St. John, the Apostle is one of the most interesting and intense people in the Bible. He is also known as St. John the Evangelist, John of Patmos and the Beloved Disciple. His feast is celebrated on 27th December. He was the son of Zebedee and Salome, and the brother of St. James ‘The Great‘. St. John was called to be an apostle by Jesus in the first year of His ministry and was the closest to Him during that time. It is said that St. John along with St. Peter and St. James formed the inner circle of Jesus. These three were the only witnesses of the raising of Jairus’ daughter from the dead. Continue reading
The life story of St. John can be beautifully summed up in these few lines:
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34).
His life’s struggles and persecutions formed the basis for his sanctification. Continue reading
I have been fascinated by St. Catherine ever since I learned that an infamous Portuguese General dedicated a Cathedral to her. If you are wondering what I am talking about, I am referring to the Se Cathedral at Old Goa, which was a remote Portuguese colony at the time. I have been a history buff for as long as I can remember, and it fascinated me that a man could give so much to a lady he never met.
Another reason I wanted to know more about this mysterious lady was because her feast day and my sister’s birthday happened to coincide. Further, the book of saints that I went through, left me asking more questions than answering the ones I already had. Continue reading
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!
– Psalm 150
This particular Psalm has always been one of my favorites. Psalm 150 calls us to praise the Lord with songs and music. Ever since my childhood, I’ve always loved music, so much so that I started music lessons very early and seriously considered it a career at one point. Singing and playing the violin was more than just a pastime or a hobby; it was something that truly gave me joy. Mass, church programs and the community gave me many opportunities to use my talents to glorify God and serve His people. Continue reading