How blessed we are to have five senses! With our eyes we can behold the beauty of God’s creation. With our ears we can listen to the hymn of the universe. With our nose we can smell the fragrance that…
Trust, it is said, comes on foot but leaves on horseback! It takes a very long time to build trust. When you trust someone you feel safe and secure enough to surrender the key to the inner sanctum of your…
In this University no one ever graduates because one never stops learning. There are no qualifications required to enter; there is no age bar because children as well as very senior citizens can register; no degrees are conferred but there…
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…
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…
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…
It was a typically autumn evening, wet and windy. I was keen on visiting dear Uncle Jack. I knew him for well over a decade when I first came to Wales. He was full of wit and wisdom and loved…
Whether it was instinct, insight or intuition I do not know. But I do know that I felt deep within me the urge to call Mumbai. The local time there was well past nine at night and that is not…
“Do not be afraid.” No phrase in the Bible appears oftener. Scripture scholars and students opine that this phrase, or its equivalents like “Have no fear”, appears three hundred and sixty five times; others go further and say, three hundred…
The internet is a veritable blessing! I find it such a tool for ministry. It may not have the personal touch of a hand written letter as we respond to persons, but it has the advantage of instantaneity and immediacy.…
I have come across not a few descriptions of prayer ranging from the traditional to the modern. Prayer, is at times described as: the raising of the mind and heart to God; a hunger for God; a search for God;…
Mystics have their own masterly manner of expressing themselves. The truths they teach are both plain, profound and packed with power. More often than not, they speak more to the heart than to the head. I was seized by the…
In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines on 8 November, 2013, flattening the cities of Tacloban and Leyte as it roared and raged with a one minute sustained velocity of 196 miles per hour, spanning a width…
Senectus ipsa est morbus - Old age is itself an illness. Thus wrote Publius Terenzius Afer, who was born at Carthage, in the second century before Christ. Ironically, he who wrote about the handicaps and hurdles that the elderly must…
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…