On 22nd May, the Roman Catholic Church celebrates the feast of St. Rita of Cascia, the patron saint of “the impossible“. Much like our beloved ‘Goencho Saib‘ St. Francis Xavier, St. Rita’s body lies incorrupt at the Basilica of Cascia in Umbria, Italy. Here is her life in a nutshell.
Born as Margherita Lotti, she was married forcibly at an early age to an abusive husband whom she never gave up on. She prayed for him and offered regular sacrifices. She was kind and patient with him and expressed great humility in all her dealings with him. Continue reading
In the midst of a Judean desert, after a long journey through Jericho, I reached a stretch of hills. This is commonly referred to as, “ The mountain of Temptation” and also known as Mount Quarnatani and Jabel Quruntul, derived from the Latin word for forty. I expected to see a tall mountain whose peak I wouldn’t be able to view from the ground; but instead what stood before me was a small series of hills. A lone cable car took me to the top of the hill for a view of Jordan. Continue reading
If you have watched the movie Marcelino, you cannot miss Manvel – his imaginary friend, whom he spoke to and confided in often. Even though Manvel was just a figment of Marcelino’s imagination, to the little boy he was his constant companion, his friend. So real and tangible was Manvel to Marcelino that in the end he even conquers his fears with the help of this friend.
The saints are a gift from God to us. What a privilege to have these holy people who can be our constant friends and guides through life. They draw our attention to God and show us that a life of sanctity and holiness is attainable. It is an invitation to every single person, not just a chosen few. Every Person has a call and that call is to be holy, to be a saint. Continue reading
From ancient times, Celtic warriors have struck terror in the hearts of their enemies. Nobody ever wanted to mess with them.
Jean Grignon looks like he descended from these wild warriors for nobody wanted to mess with him either. He was known to have the most fiery temper in all of Brittany, one of the 6 Celtic nations. Continue reading