The Corona Pandemic –
A Spiritual Introspection – Part II

A Call to Simplicity in Lifestyle Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world. – 1 Jn 2:15 The present situation of the pandemic has led to reduced business, job losses and salary cuts. Many of us are now […]

The Corona Pandemic –
A Spiritual Introspection – Part I

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A Time to “Walk on Water” When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the sea, they were utterly terrified! Well, who wouldn’t be! If any of us were in that situation, would we react any differently?! Jesus reassured them by saying, “It is I, do not be afraid.” After this, a very interesting conversation arose […]

The Call to Witness to Christ – Every Catholic has it! Part II

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PART 2 –  Inputs from the Catholic Church Edited by Fr. Joaquim Lobo and published in Sangati, Jan 2018 (Salesian Magazine, Goa) A few lines from the Vatican-2 Document “Lumen Gentium”, 1964 The Lay Apostolate is a participation in the salvific mission of the Church itself. Through their Baptism and Confirmation, all are commissioned to […]

The Call to Witness to Christ – Every Catholic has it! Part I

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PART 1 –  Misconceptions of the word ‘vocation‘ Edited by Fr. Joaquim Lobo and published in Sangati, Jan 2018 (Salesian Magazine, Goa) In the present era, our lack of understanding of the word ‘vocation’ has resulted in various negative consequences, one being that zeal and fervent love for service in God’s Kingdom has reduced among […]

Online Mass – Not the Real Thing, but yet Wonderful! (Part II)

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Edited by Fr. Joaquim Lobo and published in Sangati, June 2020 (Salesian Magazine, Goa) PART 2  –  Lessons through “Spiritual Communion” Through the Lockdown experience, many have learnt about Spiritual Communion, which, if applied in the physical setting in the future when churches re-open, will surely yield a spiritual treasure. Receiving Communion now becomes a […]

Online Mass – Not the Real Thing, but yet Wonderful!

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Edited by Fr. Joaquim Lobo and published in Sangati, June 2020 (Salesian Magazine, Goa) PART 1 –   Coronavirus  – the gift we didn’t ask for The season of the pandemic has thrown lives and lifestyles out of order. For months together, going to church and being at Mass was not an option since all religious […]

40 Bible Verses EVERY Catholic should know!

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Introduction: These bible verses, among many others, provide a basic foundation for the Christian faith to be lived out. With the help of the Holy Spirit, a knowledge and reflection of these verses can positively impact the daily lifestyle of a person in terms of attitudes and behaviour and cause a transformation within. They can […]

Your Repentance is the Key!

Written by Fr. Ronnie D’Souza, SJ and Vinay Silva A few tips for Confession Unless you repent, you will all perish… The words of Jesus in Luke 13:5 When we approach the Sacrament of Confession, we have to realise that the ‘Absolution’ that the ordained priest ministers to us will NOT be effective unless the […]

The unseen damage of Silence

“The most deadly poison of our times is indifference.” – St. Maximilian Kolbe. The opposite of Love is not Hate but Indifference. Observing wrongdoing and watching from a distance while keeping quiet about it in order to maintain peace and to avoid friction is actually enabling the situation at hand to get worse. Suppressing truth […]

The Word of God speaks to us – Are we listening?

Reading the Bible in 1 year It all begins with a thirst for God and a realization that it is ONLY in Him that we can be freed from ourselves to be the people we are meant to be. Obeying the 1st commandment of loving God with all your heart, strength, mind and soul (Lk […]