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Fr. Ayodele Ayeni

Easter Baptism reminds us of other waters

Fr. Ayodele Ayeni CsSP

April 2, 2012

At the dawn of creation, "the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters (Genesis 1.2)." The waters at creation not only manifest the symbolism of water in Christian theology, but also its creational importance. Water sustains life and its absence spells doom or death.

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Jesus is the mirror by which we see our faith

Fr. Ayodele Ayeni CsSP

March 19, 2012

On Holy Saturday, we pray thus: "Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, cuius Unigenitus ad inferiora terrae descendit, unde et gloriosus ascendit. (Almighty, every-living God, whose only-begotten Son descended to the realm of the dead, and rose from there to glory)."

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Communion opens us up to the divine

Fr. Ayodele Ayeni CsSP

March 5, 2012

A young girl asked her mother: "Mom, where did human beings originate?" Her mother said, "My daughter, we are all descended from Adam and Eve; they were our first parents."

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'Consubstantial' denotes the oneness of Father, Son, Holy Spirit

Fr. Ayodele Ayeni CsSP

February 20, 2012

One evening, an Irish Spiritan missionary was explaining the Trinity to his African congregation. He said to them, "God is our Father," and this God has a Son who is Jesus Christ.

He continues, and then, there is the Holy Spirit whom God sent into our hearts. Immediately, an old man asked the priest: "Is the Holy Spirit God's wife, since God has a Son?"

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A journey of faith from Africa to Alberta

Fr. Ayodele Ayeni CsSP

January 30, 2012

About six years ago, academic wind blew me from Africa to North America: to be precise, to Ottawa. My quest for knowledge has continued with my pursuit of a PhD degree in theology at the Dominican University, where I am on the verge of graduation.

As a Catholic priest of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost Fathers or Spiritans), I now work as the administrator of Mary Help of Christians' Catholic Chinese Parish in Edmonton, pending the defence of my doctoral dissertation in theology.

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Happy New Year! God is present in our lives

Fr. Ayodele Ayeni CsSP

January 16, 2012

For philosophers, life is full of coincidences. But for us Christians, life is providential. While the philosopher talks of coincidence because of chance, we Christians talk about providence because we believe there is a God in charge of our lives and human history.

What is more evident than God's in-breaking into human history in Jesus Christ? Christmas offered the opportunity to welcome God among us and into our history: human history is being divinized because Immanuel became historical, the highest act of God's providential love.

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