As the month of November, dedicated to the holy souls fades away, the somber feelings too recede. This is the fag end of the Liturgical Calendar and the New Calendar begins on the first Sunday of Advent. Advent is the season observed as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ at Christmas. For all of us, it is never too early to start preparing for this festive season, especially given how hectic things can get in December. Everyone wants Christmas to be a special occasion and it is always a special moment for the families in particular. Read more
Saint, Priest, Missionary (1506- 1552)
The patron saint of missionaries and one of the founders of the Jesuits order – the Society of Jesus was officially recognized by Pope Paul III in 1540. He was beatified by Pope Paul V on 25th Oct 1619 and canonized by Pope Gregory XV on March 12, 1622.
The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, free from original sin was by virtue of the merits of her Son Jesus Christ. God had pre-determined that Mary should be the mother of Jesus Christ, that is why, she was born without the stain of original sin. She was in a state of sanctifying grace from the first moment of her existence. All Catholics believe in this doctrine of Immaculate Conception. But Mary was not exempted from the temporal penalties of sorrow and bodily infirmities. Like any mother she was never separated from the sufferings of her Son.
India gained independence from the colonial British rule on 15th August 1947 and on 19th December 1961 Goa was officially ceded to India after 400 years of Portuguese rule. Looking back for those of you who were there to experience the moment as well as those who have read about it would surely be a mixed reaction – bemusing and somewhat satirical.
A part of the Inaugural Speech made by late President John F Kennedy on his election victory as the President of America and applauded by the people around the world is as follows.
The Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Family during the Christmas Octave. It commemorates the lives of Jesus, Mary and Joseph together in Nazareth. Veneration of the Holy Family formally began in the 17th century through Saint François de Laval, the first bishop of New France.
In 1954 Pedro Paul Rodrigues, a Goan tailor of Raia, 41 years of age and living in Bombay, came to Aquem with a view to invest in a home for his wife and seven children. His wife Laurente, put only one condition to him that the dwelling should be close to a church. He contacted Late. Joaquim Santana Dias whom he knew personally for guidance. Late Mr. Dias, (father of our good family friend, Felix Dias) suggested a bungalow that was for sale on a property known as “Rivontoloi – Batta alias santu xevoilam”. Pedro Paul bought this property from a Portuguese family. After various repairs to the bungalow, well and a surrounding compound, the place became presentable and livable. But sad to say, Pedro Paul passed away on 15th March 1958 not destined to live in this place he had bought.
When one goes back in time, it is always with a sense of nostalgia about the good old days when good health was in abundance and there was that feeling of contentment and well being. Why is that nowadays we have all these dreaded illnesses like diabetes, hypertension, cancer etc. taking their toll on an already stressed out populace?
So goes the Christmas song “Do you hear what I hear?” When we listen to this carol, every December we usually think its about hearing, seeing and knowing what happened the night Jesus was born. However the main intent of the couple who wrote the song was different.