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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…
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…
The first characteristic of the Missionaries of Charity, as we saw, is Loving Trust. The second characteristic is Total Surrender. In order to understand this we need to ask God's Spirit to help us understand with our hearts the meaning of God's…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
The Church is a mystery that cannot be explained adequately in words. Avery Dulles, helps us to understand the Church a little better by presenting us with five models namely the Church as Institution, as Mystical Communion, as Herald of…
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,…
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.…
A life long relationship takes effort and courage. Commitment, communication and couple prayer will help build your marriage. Work on it constantly, especially during difficult situations in your life. It is said that nothing happens unless you make it happen.…
A practical way of sustaining a healthy, intimate relationship is to "think team." Before marriage, even though you were part of the family you grew up in, you were finding your own identity as a single man or woman. Your…
"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,…
Very few married couples understand—and still less—live the fantastic plan that God has for them as a couple, to be lovers, to be bride and bridegroom to each other every day for a life-time in their domestic Church. But that…
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…
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…
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.…
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…
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…
Are you in communion with your spouse, your children, your extended family, your neighbours and your fellow parishioners? Are you of one heart and one mind with them? St Paul in Philippians 2/5, tells us how we can have the…
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…
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…