The Human Person, Image Of The Unseen God


In appreciation of the liberty of the human person as the image of God, one should feel solidarity with all other human beings as communion. The more we experience our solidarity as a communion in love, the more we approach the Trinitarian mystery by turning the image into likeness. And yet this likeness to which we are called by definition will never reach the quality or identity of the communion between the Persons of the Holy Trinity, not only because we are not of divine nature, but also because the sinful use of our freedom does not lead us to The Mystery of Person and Human Adventure. Despite the tragic gap in us between “image” and “likeness”, the word of God is, at least for Christians, quite clear and imperative: “Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2). 

This solidarity, which involves not only the relations between human persons but also the inter-relationship of all of God’s creation, is expressed so movingly in the following often-quoted passage of St Isak the Syrian: “What is a charitable heart? It is a heart which is burning with charity for the whole creation, for men, for the birds, for the beasts, for the demons – for all creatures. He who has such a heart cannot see or call to mind a creature without his eyes becoming filled with tears by reason of the immense compassion which seizes his heart; a heart which is softened and can no longer bear to see or learn from others of any suffering, even the smallest pain, being inflicted upon a creature. This is why such a man never ceases to pray also for the animals, for the enemies of Truth, and for those who do him evil, that they may be preserved and purified. He will pray even for the reptiles, moved by the infinite pity which reigns in the hearts of those who are becoming united to God”.15

It follows therefore that in every human relationship, there is the likelihood of disagreement over different things because of the imperfection in the human person. Some are more knowledgeable than others. There are some with ability to think faster than others. Some are broadminded, some are narrow-minded, some are self-centered and self-opinionated, and there are others still who are neither here nor there. Some don’t make meaningful contributions at all. There are poor people who are irritable to some rich people. There are generously rich people. There are simple and understanding leaders and followers but there are also proud and conceited leaders and followers.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY – MAY 4


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Kent State shooting

1970 – Four students shot at Kent State. On this day in 1970, an anti-Vietnam War demonstration at Kent State University turned deadly when the Ohio National Guard shot four unarmed students and wounded nine others, further turning public opinion against the war.

Ken Livingstone

2000 – British politician Ken Livingstone was elected mayor of London, the first time that British voters had directly elected a candidate to an executive office at any level of government.

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1942 – During World War II, U.S. air and naval fleets turned back a Japanese invasion force heading for the strategic Port Moresby, New Guinea, in the Battle of the Coral Sea.

Napoleon in His Study by Jacques-Louis David, 1812; in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

1814 – Napoleon landed at the island of Elba to serve the first of two exiles.

Strange Deaths In Kano, North West Nigeria Caused By COVID-19 – Buhari’s Panel


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Dr. Nasiru Gwarzo, Head of the team sent to Kano State by the President President Muhammadu Buhari, has said the state has a high rate of community transmission of COVID-19.

Gwarzo told the BBC Hausa Service in an interview that the high rate of transmission,as shown by increased testing, was clear, saying the situation has gone worse. According to him, out of every 100 samples taken for testing, 80 per cent always came out positive.

He added that most of the recent mass deaths in the state were caused to COVID-19, noting that there is an urgent need for the people of Kano to take the deadly disease seriously.

Gwarzo said, “This is a serious situation which needs collective effort to address as the case of pandemic has gone beyond people’s imagination as it has gone to community transmission.

“What we are afraid of in this pandemic is what is happening. The pandemic has left the first stage of entering the country. It has left the second stage and has entered the third stage of community spread. This is not news that will be palatable to the public but like a Hausa proverb says, ‘on the day you are to take a bath, you cannot hide your navel.’”

According to him, the team is perturbed about the deaths, which had claimed many personalities in the state.

“If you follow the debate (over the cause of the Kano mysterious deaths), while there is some truth in other causes, (complications from hypertension, meningitis, among others), coronavirus is the leading cause of these deaths in Kano.

“On the coronavirus itself, when we conducted tests before, you saw four or five; now you can take 100 samples and 80 (per cent) return positive, he said