Couples for Christ Chennai organised a weekend couple’s retreat based on the scripture,
“As the Father has loved me I have loved you. Abide in My love.” ~ John 15:9
The retreat was held from 23rd September to 25th September 2016, at Dhyana Ashram in Mylapore. Families across Chennai participated in the retreat. In spite of setbacks, illness and apprehensions 16 families set aside this time for God. Continue reading
The kid’s village was held on 13th September 2016 at Don Bosco school Panjim. Kids from all the chapters in Goa had come to attend the same. The theme was “I too can be a Saint“. As the kids arrived at the venue, bubbling with energy and enthusiasm, they were welcomed by the youth and singles who would be their big brothers and sisters for the rest of the day. The model saints that were chosen were St. Dominic Savio and St. Therese of Lisieux as the kids would be able to relate to them easily. The program began with a short time of praise led by the band, Christ Avenue. All the kids praised and thanked God earnestly as well as danced their little hearts out during this time. Later groups were formed based on their age and they had their big brothers and sisters as tribe leaders who led them through the different workshops. The kids were very energetic and happy as they got into their groups and started mixing around and making new friends. Continue reading
For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:13-14)
Time is a gift given to us by God; how we choose to spend it is our gift to Him. I spend some of mine at an orphanage, just playing with the kids, looking after them and learning from them. In this particular home I visit, there are a number of kids ranging from new-borns to around six year olds, however my heart goes out to these two particular kids. One is a little boy with hydrocephalus(a condition in which fluid accumulates in the brain, typically in young children, enlarging the head and sometimes causing brain damage.) while the other is a new-born baby devoid of pupils and with a cleft palate(a congenital split in the roof of the mouth). The thing is, of all the perfectly formed children there, it is these two that bring the most joy to me and I often wonder, why would their parents give away such a bundle of joy? Then, I stop and consider the fact that maybe they couldn’t manage to bring up the child and I thank God that at least they brought the child into the world. But how many of us on seeing such children often wonder why the parents didn’t choose to abort the child instead, and save them from a life that we would consider to be one of misery? Continue reading
The feast of the Nativity of Mary and the Sunday preceding Christmas are the two days in the year when the Church exhorts the faithful on the gospel reading of the genealogy of Jesus Christ taken from Matthew Chapter 1.
Year after year as the priest would read this gospel, I would sit wondering why the Church was crazy enough to choose such a reading with so many complicated names. Most of them were unheard of.
So why lay so much stress on the family history of Jesus? After years of just sitting and listening, I decided to take a closer look and what I found frankly astounded me. Continue reading