Farewell George Okoro – “The Eucharistic Adorer”

My big Cousin, George Okoro
You were a client of the Eucharistic Adoration.
You watched with tireless love and fervent prayer.
May our Eucharistic Jesus grant you eternal rest.

You followed the example of Saint Benedict Joseph Labre,
the patron saint of the “Oblate Sisters of Saint Benedict Joseph Labre”,
and prayed before the Blessed Sacrament whenever you can.
Thus, you offered reparation to the Heart of Jesus.

While men were busy sleeping and taking warmth under blankets,
Punctually, you will drive to the nearest Catholic Church in your area
Kneeling in silence, with your Holy Bible and your chaplet
Interceding to God for all in perpetual adoration.

I recall with a feeling of contentment and love
to have followed you under heavy snow and cold
to Saint Columbus chapel in IOWA, where you daily take refuge
in front of Jesus in the Blessed Tabernacle.

George nwa nnem, I will always remember you with these words,
“When a good man dies, you can hardly tell lies about him,
because his good works testify for him”.
You are a model to behold and imitate.

At a time like this, when our hearts are heavy in pains,
our eyes decorated with tears because of your demise,
Smiles have vanished from our faces
like men who were suddenly overtaken by the harmattan wind.

I feel that there is no occasion for sorrow because I celebrate the quality of love and affection you shared.
You accomplished great works in your short term stay on earth.
You have left a message of goodness for all to emulate.

You outlived your peers in generosity and oneness.
Everyone looked up to you because you would always listen,
advice, encourage and give hope on the ways to move forward.
You lived your life for others, but your family was your first responsibility.

You were respected by all for what you are.
Age was not a barrier to your accomplishments and achievements.
Among your equals, you were the best;
Your colleagues in the USA can testify.

Dee George, you gave your life to Jesus willing to do His work
as a father, a brother, a cousin, a friend, an in-law and a colleague.
You were never too busy to listen to anyone.
You were a man of peace - those who know you can testify.

My beloved brother, George Okoro, I speak of you to the world,
because I am a witness to your struggles in keeping your Christian faith
I saw a flame of love lit in you, which I trust by God’s grace shall never die.

As you have gone to rest after your earthly mission,
May the love of Jesus crucified continue to be the object of your meditation
and lead you safe until you behold His eternal glory.
Goodbye George. See you someday where we will never grow old.

Prisca Onyinye Nwokorie is a  Roman Catholic nun. She belongs to the religious order of “Oblates of St. Benedict Joseph Labre” in Italy. She is a graduate of the University of Bari where she obtained her Bachelor’s and Masters’ degrees in “Information and Communication Technologies for the Production of Software” and “Computer Science” respectively. Currently, she is carrying out research work on “E-learning for Developing Countries”.


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