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Doctrines & Morals
 
 
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Bread for the Lenten Journey
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 27 Feb 2020
Deut. 30:15-20, Lk 9:22-25. Lenten journey has its specific footprints, as the Word of God sets the pace and tone for this journey. This spiritual journey is full of choices and decisions guided by

Ash Wednesday Spiritual Strength
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 26 Feb 2020
Joel 2:12-18, 2 Cor. 5:20-6.2, Mt. 6:1-6.16-18. Tracing a sign of the cross made out of ashes on the forehead marks the beginning of Lenten season. This ritual is accompanied by the words: "remembe

Let us be true in our faith
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 25 Feb 2020
Jam. 4:1-10, Mk 9:30-37. People around us compare, compete, strive hard to perform and excel in every way to be on the top of the world. St James noticed these attitudes among his community. He bol

The illness can only be driven out only by Prayer
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 24 Feb 2020
Jam. 3:13-18, Mk 9:14-29. According to today's first reading, spiritual health and welfare come to those who seek wisdom. The wisdom that brings integrity comes from above and it is innocent, peace

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 23 Feb 2020
Lev. 19:1-2.17-18, 1 Cor. 3:16-23, Mt. 5:38-48. Being the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, the Church invites us to reflect on the attributes of God: Love, Compassion and Mercy. Today’

The Feast of the Chair of St Peter
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 22 Feb 2020
1 Pet. 5:1-4, Mt. 16:13-19. Today, we celebrate “Cathedra Petri” (the Chair of Peter in Rome) whom God had entrusted the governance and authority over His universal Church. Like that of

Without good work our faith is empty
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 21 Feb 2020
Jam. 2:14-24.26, Mk 8:34-9:1. The saying that "if we work for nothing, nothing will work for us" is a call to practical Christianity. In practical Christianity, our faith cannot be empty and devoid

You are the Christ of God
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 20 Feb 2020
Jam. 2:1-9, Mk 8:27-33. Today's first reading hits out against all servile deference and class distinctions. Our faith should have no place for partiality, snobbery or elitism. We are not to judge

Do not act in doubt
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 19 Feb 2020
Jam. 1:19-27, Mk 8:22-26. One of the most important “virtues” in life is patience. In a crowded situation, the Church advises us “not to act” when in doubt. In other words,

10 Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 18 Feb 2020
James 1:12-18, Mk 8:14-21. St James muses about our power to endure the hardships of the present time and he looks to a bright future when we will be like the first fruits of God’s new creati

11 Authentic faith seeks no sign
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 17 Feb 2020
James 1:1-11, Mk 8:11-13. In today's first reading, St James knew about the danger of discouragement when life is hard. So, he encourages the oppressed Christians: “Consider it all joy when y

12 Not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 16 Feb 2020
Ecclesiasticus 15:15-20, 2 Cor. 2:6-10, Mt. 5:17-37.On this Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, the Church invites us to reflect on the law of Christ. In today’s first reading, God pr

13 Willingness to share with others
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 15 Feb 2020
1  Kgs 12:26-32.13:33-34, Mk 8:1-10. Opportunities arise from day to day and our moral character determines how we respond to changing circumstances. Ruled by fear Jeroboam in today's first re

14 The Memorial of Saints Cyril and Methodius
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 14 Feb 2020
1 Kgs 11:29-32.12:19, Mk 7:31-37. God’s blessings are freely given in the life of David as God took him from the forest where he pastures the flock to crown him king. Like-wise, He filled Sol

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By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 13 Feb 2020
1 Kgs 11:29-32.12:19, Mk 7:31-37. God’s blessings are freely given in the life of David as God took him from the forest where he pastures the flock to crown him king. Like-wise, He filled Solomon wi

16 Perseverance is a splendid reward of faith
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 13 Feb 2020
1 Kgs 11:4-13, Mk 7:24-30. Today's first reading presents Solomon who fell away from the height of wisdom to the depth of foolishness because of lust. As a young man, he was invited by God to ask f

17 Let wisdom be your guide
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 12 Feb 2020
1 Kgs 10:1-10, Mk 7:14-23. The Queen of Sheba’s visit to Solomon in today's first reading was clearly a very splendid affair, for their exchange of gifts and their exchange of ideas. This exo

18 How lovely is your dwelling place Oh Lord
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 11 Feb 2020
1 Kgs 8:22-23.27-30, Mk 7:1-13. What a travesty it would be, to prioritise arbitrary human traditions over the clearly expressed will of God. Many traditional rituals in the time of Jesus had lost

19 The Memorial of St SCHOLASTICA
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 10 Feb 2020
1 Kgs 8:1-7.9-13, Mk 6:53-56. The Jews revered their Temple in Jerusalem as God’s earthly dwelling. It mirrored the God’s presence throughout the universe and was for them the focal-pla

20 You are the salt of the earth and the light of the world
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 09 Feb 2020
Ish 58:7-10, Heb. 2: 1-5, Mat. 5:13-16. Being the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, the Church challenges us to model what a truly human society should be to the world by fighting injustice and

21 Come apart and rest a little
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 08 Feb 2020
1 Kgs 3:4-13, Mk 6:30-34. Solomon’s youthful choice, just after he became king, shows the value of having good priorities. In today's first reading, He is praised for asking God for the right

22 God is our ultimate Helper
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 07 Feb 2020
Sirach 47:2-13, Mk 6:14-29. Today's first reading indicates the supportive presence of God through David’s long career, from his youth when he battled the Philistine giant, Goliath and later

23 The Memorial of St Paul Miki and Companimons
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 06 Feb 2020
1 Kgs 2:1-4.10-12, Mk 6:7-13. Parents are often time enthusiastic to leave a legacy behind. The idea of leaving legacy drives people to work so hard for success, to make a mark in society, hoping f

24 The Memorial of St Agatha
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 05 Feb 2020
2 Sam. 24:2.8-17, Mk 6:1-6. It is a familiar saying that familiarity breeds contempt. We can be slow to recognise God’s grace and presence in the ordinary event of life. There is no need to g

25 Our witness is a support of others
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 04 Feb 2020
2 Sam. 15:13-14:30.16:5-13, Mk 5:21-43. While it is be negative to call this world a “valley of tears”, today's readings remind us of the frailty of human life and of the setbacks that

26 The aloud is our shield and help
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 03 Feb 2020
2 Sam. 15:13-14.30.16:5-13, Mk 5:1-20. Sometimes our deepest sorrows come from disappointment from friends and family who should understand us most. Many of the trials that David had to face were c

27 The Presentation of the Lord
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 02 Feb 2020
Mal. 3:1-4, Ps 23:7-10, Heb. 2:14-18, Lk 2:22-40. As we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, we celebrate the World Day of Consecrated Life. As Christ was presented in the Temple, t

28 The Lord calm the storms of our life
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 01 Feb 2020
2 Sam. 12:1-7.10-17, Mk 4:35-41. Today's first reading presents us with David's penitence over Uriah. With the parable of the rich man who had flocks and herds in great abundance but went for the p

29 The Lord calm the storms of our life
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 01 Feb 2020
2 Sam. 12:1-7.10-17, Mk 4:35-41. Today's first reading presents us with David's penitence over Uriah. With the parable of the rich man who had flocks and herds in great abundance but went for the p

30 The Memorial of St JohnBosco
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 31 Jan 2020
2 Sam. 11:1-4.5-1013-17, Mk 4:26-34. The saying that "an idle hand is the work place for the devil" is true in the case of David in today's first reading: "At the turn of the year, the time when ki

 
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