I remember when I was going to receive the sacrament of confirmation. I was excited and thrilled. I was the youth version walking down the aisle, more like a preview to getting married. I remember the emphasis on what clothes to wear and how grand a party we will have after mass. It was an atmosphere of celebration and festivity, but largely limited to superficiality. As I reflect back, I feel that in this whole focus of inviting people for the party and deciding on what food I should serve, just to ensure that they do not gossip about how stingy we are, I missed out on a very important point – that I was going to encounter Jesus. Continue reading
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Everyone I’m sure has some memories of Holy Week celebrations. The liturgy of the Paschal Vigil itself is something surreal and when you add to that Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, you are left with liturgical celebrations that you just cannot forget.
When thinking of Holy week one cannot help, but recall the period of Lent; that long and arduous period of preparation, wherein we made a whole lot of resolutions and worked on ourselves (or did we? 😛 ). Continue reading
This isn’t a new topic at all for many of us. Many of us struggle in this area of trying to submit to people above us, especially when we believe that we are (supposedly) much better than the person who is in authority.
How much does authority mean in a community like ours? Is it relevant at all? Isn’t each one of us guided by the Holy Spirit? Can I not bank on the years of experience that I have serving God in different places to be able to take a call and challenge the call of the leader? Continue reading
Holiness cannot be pursued on our own, but is made possible by the love of the Father, the cross of Christ and the constant help of the Spirit working in us. Hence, we see that apart from God, Holiness is impossible, and that it consists of abiding in His love and mercy. By virtue of our baptism we have been grafted onto Jesus the vine, and so we are His branches. Continue reading