Editorial – July 2019

As I browsed through some of my old messages, I came across one which instantly made me spend a minute to read it all over again. The opening sentence made me sit up and accept the reality of today’s modern world.
“With what is going on in the world these days, Heaven could end up a ghost town”…. thus goes the opening sentence, I am referring to. We all know the after effects of earthquakes, cyclones, floods, tsunamis. Even if we have not seen such calamities in person, videos, movies or pictures have made us shiver in fright, at times giving us no time to react. The fury of such disasters is such that villages and towns are completely destroyed and washed away with no trace of life, whether human or otherwise. Literally, with none around, the village or town transforms into a ghost village or ghost town. Read more

Do Not Let Us Fall Into Temptation

The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. And Jesus taught them a prayer which we all know today as the ‘Lord’s prayer’ – the Our Father (Lk 11: 1-4). The prayer has been handed over to numerous generations, translated into hundreds of languages and said at various prayers and services. But a small phrase within the prayer – do not lead us into temptation – always raised eyebrows, because that seemed to go against the very idea of who God is. How can a God who is ‘All Good’ and ‘All Holy’ lead us, frail human beings, into temptations? Keeping in mind these thoughts a need was felt to study the phrase in question and come out with a better translation of the phrase from the original text. Read more

Generations of Love

Foreword:
When I was requested to pen a few lines on the topic “Grand Parents”, with a request that it should not exceed one or one-and-half page, that too by someone who is presently a grandparent himself, I was apprehensive because this was such an extensive theme, and I was sure that it was going to be difficult to adhere to that threshold. However as I narrate it in a nutshell and as a grandparent myself, it is a fact that, because I found this phase in my life the most gratifying, rewarding, and fulfilling and therefore in as much as I enjoyed writing it, I hope you all, will enjoy reading it. Read more

The Girl Who Resented Rain

Duh! Realizing that monsoons are approaching would really annoy me. Yes you read it right. I hate the rains. This was my thought a few days ago, but not anymore. You may call it my unearthing moment. The lush greenery all around, the pitter-patter of rain drops, the fragrance of soil, the rain drops hitting the tree leaves, the faded sunlight peeking through the dark clouds, actually looks breathtaking! It so happened that I found myself walking along the lake while it was pouring from up above. I heard the frogs, I saw the weeds along the shore, algae and moss thriving with life, the rain creating tiny ripples in the water, the insects and birds bathing in glory.. Yes it was my instance of truth, I was a believer filled with awe. I had fallen for the rain. Read more

HIGHLIGHTING THE IMPORTANCE OF A HEALTHY MIND

Over several years of practice as a physician, I have noted a trend ,that people often dedicate a lot of time and energy towards physical health , while that of the mind is almost always sidelined or considered of less importance and for some ,they are totally unaware of the role of the mind on their health. But today, this trend is changing, and there is an increasing awareness on the importance of mental health and that it is equal or more important than physical health. The truth lies in the fact that, both health of body and health of mind are interlinked. Read more

ST.THOMAS, APOSTLE OF INDIA

Tradition tells us that Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus, after evangelizing other parts of the East, came to India. He evangelized many parts of this country, especially the South and finally received the martyr’s crown at Mylapore. The feast of St. Thomas is celebrated on 3rd of July.
There are three scenes in John’s Gospel where we meet with Thomas the apostle. Read more

The Brown Scapular

“Whosoever dies clothed in this Scapular shall not suffer eternal fire.” – words of Our Lady to Saint Simon Stock
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Mary being our mother wants us to be saved, for which she gave us a wonderful gift of the “Brown Scapular” with a promise that those who wear Her Brown Scapular shall not suffer eternal fire. Only a fool can doubt about Mother Mary’s promise and refrain from wearing the Carmelite mantel. Read more

10 Money Mantras to Achieve Financial Freedom

What is the first thought that comes to your mind when you think about money? Is it just a piece of printed paper?
Did you ever hear phrases like ‘Money is the root cause of all evil’ or ‘You can not be rich, as well as, spiritual’ or ‘Money cannot buy you happiness’?
Well, the one thing that differentiates man from animals is financial worries. Financial stress is one of the biggest causes for 90% of the sickness that human beings suffer. And the root cause of all this is a lack of financial literacy. Read more

ST. ANNE AND SAINT JOACHIM

The Solemn feast of St. ANNE and ST. JOACHIM spouse of St. Anne is celebrated on 26th July. However some Churches celebrate the feast on the Sunday preceding 26th. In Goa we have many Churches and Chapels dedicated to St. Anne and St. Joachim and even one village is named SANTANA. Read more