Stranger in my own Land

I am an Indian first and then a Catholic. Though religion is an important part of my life (I’m a Catholic priest no less), I’ve always felt it more necessary to be a good citizen. I’ve been fiercely and passionately proud of being an Indian all my life. My heart swells with pride when I…

When Rihanna came dressed as the Pope. What?!!

Some of you have no doubt seen photographs of A-list Hollywood celebrities on the red carpet, dressed up in Christian theme, flaunting and flashing images of the Virgin Mary on their gowns, etc. Nothing short of a haute-couture fancy dress, I would say. The hashtag #MetGala was trending for the next few days. The occasion…

Christian Wars: The Roaring Lion

Pope Francis begins the final chapter of his Apostolic Exhortation with a call to arms for spiritual warfare. We have a worthy adversary who leaves no stone unturned in preventing our quest for holiness – the Prince of Darkness, the Devil. Chapter 5: Spiritual Combat, Vigilance and Discernment [158 – 177] One of the greatest…

A 5-point Holiness Checklist

If you are reading this blog piece, and have read at least two of the previous three chapter summaries presented earlier…CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are highly motivated in your search for holiness and a desire to better understand your faith. Welcome to the penultimate chapter of Pope Francis’ document on finding holiness in today’s world. After outlining…

Avengers: Infinity War

I finally saw the film! And it was an action-packed, edge-of-the-seat thriller from start to finish. I don’t wish to spoil the film for those who haven’t yet watched it and so I won’t include any spoilers here. I must say though, that I am impressed with the great hype created around this movie. Kudos…

Being ‘Happy’ means to be ‘Holy’

Though the entire Bible is a treasure map for finding holiness, Jesus explained with great simplicity what it means to be holy when he gave us the Beatitudes. Pope Francis calls them a ‘Christian’s Identity Card‘. Thus holiness becomes synonymous with being “happy” or “blessed”. Let’s take a brief look at what Pope Francis has…

Two Enemies of Holiness

I hope you enjoyed the summary of Chapter 1 of Pope Francis’ recent document on the call to holiness in today’s world. If you haven’t yet read it, click here to do so before you continue with Chapter 2 in this blog post. In chapter 1, Pope Francis told us what holiness is (and maybe…

Finding Holiness in the Pots and Pans

I love Pope Francis’ writings. They are simple, lucid and appeal to the common man and woman in the pew. Pope Francis has this unique ability to relate our faith to the on-goings in our daily life. His last document on the Family ‘Amoris Laetitia’ was personal and familiar, as he spoke about issues that…

Pre-Wedding Photo Shoots

Let’s start at the very beginning. A friend of mine got a pre-wedding shoot done just recently. The wedding is just after Easter. Considering that we are in the season of Lent, it got me thinking about many things. First of all, what’s the deal with the whole concept of pre-wedding shoots anyway? This has…

What ‘Birth Control Pills’ are doing to your body

Most people have heard about ‘Birth control pills’ or the ‘Morning-after pill’ or ‘oral contraceptives’, but not many know how they really work and what are the consequences of taking these pills. Though the pill can have serious moral and health consequences, we seldom talk about it. I’ve recently had the opportunity to dvelve into…

Digital Desert

We are into the third week of Lent and it’s time to evaluate our Lenten observances. It’s not uncommon to have failed after having resolutely and faithfully followed our Lenten practices for the first few days. So what should I do? Easy – make an examination of conscience and start over. The first step is…

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…