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Introduction: The Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, on 1st May, should take us back to the double Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, on 25th March, (4th April this year), and of his Birth, on 25th December, that…
GOD is called by various names and is given varied attributes in the Bible. To us his children however his most significant name is 'God our Father', and his most cherished attribute is 'God is Love'. Why? The logic is…
It was in the year of King Uzziah's death (a great and good king, but who unfortunately was punished by God with leprosy for offhandedly not respecting the holiness of the temple worship), that the prophet Isaiah, who was close…
The Woman - Mother and Teacher When God presented Adam with the 'woman', flesh of his flesh, i.e. bonded to him in every way, and even when that same woman, instead of being, what God wanted her to be, a…
The final week of the last year begins with the Solemnity of the Birth of Jesus, Son of God, on Christmas Day, 25th December, and ends with the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, on New Year Day, 1st January,…
God's plan and the Enemy's counter plan: The Bible begins with God's beautiful plan for man and with the havoc done to it by the Enemy. For God created not just individuals in his own image and likeness, but marriages…
"What are the greatest needs of the church today?" This was the question that Pope Paul VI put at a general audience on 15 November 1972. He himself gave the answer, which he said should not surprise them as being…
The day Mary, the Mother of Mercy, visited God's people of Haiti 'Jesus in Jerusalem', the International Catholic Charismatic Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, that was held in September 1997, the year of Jesus Christ, began with a healing service…
"This is the Word of the Lord!" That's how the Lector concludes the reading or proclamation of the Scripture Text at Mass, or, to use a more faithful translation of the Hebrew, ""This is the Word of the Lord!" That's…
God of Mercy: My favourite Lenten Hymn has always been, ever since as a child I attended the famous Irish Redemptorist Lenten missions in our parish, the hymn: God of mercy and compassion, Look with pity upon me, Father let…
I was surprised to see this couple, the leaders of a large prayer group in the Archdiocese of Bombay, who had been knocking at my door early that morning at the retreat house in Bandra, a suburb of Mumbai. I…
Every Gospel begins with the invitation 'Come?', and ends with the command 'Go!' (Mk 3:13,14;16:16). Jesus first bids Peter, 'Come, Follow me' and then commands him, 'Go, Feed my sheep' (Jn 21:19,17). He first leads the three apostles up to…
The First Penetcost at Jerusalem; in the Upper Room It was for me, a pilgrim to the Holy Land, an unforgettable Passover experience to have spent Holy Week, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, in Jerusalem - in the footsteps…
In the Synoptic Gospels, the public ministry of Jesus starts with his Baptism in the Holy Spirit in the river Jordan and, after an intervening period of 40 days of fasting in the desert, with the temptations by the Evil…
Have you ever wondered why the Gospel narratives of the ministry of Jesus begin with the episode of John the Baptist baptizing Jesus in the River Jordan, which may seem to be such a trivial incident? Or why Pope John…
The Charismatic Renewal is often accused of focusing only on Social Prayer, by confining itself to the routine prayer meetings, and not fostering Social Concern, by interacting with the marginalized and downtrodden, and much less involving itself in Social Action,…
Jesus knew that this would be his Final Passover, his Last Paschal Meal or Supper, with his apostles in this world. For he was aware that the time had come for him to leave the world, even though his mission…
Two thousand years ago, the angel Gabriel of heaven announced to the virgin Mary of Nazareth, that she would conceive by the power of the Holy Spirit and give birth to a son, whose name should be Jesus (i.e. Saviour),…
"Father, I pray that they will be completely one as we are one" (Jn 17:23) The Need for Unity: About one fifth of the Gospel of John is devoted just to the final, or so called farewell, discourse of Jesus…
"God had anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and because God was with him, Jesus went about doing good, and healing all who had fallen into the power of the devil" (Acts 10:38) It was in 1976…
It was during the week after Easter Sunday, some years ago, that, as I went round blessing the houses of my parish, in the Archdiocese of Bombay, a pastoral responsibility that was for me never an irksome obligation but a…
In a certain city ten serial unrelated murders were committed with no apparent motive. For more than a year the police were unable to nab the perpetrators of these heinous crimes. Then one of them made a slip and the…
Pray Constantly! Never Stop Praying! (1Thes 5:17) What does St. Paul mean when he tells the Christians of Thessalonika, "Pray constantly," or "Never stop praying," or "Pray without ceasing"? We need to answer the more basic question: What then did…