The little girl was in the garden picking up berries that she was happily eating. She was relishing the sweet-sour taste of the fruit. She picked a bagful of the little treats, which she took home to enjoy.
Some of the berries were dirty, some wormy, some over-ripe and dried up, but she went through as many as she could. As expected, gorging herself on these berries led to her falling sick. Her parents were not too happy and forbade her from picking or eating the berries.Continue Reading
It’s been a couple of weeks since the National Singles conference ended and some of us might still be on a high from the event. But before everyone starts talking about the next one, I thought it’s best that I share about my personal experience at this conference, one that really set my soul on fire!Continue Reading
Every Brand has been designed/ developed and created with unique qualities that make them stand out. Example: In the case of a Mercedes Benz, the car is known for its finesse & engineering excellence. Now, if the brand no longer displays the original, unique qualities that it stands for, then it can no longer be considered faithful to its originally intended brand image. So, for example, if Mercedes Benz started using cheap parts instead of the finest auto parts, also began reducing the price so that it becomes more affordable, and made cars that are tacky & not comfortable, it would then lose its uniqueness and the purpose for which it was created. So if there is a lesson that we can learn from the above example, it is that if a brand no longer possesses its original uniqueness and qualities that it was originally designed with, then, it has lost its purpose. The brand would then be totally rejected. Similarly, a Christian is created unique in the image and likeness of God. This calls us to be like him, failing this; we are living a life contrary to our calling. What will losing our purpose lead to? Being frustrated, empty, frequent ups and downs and being limited to what I see before me.Continue Reading
Our parish, St. Anthony’s Friary is run by the Franciscans, Order of Friar Minor. Everything about our parish – the Franciscans, their contagious warmth, the chapel where the Blessed Sacrament is exposed, the friary garden and the friary itself, fills me with a sense of awe. One of my best friends, an old friar gave me a book titled ‘A New Kind of Fool‘ by Christopher Coelho which was about the life of Saint Francis of Assisi. The whole experience of reading the book about Saint Francis left me with a new found fascination for this great saint, and leading me to consider him as one of my favorite saint. After learning about his way of life, I felt truly inspired. I love nature and one of the reasons I could relate to Saint Francis is due to his sublime love for nature too. Saint Francis is the patron saint of ecology, animals and merchants. Out of the many instances in his life, one popular story is about a fierce wolf in the town of Gubbio which devoured not only animals, but humans as well. The whole town lived in terror because of this, but St. Francis was not afraid H went out to meet the wolf, blessed it, and and made peace with it. The wolf decided to no longer kill and the townsfolk in return made sure the wolf had plenty to eat every day. Thus he not only brought peace to the town of Gubbio but also built friendship between the townsfolk and the wolf. Continue Reading