Quepem Campus Retreat

The CFCI Singles of the Porvorim Chapter organized their first ever “Campus Retreat” for the students of Pope John XXII Higher Secondary, Quepem on the 12th and 13th of September 2018, with Joshua Silveira heading the Retreat Team. The service team began preparations in earnest but with very less time in hand and scepticism about the receptiveness of the participants’ stirred nervousness as the morning of the retreat dawned. However, the team approached the situation with strong trust and faith in God, holding on to the promise that the Lord would go before them and prepare the path. Continue reading


St. Jeanne Jugan

The more the humility, the better the littleness!

Jeanne Jugan grew up in a small town in revolutionary France, in 1792. Times were tough as violence ruled during those days. For thousands, begging was a way of life. Those who openly practiced their faith were not merely ridiculed but they were imprisoned or killed. Jeanne received her faith formation secretly and at great risk, from her mother and a group of women who belonged to a lay movement. Later, she went to work as a kitchen maid for a wealthy family. Continue reading


A Cheerful Giver

Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for with the measure you give will be the measure you get back. (Luke 6:38)

A few years ago, I attended a retreat where I was really touched by the talk on tithing. I was pretty familiar with the concept but always wondered how I would be able to do it willingly. St Paul writes in his letter to the Corinthians that

God loves a cheerful giver; (2 Cor 9:7)

but putting this into practice meant letting go of part of my monthly salary, something that was pretty hard to do. Continue reading