We have plenty of saying about life, how good it would be if things were planned properly. We have a strong hope about our planning and on how to lead our future. But in reality, there is a lot of uncertainty that batters the lifeboat and also unravels it—for example, the issues caused by the coronavirus. People around the world are dying in hundreds and thousands. Governments are struggling to keep up the safety mechanism with all the pandemic and calamities. There are so many restrictions to be followed to keep ourselves away from friends, relatives, and loved ones. It has not only affected the social approaches but also our day-to-day activities, our work, and our emotional health. I would not be wrong in saying that the virus has wrecked our lives; we all are thrown into a vacuum of darkness.Read More
The world is passing through a strange time in the human as well as Church history. I have never imagined that the meticulously planned monthly plans will turn upside down in a few days as the world was taken hostage by COVID-19 pandemic. Millions of people started to stare at the future bleakly because the normal life of the people came to a grinding halt causing untold suffering, fear, anxiety and worry. Who would have imagined that the Churches and worship places, which radiate life, will give a deserted look with uneasy silence. For us the Christian faithful, this period in the history somehow merges with our Lenten journey. We journey along the suffering Lord Jesus who walked the dusty and stony Calvary road out of love for every human person. We are called to reflect a little more deeply on the meaning of suffering and life with Jesus Christ, always with this hope that there is resurrection after Good Friday.Read More
One day, Mother Theresa saw a poor girl on the street, who looked hungry. So she fed her with a slice of bread. The little girl hesitantly took the bread and started eating crumb by crumb as she looked at Mother Theresa with fear in her eyes. Mother Theresa asked her to eat the bread and not worry about anything. The little girl responded, “I’m scared that once this slice of bread is over, I will be hungry again.”Read More
This is the MOST significant moment in the history of creation. Something GOD had planned for before creation, was created (Ephesians 1:4). GOD risked his Divinity for this single moment in time. HE chose a Virgin, preserved her from original sin, prophesized thousands of years ago about this moment, talked about it through every prophet. The world was made ready for this moment; creation waited for this moment; GOD waited for this moment;
We are living in a world of speeches. We are accustomed to listening to people speaking endlessly nowadays. The well-crafted words count in the public sphere. Even people expect us to articulate our ideas and thoughts in clear terms. When we attend, for example, an interview, we are judged at that moment based on how well we expressed our ideas in words. In other words, our words and speeches are equated with our values, convictions, and the whole personality. To a great extent, it is very true that our words reveal who we are. But our Christian life experiences reveal to us that our actions show who we are more than our words. This month we are invited to reflect on the person St. Joseph, the husband of Mary and foster father of Jesus who spoke less but did much. He was a faithful husband to Mary and a caring father to Jesus; he knew the highs and lows of family struggles; he showed courage, prudence, trust, and patience in God who would not abandon him as various events in the family took numerous twists and turns.Read More
இறைவனுக்கு அடுத்தபடியாக , மரியா பேரிலுள்ள பக்தி நமக்கு அடித்தளமாகும். “மரியா எல்லாம் வல்ல இறைவனின் சொல்லரிய புதுமை” என்கிறார் பாப்பாண்டவர் 9-ம் பத்திநாதர். ஆனால் கடவுளின் முன்னிலையில் மரியாவின் நிலை என்ன ? உலக மாந்தர் அனைவரையும் போல் கடவுள் அவளையும் ஒன்றுமில்லாமையிலிருந்தே படைத்தார். படைத்த பிறகு எண்ணற்ற வரங்களை அவள் மீது பொழிந்து உன்னத நிலைக்கு அவளை உயர்த்தினார். ஆனாலும் அவளைப் படைத்த இறைவனுக்கு முன் ஒப்பிட்டால் அவள், அவள் இன்னும் ஒன்றுமில்லாமைதான். உண்மையாகவே படைப்புகள் அனைத்தையும் விட மரியாதான் அவருடைய மிகச் சிறந்த படைப்பாகும். ஏனெனில் கடவுள் பிற படைப்புகளுக்கு கொடுத்ததை விட மிகுதியாகவே அவளுக்கு கொடுத்திருக்கிறார்.Read More
Love is just one word, and it carries a variety of different
meanings depending on the context. We say, “I love my spouse,”
and in the next breath utter something like, “I love
chocolates.” One word, two very different meanings.
“Love” has nearly been reduced to slang rather than respected as a word that communicates something powerful about relationships and marriage. Its deeper significance has been too easily forgotten. God designed love to be experienced in a much richer and meaningful way. Love is a commitment to action. It requires thoughtfulness, sacrifice, patient listening, and affirmation. A happy and deeply satisfying marriage comes from giving yourselves to one another sacrificially.
Happy New Year 2019!!! During this wonderful time, I would like to share some of my thoughts around how we can approach this new year to make it more meaningful. When someone asks ‘what was the memorable events in your life in 2018 ‘, the usual answers were... Buying the house, getting a Promotion, buying a car or becoming a parent These are all definitely memorable events in everyone’s life. These were all possible with our efforts and God’s blessings. These are the events we look forward to and plan and work hard to achieve it. But never heard someone replying as ‘God touched my soul during the Christmas mass.’ Or I had a wonderful confession and felt very light’, Or I have successfully helped someone to graduate’. Or I successfully finished reading the bible.Read More
Christmas is a magical season with Love, Friendship, bonding,
greatness, and more spiritual feeling brings great joy to
everyone's heart. It is the season that we would seek for the
family, relatives, and friends to be around for the
celebration of the Birth of Jesus. This spirit is invaluable
since everyone would feel the life is so beautiful and
Every day we go through a lot of things in life which is a more monotonous and routine activity. There is no time to think about the real meaning of life. All office-goers would seriously agree what we are leading is a worldly life, never-ending and eventually, over some time we do realize to take a break to enjoy the calmness of the life which we had experienced a way back in India or any rural place. Life was so peaceful, plodding moving pace and had time for everything. Advent season is the right time to reflect and enjoy the spirit of Christmas.
Rosary is the most powerful tool which has been given to us. The benefits of saying rosary are endless, it brings peace and calm which cannot be explained by science.The mysteries that we say teach the life of Jesus. Pope John Paul added luminous mysteries in 2002 which explains the public life of Jesus.I never understood the power of rosary until later in life, I said rosary because I was asked to say. I was not someone who said rosary everyday. I have been told by many to introduce rosary to my kids and do rosary everyday but I never took any of that seriously, but I did it whenever I could especially during summer when there is more relaxing time for the kids.Read More
On Easter Sunday, we Christians celebrate the triumphant resurrection of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ from the grave. Our Christian faith rests upon the validity of the claim that Jesus physically rose from the dead. Jesus’ resurrection secures both our pathway to eternal salvation as well as our victory in life through the coming of the Holy Spirit. Let’s focus on several metaphorical empty tombs that we can walk out of in this life through our faith in God.Read More
பிறந்திருக்கும் 2018 ஆம் வருடம் நம் அனைவருக்கும் ஒரு சிறப்பான , மகிழ்ச்சியான , ஆரோக்கியமான, பிரகாசமான, வெற்றிகரமான , செழுமையும் முழுமையும் நிறைந்த ஆண்டாக மலர வேண்டும் என்று இறைவனை பிராத்தித்துக் கொண்டு உங்கள் அனைவருக்கும் புத்தாண்டின் வாழ்த்துக்களை கூறி , அதோடு இவ்வருடம் முழுவதும் எப்பொழுதும் நம்மை வழி நடத்த நமக்கு ஆற்றலை தர வேண்டுமென்று வேண்டிக் கொள்கிறேன்.Read More
We all have busy days with our work and good quality time with all our family, friends, relatives, and communities. Time goes so quickly before we realize a week is gone by Friday. Our engagement in social activities sometimes takes more precedence than spiritual. Going to church, praying has become a routine activity in everyone's life without realizing and welcoming Jesus in us. But there is a season to prepare us for the resurrection of Jesus Christ in our heart. The preparation is more like evaluating our-self to see where we stand in our Savior's resurrection. That is Lent. Lent is about identifying with temptation and suffering of Jesus Christ before we celebrate the resurrection on Easter. The better the preparation, the more efficient the celebration will be. The ultimate objective is conquering and victory over the sins forever.Read More
EV E R Y O N E left the church. I sat alone as the light from the stained-glass windows gave glow to my surroundings. I held my $25 tightly in my hand. It's all we had for groceries to feed our family of seven. My thoughts darted through the 25 years I had spent away from the church I had loved as a child. Now I was back home, vowing to go all the way with my Lord. The moment of decision had come. How could I be tested so quickly with such a major decision? I knew $25 would not buy enough food to feed us for the week, but if I tried to spread it around in my own power, I knew I would fail. I also knew I had nothing else to give for tithe.Read More