Faith at Work

Sacrament: A moment of Encounter

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

Faith at Work

I want to Break Free

I was intrigued by the story of a famous paediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson, who in 1987 performed the first ever surgery on Siamese twins, and separated them after a 22 hour long surgery.

Imagine being attached to another human being. The numerous restrictions on each other, multiple health problems and various other difficulties. Basically, one will not be able to live his/ her life properly.

While we may not have seen any such Siamese twins or had any in our family, the fact remains, whether we choose to admit it or live in denial, we have numerous things in life that we are attached to. Continue reading

Personal Relationships

Strategic Time Out

I was watching tennis on television one day and two of the best players in the world were fighting for the title. I remember it was a match worth watching; brilliant strokes, amazing serves and a great display of skill that made it difficult to predict a winner till the very end. Just when my favorite player was marching towards victory, the opponent asked for a time out. “WHAAAATTTT???? What nonsense is this? A time out at this point in the game?” These were the thoughts running through my mind.

When the match resumed, the opponent came back stronger, more focused and ultimately went on to defeat my favorite player. I remember sitting there angry and frustrated, not knowing what went wrong until I narrowed down my analysis to the time out. It was the ‘TIME OUT’ that ruined the game. But then again, think about the opponent. The ‘time out’ for him was a game changer. It is what won him the title. Continue reading

Faith at Work

Mission Mercy

While studying in the 12th grade, I had a Biology professor named Mercy Thomas. Though she was named Mercy, she wasn’t exactly the best ambassador for it. I remember pleading to her endlessly to forgive me for all the wrongs that I did (which were definitely quite a lot) but I still ended up getting punished every single time. Continue reading