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

Personal Relationships

Mercy Beckons

Be merciful just as your Heavenly Father is merciful (Luke 6:36)

I had just begun operating a patient when the nurse informed me that a mother brought her son who had stuffed a chickpea up his right nostril. She seemed frantic but there was nothing I could do at that moment and since my surgery would last at least 3 hours, I told the nurse to tell her to sit down and wait. Continue reading

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The turning point in our Family

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

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The Fifth Gospel

You can attract more bees with a spoonful of honey than with a barrel of vinegar

Before thinking that I have just committed heresy by adding another gospel to the existing 4, I invite you to continue reading further to know more. Continue reading