BIA Benedict XVI Institute for Africa
Agbaw Ebai
Reflections on Fatherhood

Members of BIA’s Holy Mass Association of Africa share reflections on fatherhood in honor of Fathers Day.

June 20, 2021
Agbaw Ebai
Father Maurice: “I do not feel like praying”

Feelings are an essential part of what it means to be human. As it has been said before, one might not remember the exact details of a given incident, but one would remember how one felt about it. Human beings are feeling beings. And oftentimes, we act from our feelings. We even tend to make […]

May 9, 2021
Agbaw Ebai
Father Maurice: A Praying Community

Christian prayer is like oxygen. I find it impossible to live without daily prayer. And prayer is like a school, in which we grow from one class to the next. Christian prayer differentiates between Vocal, Meditation and Contemplation, as modes of prayer. With Vocal Prayer, we express ourselves in words to God. Vocal prayer can […]

February 16, 2021
Agbaw Ebai
Why Christians Must Be Strangers

The 2nd century Letter to Diognetus has this beautiful and challenging description of Christians: “The difference between Christians and the rest of men and women is neither in country, not in language, nor in customs. They dwell in their own fatherlands, but as temporary inhabitants. They take part in all things as citizens, while enduring […]

October 5, 2016
Agbaw Ebai
The Goal of  “Ordinary Time”

One of the beauties of Catholicism is the centrality of seasons in the religious and spiritual imagination in the Catholic consciousness. We begin the Liturgical Year with the First Sunday of Advent, then celebrate Christmas, move over to Lent and get to the apex at Easter. Sandwiched in between these four seasons is what the […]

October 5, 2016
Agbaw Ebai
Domine, Non Sum Dignus!

A central leitmotif of the October 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family, following the presentation by Cardinal Kasper in the Consistory of February 2014, almost narrowed down to the question of the reception of Holy Communion by the divorce and civilly remarried. Kasper had advocated, based on a reading of Basil and the Fathers; the […]

October 5, 2016