Personal Relationships

Renewing Families

Families are the primary unit which plays a crucial role in the society in general and the Church in particular.
Today significant changes on the social, political and economic front are posing several challenges to families and society at large. On the Christian level, there is a breakdown of Christian values. The teachings of the Catholic Church are being distorted. Thus, families are losing their true nature and purpose of its participation in the mission of the Church. Many people get married but very few are prepared to embrace the sacrament of Matrimony without losing its essence. Prayer life and sacramental life in the family have drastically declined. Continue reading

Personal Relationships

A stepwise process of forgiving others by the love of Christ

Forgiving others in our lives is very important for us despite the inner wounds that are caused by them. We are all created in the image and likeness of God, and he has created us to love others. The most significant example of forgiving one’s brothers is in the Old Testament when Joseph forgives his brothers even after they sold him into slavery to the Egyptians. (Genesis 45:1-15). When we are wronged, we can either respond by seeking revenge or we can choose to forgive. If we choose revenge, our lives will be consumed by anger, self-pity and hatred. When vengeance is sought, it still leaves one unsatisfied and empty for one cannot recover a lost friendship or relationship or a lost loved one. However, forgiveness allows us to shift our focus from an individual and move on. Eventually, it bestows us with inner peace within our hearts. Forgiving others is rewarding to the person who does so, and even to the one who receives forgiveness. It can also set a chain of positive events for him/her to do the same to others. Continue reading

Personal Relationships

Death Cleaning

A rather intriguing title comprising of 2 topics that most of us dislike: Dying and Cleaning. Yet, the only thing that none of us can change is the fact that we will die one day. So what then is the meaning of this term ‘death cleaning’? Continue reading

Personal Relationships

Reflecting God’s Family

For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is name, that according to the riches of his glory… [that you may] know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
~ Ephesians 3:14, 15 &19

Marriage and Family were created by God (Genesis 1:27-28, Genesis 2:22-24), so that we His people could live as he does, in love and unity and reflect His presence in the world by the way we live as a family. Through this, we see that God has a clear vision and purpose for Christian families Continue reading