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"Children learn to walk through trial and error. They remember past mistakes, look beyond them and seek new ways of reaching their goals. If they did not remember their mistakes,…
he bows of the mighty are broken, but the weak are clothed with strength. Those with plenty must labor for bread, but the hungry need work no more. It is the Lord who gives life and death; he brings men…
Creation (Genesis 1:2) Are we facing emptiness and darkness in our personal, couple and family life? Let us allow the Spirit of God to recreate us anew. He will open our eyes to see each other through the eyes of…
How do we allow the Holy Spirit to interact with us everyday in our family relationships? We believe that he is really present in our hearts and lives. Outside of prayer time, how often are we aware of his loving,…
In the last century, oil deposits in the Gulf became a source of light, power and wealth to the impoverished, nomadic Arabs. For thousands of years, prior to that, when oil-wells were not tapped, the Arabs were poor and eked…
Pray to the Holy Spirit and then prayerfully read Luke 23:26-43. We meet various people when Jesus carried his cross on the road to Calvary. There is Simon of Cyrene who is forced to help Jesus carry his cross, lest…
Once when I was traveling by bus to Thanjavur, I saw a Hindu holy man traveling with his disciple. They sat a few seats in front of me. The disciple's eyes were focused on his Guru right through the journey.…
Pray to the Holy Spirit and then prayerfully read Matthew 27:27-31 Jesus is King. He is King of a Kingdom of love and mercy that has outlasted all the Kingdoms of Egypt, Greece, Rome that were powerful in Biblical times…
Why did you get married during a Mass? Very simply, because what was being celebrated on the altar, the mystery of Jesus' life-giving sacrifice is what you are called to live everyday in your domestic church, your home. We greet…
Parents teach us many beautiful truths but the greatest gift they can give us, is a living faith and total trust in God. This faith and trust is not just…
Mother Teresa was certainly one of the most inspiring people of our times and we truly praise and thank God for calling her to found the Missionaries of Charity. The spirit of the Congregation is still alive in her sisters…
When you pronounced your marriage vows you specified that you would love and respect each other in good times and bad, in sickness and health, in riches and poverty, until separated by death. Your love was unconditional. You did not…
We find several people today marrying someone from a different culture, upbringing and religion from their own. Many of such marriages run into difficulties within a year or two. When people fall in love, they often endow their partner with…
Is heaven a place where Jesus ascended out of this world? Is it above the world, just as Hades was thought to be part of the underworld? As a child I thought of heaven as place above where Jesus ascended.…
Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life. What does this mean to me in my life? If I do not believe that Jesus rose from the dead and is sharing his life with me, then he is merely a great…
Life is full of new beginnings for all of us. We get used to persons, places and structures so that we may make the necessary adjustments. But the problem with adjusting is that we learn certain patterns of behavior that…
Most of us want to enjoy the best of both worlds, this and the next. We want to have a comfortable, secure, trouble free life, now, and eternal happiness in…
The Prayer of Abandonment to God Father, I abandon myself into your hands. Do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all. Let…
Families had many traditions with regard to prayers and religious observances. Many homes had an altar with holy pictures and a votive light. But is God present when a home is devoid of love? The family rosary was recited. But…
Our home as a domestic Church, is part of the larger Parish and Universal Church . On June 4th, we celebrate the feast of Pentecost, when the Church was born. Many of us may take part in a Novena to prepare for this…
Many children will be receiving the sacraments of Reconciliation, the Eucharist and Confirmation this year. As parents what are you personally doing to prepare them? Here are some points for…
On 2nd February 1960, I made my first vows as A Redemptorist. It was the feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple and it was a very meaningful celebration for me as I presented myself to Jesus…
ent is a special time of reconciliation and healing. Abba Father is watching the road for the return of his prodigal son. He longs to embrace him, cleanse him and reinstate him as his beloved son once more. He wants…
We live in changing times, where very often, both husband and wife work outside the home. Sometimes the woman receives employment outside, and the man looks after the home. Who does all the work inside your home? Parenting by Father…
The newspapers of 20th June 2006 report that Bill Gates has handed over charge of his company to someone else so that he can reorder his priorities. He is interested in putting his genius into his charities, to help find…
Pray to the Holy Spirit and then prayerfully read Matthew 27 :20-26 Many of us saw Mel Gibson's movie : "The Passion". The scene of the scourging was indeed horrible and painful to watch. If I was in Jesus' place…
Spouses share love with each other as life companions. In the expression of their love for each other, God may make this love fruitful as they conceive a child. The…
A sacramental marriage is between two people who are baptized and believe that Jesus is their Saviour and the Lord of their lives. The husband and wife are a sacramental sign in the world by their unity in Christ Jesus.…
Another practical way of sustaining a healthy and intimate relationship in marriage is by sharing your thoughts and feelings with your spouse on a regular basis. In Marriage Encounter, we suggest that couples devote 20 minutes a day to this.…
In "My fair lady" Professor Higgins tries to teach a young lady from a cockney background to speak the Queen's English. Do you as a couple speak the same language of love? Gary Chapman in his book : "The Five…
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