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While Mathew, Mark, Luke and Paul speak of the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper, John highlights the washing of the disciple's feet. Service is a constitutive part of the Eucharist that the couple are called to live…
After 36 years of being enriched by thousands of Catholic couples, I would like to offer you this creed. Share it with your friends. Have faith in God's love and providence rather than dependence on money, power, status. Seek God's…
There are celebrities like film stars and actors who are very beautiful and handsome with well-proportioned, sculpted bodies that their fans admire. Their extraordinary beauty or imposing physical presence sets…
Most people put a lot of time, money and energy into preparing for a wedding. What will we wear? What will we eat? What music will we play? Where will we hold the reception? The day comes and goes. What…
Why are Ronnie and Rachael attracted to each other and choose to become help mates and life-companions ? Or in the case of an arranged marriage, what expectations do Joe and Jane have of the partner that their parents have…
As we enter into the holy season of Advent, a time of waiting with eager expectation for Christmas, we ask ourselves what this waiting means in our family. Is it waiting to celebrate a feast day, the 25th December, birthday…
The Jewish people for centuries, waited with eager longing for the promised Messiah. Many expected him to come in power and glory to overthrow the Roman occupation troops and establish his kingdom in Jerusalem. These expected a privileged place in…
Pray to the Holy Spirit and then prayerfully read Matthew 26: 36-56 I think of people I know who are suffering intensely and have asked me to pray for them. They may be suffering physically, emotionally or spiritually and need…
When Gladys Staines was told that her husband Graham and two small sons, Philip and Timothy had been burnt alive, she forgave their murderers. People were stunned by her ability…
I love to be free. I do not like to be controlled or forced to do something unless I freely accept it as God's will for me. God has set me free from the law and poured the Spirit into…
Jesus began his public ministry with his baptism in the Jordon, when he was anointed by the Holy Spirit for his mission of redemption. He is the son who is also the suffering servant prophesied by Isaiah centuries before that.…
A very practical way of sustaining a healthy, intimate relationship in marriage is be protective of your marriage and family. Give your spouse priority over all other people and let…
God loves us and welcomes us to return to his loving embrace. He is the Father whose eyes are always on the road, waiting for his prodigal son to return…
Christmas is a time of home-coming for children who are away at boarding school or living in a college hostel. Grown-up children who are living elsewhere come home too to…
"Change my heart O Lord; make it ever new. Change my heart O Lord. May I be like you." We invite the Divine Potter to remove our sinful hearts of…
The first characteristic of the Missionaries of Charity, as we saw, is Loving Trust. The second characteristic is Total Surrender. The third is Cheerfulness. Mother Teresa reminds her Sisters: "May you always be joyful in your union with the Lord. It is this…
I was told a story by a young lady who came for baptism some years ago. Mona was given away, as a child, by her mother to a rich relative…
One of my favourite stories is O. Henry's "The gift of the Magi." It is about a young couple who were poor. She had long beautiful, brown hair and used to look longingly at some tortoise-shell combs in the shop…
As a child, when examining your conscience, you perhaps looked at a list of do's and dont's which you infringed and then confessed them: I pulled my sister's hair; I…
"Hail Queen of Heaven, the ocean star, guide of the wanderer here below Thrown on life's surge, we claim they care Save us from peril and from woe. Mother of Christ, star of the sea Pray for the wanderer, pray for me" I spent 3…
Pray to the Holy Spirit and prayerfully reflect on John 19:25-30 John speaks of Mary as Woman at the start and the end of Jesus ministry. She is the new Eve, mother of the living who is there when he…
Suffering is a part of every stage of your journey as husband and wife. As you begin to adjust to each other as newly-weds, each one has to die to…
I am just reading a book entitled "Into the heart of faith", by Dennis Billy C.Ss.R., in which the author spells out ten steps on one's faith journey. (Liguori Publications…
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph is celebrated on the Sunday after Christmas. What is our goal for our family? To be a happy family? To be a…
In every home and every marriage, there are good times and bad, sickness and health, riches and poverty, somewhere in the journey of man and wife. In good times one…
Read Luke 2 verses 41 to 52 after praying to the Holy Spirit to enlighten us how we can live this mystery in our lives. When I was four years old I was lost in the zoo. We had all…
As a seminarian, I used to visit a Red Cross Home for ex-servicemen in Bangalore. The majority of them suffered from spinal injuries which left them paralysed. Most of these patients were in their twenties. They did not live long,…
As Christmas approaches, the shopping malls are decorated with fairy lights, Christmas trees and Santa Claus to encourage people to buy gifts. We receive greeting cards from family and friends who are thinking of us fondly and wish us Christ's…
When you travel in a second class sleeper coach in India, it may happen that someone else is occupying your berth. When you show them your reserved ticket, you may…
"So God created man in his image; in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." God blessed them and said to them : 'Be fruitful and increase in number' (Gen 1:27f) "Yahweh God said,…
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