22 Week: Thursday 3 September 2020

Readings: 1 Cor 3:18-23 and Lk 5:1-11Memory of St. Gregory the GreatThe Great catch! “Because of Your Word I will cast the nets”. These words were the meaningful reply of Peter to Jesus in the Gospel of today. But what word? And with what authority? This reminds me of a Priest, who was well known for his pastoral work in the field of family counselling, was asked by a little boy: Father, how can a priest, not married, can give so much of advice to couples without the experience of married life. This is quite similar to the Gospel narration … Continue reading 22 Week: Thursday 3 September 2020

Thursday 20th August 2020

Today the Church keeps the memory  of St. Bernard. Religious Orders, like the people of Israel, had their ups and downs, days of fervor and days of  laxity.  The monastery of  of Citeaux was founded for  the purpose of bringing the Benedcitine Order back to its original life of poverty and religious discipline. In 1112 Bernard joined this monastery  along with  four of his brothers and twenty four friends. Bernard took his religious life and duties seriously, so much so, that after three years of life in the monastery at Citeaux  he was asked to go and start a monastery … Continue reading Thursday 20th August 2020

Wednesday 19 August 2020

The memory of St Eudes tells us that God even now cares for his Church as he cared for the people of Israel. As he sent prophets to remind Israel about their duty to God, we find in time of need in the Church God sending saints to remind the Church about things that seems to have been forgotten. When there was so much social difference between the rich and the poor, God sent  St. Dominic  who was able to bring the two groups together and proclaim that in the sight of God we are all Children of God, that … Continue reading Wednesday 19 August 2020

Tuesday 18 August 2020

The Church today honours a Saint little known to us. She is from Madagascar and her name is Blessed Victoria Rasoamanarivo (1848 – 1894) just 46 years old. She belonged to a powerful family, educated by the Jesuits and the sisters of the congregation of St. Joseph of Cluny. Her Catholic education made a strong impression on her and she asked to be received into the Church, against the wishes of her parents. When persecution against the Church broke out in her country, her parents persuaded her to return to her pagan religion, but she refused. On the contrary she … Continue reading Tuesday 18 August 2020