Refined Behaviour or Real Goodness?
Refined behaviour and real goodness are two very different things. We can pick up refined table manners, good reading and speaking skills, or charming ways of dealing with people, with no real love for people, or no deep convictions or commiment.
The Sign of the Cross
What does the sign of the cross mean and why do we use it? When and how did this practice come about?
Is this the end of an era for Christians in Madhya Pradesh?
The Christians are bewildered by the turn of events in their State. It is a sad Picture of constitutional breakdown of the state machinery. The homes and properties of the members of the minority community are in danger. Many Christians have left their homes seeking protection and solace elsewhere.
Alex Carrel's - Journey to Lourdes
Professor Alex Carrel of the Lyons Medical University and a Nobel-Prize winner (medicine, 1912), went to the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes as an unbeliever in 1903 to study "psychological improvements in health" and witnessed an extraordinary miraculous cure.
Also one of the most spectacular and best documented miracles at Lourdes of a young Italian soldier, Vittorio Michelli, with a cancer which had destroyed his hip and pelvic bone.
Our Mother of Perpetual Help
An image which has had a profound effect on the piety of Catholics is that of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The Redemptorists promoted devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help, conducting services in her honor throughout the world. The favors credited to Our Mother of Perpetual Help have been countless.
Origins of Christianity in South Kanara - (Diocese of Mangalore)
The Diocese of Mangalore covers the geographical area of 9,425,91 sq. kms of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts in Karnataka (South India) and a part of Kasaragod district in Kerala. Catholics of the diocese number 250,000 in 150 parishes. Almost all Christians in the Diocese of Mangalore are the descendants of the migrants from Goa between 1500 AD to 1763 AD.
Baptized in the Spirit: An End or a Beginning?
Being baptized in the Holy Spirit doesn't immediately remove sin and trouble from our lives. Instead, it brings us into a deeper relationship with God himself; it opens us to the transforming power of the Spirit.
St John Mary Vianney - Patron of Parish Priests
John Mary Vianney was born on May 8, 1786, in a tiny village, Dardily, eight kilometers north of Lyons in France. His parents were small farmers. Three years after his ordination he was appointed the parish priest of Ars. He worked for nearly twenty hours each day, seventeen of them in the confessional. He died on August 4, 1859. He was canonized by Pius XI in 1925 and was declared patron Saint of parish Priests in 1929. His incorrupt body now reposes in the new basilica at Ars.
Closer to God
Anthoy Okeke was born in Nigeria into a pagan family. He first came to know about the 'Christian God' at the Catholic Mission school he studied. He was baptised at twelve but his family forced hard labour on him. After straying away from the faith in his youth he returned once again to the Lord and was baptized in the Spirit. Anthony Okeke is a member of the Jesus Is Victor prayer group in Gusau, Nigeria.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
The prophet Elijah himself, according to tradition, established on Mount Carmel an order of hermits who honoured through penance and prayer the Virgin still to be born, destined to be the Mother of the Messiah. At the turn of the thirteenth century, the Crusaders came from Europe to the Holy Land to free it from Moslem hands. A few stayed on as hermits on Mount Carmel and organized themselves "The Brothers of St Mary of Carmel", they later came to be known as the Carmelites.
St Anthony of Padua
St Anthony was born in Lisbon in 1195 of a noble Portuguese family, he was baptized Ferdinand. He took the name Anthony only in 1221 when he received the Franciscan habit in a chapel dedicated to St. Anthony of Egypt. He died when he was only thirty-six. When his coffin was opened in 1263 his tongue was found incorrupt, glowing with freshness and redness.
The Poor in Our Midst - by Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950. Her order currently has 4,000 nuns and novices, 400 priests and brothers and hundreds of thousands of volunteers, working at over 450 sites around the world.
St Dominic Savio
When Dominic Savio passed away to eternity on March 9, 1857, he was still 24 days short of his fifteenth birthday. Pope Pius XI declared the heroicity of the virtues of Dominic Savio on June 9, 1933, he uttered these touching words: "…At 15 - a true and perfect example of Christian life, with those characteristics which we need in our day for our youth."
Alleluia! - The rich meaning of a familiar acclamation. Alleluia! Is one of the most common acclamations of praise used by God's people throughout history. Alleluia expresses joy in everything that the name Yahweh stands for. We can appreciate fully the meaning of alleluia only when we see the depths of meaning in the name Yahweh.
Saint Bernadette Soubirous
Bernadette was born on January 7th 1844, the eldest of six children. She was always a sick child, her family was poor and she wasn't bright in studies. In 1858, when Bernadette was 14 years old, she saw several apparations of Our Lady. Her body remains intact in a glass Shrine in the chapel of the convent in Nevers. Bernadette was declared a Saint by Pope Pius XI on the 8th of December 1933.
Blessed Aloysius Orione
Don Orione founded four Congregations and built houses for the old, the sick, the insane, the retarded, the maimed, the orphaned. His unembalmed body was found astonishingly incorrupt when they exhumed it in March 1965, the twenty-fifth anniversary of his death. On October 26, 1980, Aloysius Orione was beatified by Pope John Paul II.