Even during baptism, in many places like in Quebec men had, in those years, the name Joseph added to their names and women, Mary. 
The reason, in the case of religious women, some say, is that they imitate Mary who said Yes to God. And also, because they, by the virtue of their religious vows espouse the motherhood of Mary. Funny enough, you can’t be the bride of Christ and his mother at the same time. But I know that I don’t know much. 
However, my real question is not just why they have to change their names. And let me state that many congregations do not do it any longer. But the majority of those in Nigeria continue holding on it as salvation depends on it. 
But my question is why they should take the men’s name. You will see a sister who had a beautiful name like Chikporom (God called me) change it to Mary-James, Ozioma (Good News) to Mary-Cyprian, Nnedinso (the mother is sacred) to Mary-Ignatius, Chiziterem (God sent me) to Mary-Thaddeus, etc. And if they must do that at all (which I don’t know why), why not take female saints’ names? It is not just painful to change one’s name but to masculinize it. Are all these brave female saints not good enough as models. How is imitating Saint Augustin more beneficial to a nun than imitating Saint Theresa or Perpetual? And why on earth do they have to do that at first? Are their vows more important than those of their male counterparts? But as I said, I don’t know much. So, feel free to educate me on why such medieval tradition has to be perpetuated today. 


Friday, 3 July 2020

ℕ𝕚𝕘𝕖𝕣𝕚𝕒𝕟 𝕊𝕠𝕔𝕚𝕖𝕥𝕪 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕥𝕙𝕖 ℂ𝕦𝕝𝕥𝕦𝕣𝕖 𝕠𝕗 ℝ𝕒𝕡𝕖

As the world battle the systemic discrimination against women, Nigerians are still swimming in other forms of insanity which no one is, in this 21st century, proud, even to mention. On the 27th of May 2020, Ms. Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 22-year-old microbiology student of Benin City was found drowning on her blood after being raped by (an) unknown individual(s). Ms. Uwaila had the habit of studying in a local church in her village. On that faithful day, she went as usual and was carried away half dead after some vultures defiled her.
The absurdity of the Uwaila odyssey is not just that she was raped to death. The worst is that such insanity took place in a church. 
And while we try to understand the mystery behind raping in Nigeria, a country that exports churches; has the highest number of both Muslim and Christian faithful in the entire continent and vows on its Jewish origin, another group is trying to divert our attention from the real problem. 
Since the recent manifestation against the brutal and inhuman murder of George Floyd, we have noticed different ways of approaching social mobilization. And among all the diverting technic we have noticed, the one applied by a group that subtly adopts a neutral position when in essence they are playing a denial game is the worst. The method is apparently genuine. They simply ask why we should say that Black Lives Matter, instead of All Lives Matter. These people think that they are trying to be just, but they are simply denying the fact that black people are being racially segregated. What they ignore, however, is that if a man tells you his pains after losing the wife, you do not tell him that many men lose their wives too. And if a woman tells you that the son died, you do not tell her that many people lose their children as well. It does not mean that other individuals are not important. It simply means that the importance of the ones in crisis is in question.

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Who said that Marriage has always been about Love? by Alisonomi

1.   The Preliminaries

One of those things we often hear about marriage is that it was not like this or like that before. So, let us start by saying that marriage has never been what we think of it today. It was never about love. And neither was it either Christian Union or a sacrament. It was also not just a monogamous union nor a union of two hearts in love. But let no one twist this! 

Europe was not, initially, a continent, and the Germans were once called savages just like non-Jews were all regarded as pagans. Non-Europeans were once regarded as uncivilized, blacks and many peoples were once sold in the market, and many nations treated as lesser humans. The Chinese were stereotyped, Native Americans were forcefully disindianized, some Indians are treated until today as untouchable and many people continue to be discriminated against in our society for one reason or the other. Still, we know that as years pass by, we learn how ridiculous each of those things we believed, for centuries, to be a gospel truth fall into desuetude. Therefore, let no one think that I’m against the beautiful evolutionary story of the marriage. On the contrary, I think that it still has a lot of ways to cover. 

Unfortunately, the evolution of marriage has never really had a happy ending for womenfolk. It has always been like the hunting tales which always favour the hunter for always being the only storyteller. Marriage has always been, with few exceptions, mainly men’s thing to decide. Men have always made the rules and set the principles that govern the evolution of this institution. 

2.   So, what was Marriage All About, ab initio?

At the Stone Age, marriage served as a means of organizing and controlling sexual conduct providing a better structure for child-rearing. Some call that a primitive setup, but what makes a culture primitive is always debatable. In many cultures like the Chinese, Jewish, Native American, and African cultures, a man getting married to more than one wife was very popular. It was very important to them as it portrayed how buoyant a man was. 

Monday, 29 June 2020

The sign of the Cross

What is the Sign of the Cross ?

It is a sacred gesture which Christians use to express their faith in the resurrected Christ who through his death on the cross obtained salvation for humanity. It is also for Christians a sign of their belief in the unity of the Holy Trinity. This gesture is mainly observed among the Roman Catholics, the Orthodox communities, as well as certain Anglican communities, and even among some other Christian communities, the sign of the cross is also expressed and even sometimes signed.

The Origin of the Sign of the Cross

The sign of the cross was not always there as we know it today. But its origin could be traced back to, as early as in the old testament. It is, however, necessary to state that the cross as we know it today dates back only to the Roman civilization. And the cross, in that civilization was a sign of death. It was only reserved for hardened criminals and those that have committed serious atrocities.

In the Bible  

Some theologians make some allusion to a Hebrew letter thau which is the last Greek alphabet and signifies, like the Greek Omega, God in his perfection (Catopedia, Segno della Croce). This usage refers to the book of Prophet Ezekiel 9:4, where it is written, “Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark (thau) on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it." This passage brings to mind the injunction of Exodus 12: 13 “The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.

In each of these cases, the mark, like the cross was to be the sign of salvation for those who received it. 

Among the Fathers of the Church

Among the early extra-biblical writers on this subject is Tertullian (d. c. 250). There were other apocryphal writers but his description of the sign of the cross is one of the best among his contemporaries. Here is how he presents it: “in all our travels and movements, in all our coming in and going out, in putting on our shoes, at the bath, at the table, in lighting our candles, in lying down, in sitting down, whatever employment occupies us, we mark our foreheads with the sign of the cross” (De corona, 30). Tertullian was surely not talking of the sign of the cross as we know it today, but little signs made on the forehead. Other shreds of evidence of the place of the sign of the cross in the life of the Church show that it was marked with the index on the forehead and in certain cases on objects to be blessed, even objects in distance. Even the sick people were signed on the sick parts of the body, (Catopedia, Segno della Croce).

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

𝔼𝕝𝕠𝕟 𝕄𝕦𝕤𝕜: 𝕋𝕖𝕤𝕝𝕒, 𝕊𝕡𝕒𝕔𝕖𝕏 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕥𝕙𝕖 ℚ𝕦𝕖𝕤𝕥 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝕒 𝕗𝕒𝕟𝕥𝕒𝕤𝕥𝕚𝕔 𝕗𝕦𝕥𝕦𝕣𝕖 𝕓𝕪 𝔸𝕤𝕙𝕝𝕖𝕖 𝕍𝕒𝕟𝕔𝕖

We, often, tend to believe that motivational books have keys to success. But, with the crops of biographies and autobiographies coming up in our bookstores, many have started questioning the idea that motivational books can truly answer any question on self-development. All those who have read Steven Jobs by Walter Isaacson, the Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama, Becoming of Michel Obama, In the Black of Jolly Denham, The Stone Thrower of Jael Ealey, Ru by Kim Thuy, etc., must have noticed by a good biography or autobiography is far better than packaged formulas that motivational speakers sell.
Today, I’m going to grant you access to what I saw while tracing the odyssey called the life of Elon Musk. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a fantastic future of Ashlee Vance is one of those texts you wouldn’t want to drop without seeing the back cover. It retraces the making of Elon Musk, one of Silicon Valley’s most innovative guy. The SpaceX and Tesla Car inventor was born and brought up in South Africa, groomed in Canada, exploded in the United States of America, before now starting to redefine the technological advancement history in China.Elon Musk who was born to the family of a South African father and a Canadian mother, grew up very reserved and was often bullied while growing up. He started showing his knack for computer technology very early. At the age of 10, he started learning to code and at 12 he sold his first code of video games. Very early, he developed an obsessive attachment to learning new things that the author narrates that he read so much that he ended up reading encyclopedias.