Confession to me used to be a once in six months routine. If I had a choice, I would choose not to return to the same priest. And I’d never look him in the eye while confessing. I felt too guilty. Continue reading
In a small town in Nazareth (a very unlikely place for the messianic era to begin), lived a pretty little girl named Mary. One bright sunny day,
the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a young virgin who was betrothed to Joseph, of the family of David. He came to her and said, “Rejoice full of Grace, the Lord is with you. You shall conceive and bear a son and you shall call Him Jesus. (Luke 1:26-28,31)
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