25 Years Later...

It was July 1, 1983. I was barely 17. I joined the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) as a postulant. This meant leaving home and moving 1,300 kilometers away from my home town Jabalpur to the big city Bangalore. I would not see my family for two years. This was a traumatic experience for my mother, who never shared her grief until much later. I myself was in agony then, but the newness of the experience had dulled some of my trauma. I remember the day my parents were to return home from Bangalore. After morning Mass, my parents and I stayed back in the small chapel. We were all terrified of the impending separation. Hanging on the front wall of the chapel was a picture o

Holy Thursday: The Altar, the Feet, the Cross, the Mission!

(Picture: AFP/Getty Images) The fire that ravaged the Notre Dame Cathedral is still very fresh in our minds. Scenes of the collapsing spiral and the charred interior cannot never be erased from our minds. In the midst of all the devastation, hope never fades for God’s people. How can we forget he video of people singing hymns on their knees? News also emerged of Fr. Jean Marc Fournier, the Catholic Chaplain of Paris Fire Brigade who insisted on being let into the smoldering Cathedral. Along with other fire fighters he formed a human chain and secured the holy relics, specially, the Blessed Sacrament and the Crown of Thorns. The now iconic image of the shining remnant cross amidst the charred

Oscar Romero: The Reluctant Revolutionary and Martyr

Archbishop Oscaro Romero with young people in El Salvador in this undated file photo. Photo courtesy of Arzobispado de San Salvador/Oficina de la Causa de Canonizacion. Early life and Rise to Leadership Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez was born 15 August, 1917 in Cuidad Barrios in El Salvador. He was ordained in Rome in 1942, after he graduated and received a Licentiate in Theology in 1941. Romero was appointed auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of San Salvador in 1970, and in 1974 the Bishop of the Diocese of Santiago de María, a poor, rural region. He became the Archbishop of San Salvador on 23 February 1977, and it was in this capacity that he would be drawn into the complexities, contro

"Let him who has not sinned..." - A Retelling of the Story of the Woman Caught in Adultery

I hadn’t seen him in few months. Jerusalem, though, was abuzz with news about Jesus. Caiaphas, the high priest and the other religious leaders were conspiring to put him to death. Their argument was that it was expedient for one man to die than for the whole nation to perish. I was hoping that the stand-off between the authorities and Jesus might blow over. My hope was beginning to fade. My first encounter with Jesus was accidental. I had heard stellar stories about his multiplying loaves, healing a man born blind, and even raising a dead man to life. I wanted to meet him but life got in the way. There was always tomorrow. Tomorrow happened at the market square. As I was returning home one m

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