At 64, I am still running the race and at the end, I hope to be able to stand before God and say I have done what He asked me to do. But at this moment, I am still eager to do things God had sent me into the world to do. As for being happy, I am satisfied with what I am doing. The grace of God has kept me alive for 64 years. I am happy. If we take it from the angle of the family, I am happy with the family God has blessed me with. As a Christian too, I feel that I am on the path of God’s kingdom. As a Nigerian, I can be happier. Given another chance, I wouldn’t do anything differently. But, of course, I would love my country to be better than it is today. There is an impression I also want to correct – being a priest doesn’t necessarily mean you are not part of the world. As a matter of fact, knowing or being aware of the happenings in the world is part of the experiences needed as a priest. The important thing for one is to ensure that you don’t get involved in those worldly things because it will make you forget the essence and purpose of life.
• Most Rev. (Dr.) Alfred Adewale Martins, Archbishop of the Metropolitan See of Lagos.
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