Finding NiMo

The Nirav Modi case has once again brought the media spotlight on the Corruption Circus! It never ceases to amaze me how we (and the media) always have a new, juicy topic every two weeks to freak out about and more importantly, to divert our attention away from other more important issues, which are then…

Two Lenten Passion Poems

Lorraine Monteiro from Good Shepherd Church, Andheri West, has always had a talent with words. She is an avid poet and has penned many beautiful compositions. I would like to share two of them which are particularly relevant as we approach the Lenten season. Calvary The way to Calvary on which walked my Lord Was…

Fighting Fair: Resolving Marriage Problems Big and Small

I receive tons of marriage jokes on Whatsapp, many of them from women themselves. As you can imagine, most of them are skewed heavily in favour of the husband. A statement dubiously attributed to Al Gore says, “After marriage, husband and wife become two sides of a coin; they just can’t face each other, but…

Why #MeToo is not enough

Ever since the Harvey Weinstein abuse scandal broke out last year, I have wanted to write about it. But I haven’t. Partially because I was afraid of how my thoughts on this subject would be interpreted (yes, priests are human too). You see, speech online today has become extremely emotional and quite often devoid of…

I’m waiting for two babies this Advent

Every Advent season, we are reminded that it is a season of ‘waiting’, of hopeful anticipation of the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. But how many of us really feel this ‘waiting’? How many of us really feel the excitement of the arrival of Christmas Day? Well, let me be more specific. Everyone’s usually…

The Virgin Mary and Wonder Woman

This maybe a little late in the day but better late than never. Wonder Woman was one of my favourite movies this year. And Gal Gadot has made herself indispensable in the role. What appealed to me was that Wonder Woman was powerfully portrayed without making her seem to be a feminist (although her colleagues…

Unite the League

If you are a fan of superhero movies, choosing between the DC Universe and the Marvel Universe is a tough act. But then if you are like me, don’t choose but have twice the fun. It’s not either-or, it’s both. Remember when fans were divided between the Star Wars franchise and the Star Trek series?…

Pope Francis’ Double Whammy

Pope Francis has this unique knack of putting his finger on issues that may seem to be small and insignificant but nevertheless make headlines across the globe. Some have called him the ‘King of One-liners‘ while some marketing and advertising professionals have begun looking upto him as a ‘Guru‘. His “Who am I to judge?”…

The ‘Indian’ Saints and Blessed Sr Rani Maria

On November 4, Sr. Rani Maria will be ‘beatified’ in Indore (the place where she worked) in a formal ceremony led by the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints (Rome). Does this mean that India will have a new saint? Not exactly, since being beatified is the second-last stage before being declared…

It’s MY Life, I can do as I please!

The invitation card for my priestly ordination was a personalised one, very different from the ones you usually come across. I had worked on the concept and design for a couple of months with a lot of help from my dad who was kind of a self-made wiz on the computer. The front (like a…

Can Christians celebrate Halloween?

Halloween is around the corner, and has given life to a debate about whether it is appropriate for Christians to celebrate this day. The question may be a new one in urban India, but has been resurfacing every year in the west where Halloween has been celebrated for decades. To put the issue into perspective,…

The Eucharist calls us to perfection

The Eucharist has been a subject of debate in recent times, more specifically the reception of Holy Communion. The debate is centred around the post-synodal document on the Family Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), in which Pope Francis has opened the possibility of Holy Communion to the divorced and remarried. Understandably, this little detail…