Reflection: Prayers to help the departed seek eternal life

Fr Ignatius Yeo It has become quite common practice for Catholics to display flowers or candles to remember their loved ones who have passed on. This gesture is done almost instinctively to honour their memory and perhaps even as a way of offering a prayer for them. It is expected for all to want to [...]

Sins causing Christian division highlighted at unity services

Members of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church hold placards displaying 12 sins that have caused Christian division on Jan 20.Discrimination, intolerance and pride. These were some of the sins causing Christian division which were visually highlighted during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity from Jan 18-25.Other sins were lack of love, hate and contempt, [...]

Daily Prayer For Priests

By St Therese of LisieuxO Jesus,I pray for your faithful and fervent priests;for your unfaithful and tepid priests;for your priests labouring at home or abroad in distant mission fields.for your tempted priests;for your lonely and desolate priests;For your young priests;for your dying priests;for the souls of your priests in Purgatory.But above all, I recommend to [...]

Archbishop’s message for Year of Mercy

What the world needs most today, more than at any time in history, is mercy. In the world of science and technology, there is no place for mercy. This lack of mercy is evident in the violent destruction of human life and habitat. Ironically, such acts are often justified in the name of justice. Many [...]

Repentance For Change

SFX Bulletin, 28 September 2014: “Repent!” is not a word we like to hear.  Our pride is such that we like to think well of ourselves all the time. We may even blame God for our sins.  When we do this, we are not unlike the elders of Judah who were in exile in Babylon [...]

Correction for Conversion

SFX Bulletin, 7 September 2014: The gospel today is taken from a section of Matthew often called the “Ecclesial” or “Church” Discourse.  The word “church” is used only two times in the gospels (Mt.16:18; Mt.18:17) and in both instances, refer to the authority Jesus gives to “bind and loose”.  This authority, as the Catechism tells [...]

Value Of Holy Mass

At the hour of death the Masses you have heard will be your greatest consolation.Every Mass will go with you to judgment and plead for pardon. At every Mass you can diminish the temporal punishment due to your sins, more or less, according to your fervour.Assisting devoutedly at Mass, you render to the sacred humanity [...]

Via Crucis: A Glorious Cross Like Dawn Following A Long Night

Vatican City, 18 April 2014 (VIS) – At 9.15 p.m. this evening, Good Friday, the Bishop of Rome presided at the Via Crucis, or Way of the Cross, service at the Colosseum, where thousands of faithful accompanied Christ’s path to the Cross by the light of candles and torches. From the Palatine Hill the Holy [...]

Pope Francis: Jesus Does Not Resign Himself To Any Tomb

Vatican City, 7 April 2014 (VIS) – At midday today, the fifth Sunday of Lent, the Holy Father appeared at the window of his study in the Vatican Apostolic Palace to pray the Angelus with the faithful and pilgrims present. “The resurrection of Lazarus”, he said, “was the culmination of the prodigious signs given by [...]