Role of the Clergy and Religious in Facilitating the Joy of Life and Love in Families (Part 2)

Consecrated persons’ call to be bearers of God’s love is expressed in effective family ministry. Anyone who has met the Lord and follows him faithfully is a messenger of the joy of the Spirit. The fruitfulness of one’s pastoral ministry proceeds from the realization that joy is not a useless ornament. It is a necessity, the foundation of human life. In their daily struggles, every man and woman tries to attain joy and abide in it with the totality of their being.

Role of the Clergy and Religious in Facilitating the Joy of Life and Love in Families (Part 1)

“The joy of love experienced by families is also the joy of the Church,” says Pope Francis as he begins the post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. The family is the basic cell of society and the fundamental ecclesial community, the Church that is the home.  As the Church is a ‘family of families’ the joy experienced among the members of a family reaches out also to the wider community of church as a whole.

Word, Altar and People

One of the most inspiring homilies that I heard recently was preached by Rev. Fr George Maliekal, provincial of the Salesian province of Shillong. Listening to him enabled me to gain an insight into the essence of priesthood. It was this homily that led me into a conversation with him. I had a few questions.…

From the Walk to Emmaus….

Today, we hear the Emmaus account where two disciples met Jesus, listened to him and later recognized him at the breaking of the bread. Even before Jesus entered into their conversation they were speaking about him. But they were sad ( 24:17). The very good news of salvation, suffering and death of Jesus was the…

The great mercy pontificate of Pope John Paul II

“Dear brothers and sisters we must personally experience this (tender-hearted mercy of the father) if, in turn we want to be capable of mercy. Let us learn to forgive! The spiral of hatred and violence that stain with blood the path of so many individuals and nations can only be broken by the miracle of forgiveness.” (John Paul II)