So that you may be the sons of your Father in heaven; for his sun gives light to the evil and to the good, and he sends rain on the upright man and on the sinner. Matthew 5:45
I was working in Saudi Arabia, and a few months before I was to visit India on my annual leave, Nancy, a very close family friend called up one of my brothers, Clifford. She told him that Jesus wanted us to pray specially that a particular block (which was not revealed) for my return to Saudi would be removed.read more »
Uncle Abraham was a big man. Six-plus feet tall, with age he had become bigger all around. However, even at 82 he had the energy and the vitality to drive to his farms and to oversee the planting … while making sure that his tennis games were not neglected.
But he was a much bigger man spiritually. read more »
Ours might be the family with the most number of Antony’s in the name ; thanks to the fact that my dad was Antony, he had six sons, and they have had sons… Well, we cannot complain. If Mother Mary wasn’t there, it is very likely that St Antony would top the list of the world’s best loved saints.
So, the question is why? Why did God give him such continued honour throughout these centuries… read more »
When needing quick breakthroughs, one of my aunts had a unique way to get it; she would offer masses for the souls in purgatory!read more »
Now, having pointed out what a priceless gift indulgences are, let us move on to the finer points.
First of all, it is very important to note is that the merits of indulgences can be transferred to souls in purgatory (think ‘communion of saints’) – which means we can help , and even take many of them to heaven DAILY! read more »
For some centuries now, Catholics have cringed on hearing the word Indulgence. Blurred images of a bearded Luther, cassocked figures leering as they grab silver coins.. boxes bursting with the loot … all resurrect with the mention of that I-word.
So it is no surprise that now the average Catholic has no idea of what an Indulgences is; how biblical; and how much it has been part of Church from the earliest times.read more »
Shakespeare’s handiwork Juliet says : "Nothing!" ("What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Romeo and Juliet - II, ii, 1-2)
But I totally disagree.
There have been many greater prophet’s than Zechariah, no doubt, but there is nobody like him for me – for the simple reason that he is beholden to pray for me regularly! read more »
Been at the church for the feast of Perpetual Succour yesterday and there I saw it again. The bunny logo on yet another T-shirt!
Having been next to non-existent here in India, starting sometime last year there has been a steady increase in the sighting of the Playboy bunny on car stickers, T-shirts, and bags. And now there are perfumes too.
Now let me explain what ‘desensitization’ is. This a psychological process, where with repeated exposure you are made to be a peace with a certain issue to which you had a problem before. And, of course, this process can be used for both positive and negative ends. For example, one can be cured of insect phobia with repeated exposure to insects starting with interaction at a distance or with small doses. At the same time, studies have shown that children lose their feelings of concern, empathy and sympathy with repeated exposure to media violence.read more »