Saint Alphonsa-the passion flower of Bharananganam (a village in Kerala) or Alphonsamma as she was fondly called, is the first woman of Indian origin to be canonized as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church in 2008, and the first canonized saint of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. Continue reading
Saints have a unique way of entering into our lives and helping us know more about Jesus Christ simply by the way they lived their lives. Let me recount how I chanced upon the wonderfully simple and grace filled life of St. Isidore, whose feast the church celebrates today.
Our CFCI community in Chennai has the practise of hosting the annual All Saints day celebration. We get the kids dressed up as their favourite saint and join together as a community to celebrate the lives of the saints and thank God for them. Continue reading
My name is Samuel and I am a 4th grader. As far as I can remember, my mother sought the intercession of St. Dominic Savio for me. She would tell me stories of saints especially child saints. I was particularly interested in St. Dominic Savio. I was attracted to the way he lived his life as a child and the choices he made for the love of God. Continue reading
It was two years ago when I was feeling weighed down in my personal life and in my service in the community that God spoke to my heart. He simply said, ‘turn to my mother, learn from her‘. He also confirmed His message through a sister in the community.
It was mother Mary who had led me to her son. Then somehow, she got sidelined in my life. But now Jesus was giving her back to me. He was saying to me from the cross, as He said to the apostle john ‘behold your mother‘, so that she could be my close companion in my walk with Him. Continue reading