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Even as the Tiber flowed, so did my thoughts. I reflected on the words that a very dear friend of mine wrote in her letter for my birthday. “You know ... almost daily I come to you ... talk to…
Long before dawn, in the cold stillness of early morning the birds have already begun chanting their lauds as they praise the Lord with grateful song awaiting the gift of yet another sunrise and yet another day. Where was this…
All roads lead to Rome but only one way leads to the Father. And that one way is Jesus. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He is the surest way and the shortest way. All other ways…
Today makes two years to the date that I left Bombay to take up this assignment at the Pontifical Council for Culture at'the Vatican. Much water has flowed down the Tiber since. I recalled the night I flew. The plane…
Winter is often regarded as drab dreary and dull when Nature seems to be so very dormant. While that may be true, winter has a beauty of its own. It reveals reality as it is without thefrills and fancies and…
Thousands must have seen it at the stadium where the match was played. Millions like me must have watched it on television that evening. The match continued and then followed an investigation into the biting incident. FIFA, the world body…
It had rained right through the night. This morning, the Tiber looked so full as it hurriedly flowed past as though wanting to give more generously and quickly what it had received all night long. The more we receive, the…
Crack! Even before I knew what had happened a branch came crashing down as I walked along the Tiber this morning! There it lay bare and broken on the pavement condemned to death and decay. As long as it adorned…
It is a terrible cancer, far worse than physical cancer: the cancer of careerism. Clerics, they say, are more prone to contract it. Once it grips you, it eats into you and destroys you from within. Compared to it, the…
“Take what you need from the land, but need what you take.” A priceless pearl of wisdom coming from the treasury of indigenous people. These people are at times referred to with condescending compassion as the fourth world, written off…
The flowing waters of the Tiber made me reflect on the cleansing waters of repentance. The words of Peter came to mind: "Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinner!" (Lk 5:8). Did Peter really want Jesus to leave…
It is -2° this morning. As I walked along the Tiber I remembered another cold night with the chill wind blowing. We priests had finished dinner having spent a wonderful evening together, visiting at his residence one of our very…
I do not travel now as much as I used to when I served at the Vatican. Besides the annual holiday to Mumbai which I looked forward to, – the Vatican reflected Mother Church’s maternal concern and care for its…
"When elephants fight the deer is the victim". This Oriental saying contains much wisdom and truth. One sees this drama enacted not too infrequently on the human stage. I recall how a priest friend of mine at the defence of…
Death, my enemy or my friend? Or both? I know I have the assurance of my faith that teaches me that death is but a threshold to life, that life is changed, not ended, that the cross of Jesus has…
I brought before my mind's eye as I walked along the Tiber, the number of faces I saw and gazed at while travelling by train this morning: the face of a child with such sparkling eyes so full of wonder;…
Days, weeks, months and years have passed but the Tiber flows. Generations have been born and have passed away, but the Tiber flows. Civilisations have risen and fallen, but the Tiber flows. The incessant flow of the Tiber reminds me…
The way to union with God and the way of union with God. These two phrases at first sight seem identical. Are they really? ‘The way to union with God’ would imply that God is found only at the end…
It had rained the whole of last night. God had showered His bounteous blessings on the Tiber which was in full flow. It seemed in a hurry to give egged on by a pressing generosity. How true this is! The…
To love is to live and to live one must love. Only he who loves, lives because he who loves, lives in God and God lives and loves in him. And God alone lives. He alone IS. His alone is…
With my eastern roots and Western branches I have had the opportunity and good fortune of being able to visit quite a few countries in the world and encounter a wide diversity of cultures and customs. From these visits I…
They call it `temporale' in Italian, those stormy gusty winds that almost sweep you off your feet and make the branches and boughs of the maples along the Tiber shake and shudder as they cling tenaciously to one another like…
"Prayer arises, if at all, from incompetence, otherwise there is no need of it." These words, coming as they do from the little Doctor of the Church, St Therese of the Child Jesus, struck me so deeply this morning as…
The gusty winds rustling through the leaves of the maples along the Tiber sounded like a doleful dirge, and the very boughs seemed to sigh in mourning. My thoughts went back to Giuseppina whom I had the privilege of visiting…
It is autumn: the fall. A season that reminds me of the transitoriness of all that is terrestrial. As I walked along the Tiber, I saw a dried leaf fall. Beholding it was a sheer delight. It sailed so smoothly,…
My thoughts along the Tiber this morning were on the theme of the Plenary Assembly of this Dicastery that we just concluded: "HOW TO SPEAK OF GOD TO PEOPLE TODAY"*. There was so much inspired thinking and so many insights…
Even though it happened more than a decade back, I remembered the event with all its minute details. I had arrived from Mumbai at Fiumicino airport in Rome. The Oblates of St. Joseph with whom I lived were there to…
Two different experiences with the same underlying lesson came to my mind as I walked along the Tiber this morning. The first was a letter from a dear friend whom I have seen grow from a boy into a man…
As a student of philosophy at the seminary, I remember beginning with Ontology, the study and science of being. The course was in Latin and one of the first truths I learned stated: Omne ens est unum, verum, bonum et…
In my life, there has always been some sunshine and some rain. But then you came along and showed me how to make rainbows." I have received few compliments better than this coming from a young religious sister whom I…
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