Of all the prophets, Jonah is perhaps the most reluctant, and his struggle with sin is not hidden. In the following meditation, we shall see how the book of Jonah beautifully portrays sin and God’s love for sinners. Continue reading
Dr. Ehrlson de Sousa
Dr. Ehrlson de Sousa is currently a senior resident doctor in ENT at Goa Medical College. He hails from Porvorim and is an active member of Couples for Christ India, for over 15 years. Apart from writing for medical journals both national and international, his love and reverence for the teachings of the church inspired him to start writing about the catholic faith. His daily bible reflections offer great encouragement in the lives of many people, both young and old. He aspires to be a Saint and enjoys playing chess and table tennis in his free time.
Today’s world is so hell bent on perfection that even a tiny defect is viewed with disdain.
Top brands reject clothes with small flaws, parents abort babies with structural imperfections, pilots are dismissed with even negligible visual failings, army recruits are not selected even if they have insignificant health issues and the list goes on. In short, the world has grown to despise and hate defective people and things.
It is at such a time that the world needs a “defective” role model. Who better to look to than Jesus Christ himself? This statement may shock you, as it did the Roman Curia when Archbishop Francis Van Thuan preached the spiritual exercises in 2000 and among many other things spoke of the 5 defects of Jesus Christ.
So let us learn more about our “defective” Lord. Continue reading
I had a classmate who frequently suffered from bouts of depression and suicidal thoughts. One day, after unsuccessfully attempting to end her life, she approached me for help. Among many things, I spoke to her about Jesus and his love for us. She did not have many friends but it was this one encounter that apparently transformed her life, as I would find out years later. She is now doing very well in her career, prays regularly and never again has had thoughts of despair or suicide. Continue reading
A couple of days ago, I went for a tiatr titled: “From darkness to light“. The tiatr was brilliant, but what caught my attention was a scene right at the end. Cyrus and Roysten were best friends in high school. During that time Cyrus had introduced his friend to cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, pornography and much more. By the grace of God and with the help of numerous retreats, prayers and counselling sessions with priests, Cyrus was able to get out of his addiction. His friend however was unable to change, even though many sought to help him. His health kept deteriorating and ultimately he died. Continue reading