Category: Columns

The Morning that Changed our Lives

The Morning that Changed our Lives The Morning that Changed our Lives 15th Anniversary Of The September 11, 2001 As many of you, I also reminisce those memorable simple days at our villages leading up to the immigration to the United States of America. For a teenager, you can imagine the excitement and gratification of immigrating

The “Call” of the Wives of Priests; “Kochamma-Ammai-Presbytera”

The “Call” of the Wives of Priests; “Kochamma-Ammai-Presbytera” The Sacraments of Marriage and Ordination doubly bless the priest and his wife. From then on, they are bound together. It is really true that the priest's wife is "part of the priest's kuppayam - cassock (raso)" to paraphrase the Greek saying. From then on, the difficult spiritual journey begins.

A Church fired up for the consecration of its Dream Temple of Worship

A Church fired up for the consecration of its Dream Temple of Worship The story of St.Thomas Orthodox Church, the first Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church in Chicago As a high school student this writer wanted to do his higher studies at Oxford University, because he had read about the learned men who were educated at Oxford and became scholars. When he was an

Fr. Pathrose; Reading hymns of nature with camera

Fr. Pathrose; Reading hymns of nature with camera Impulsive and passionate about photography, the priest of the Syrian Church sets off with his backpack at the drop of a hat to destinations as far and rich in biodiversity as Nepal, Bharatpur, Tuticorin, Wayanad and the like to delight in the ‘camera moments’ that the nature offers to him.

Parents Left Behind?

Parents Left Behind? The other day, I met a couple after the Sunday worship in the church premises and asked why they are not in a hurry to go back home as usual. They replied, “Our kids are staying back in Sunday school, we feel uneasy at home without them”. If this is

His Holiness Pope Francis – “Marks of a Spiritual Leader”

His Holiness Pope Francis – “Marks of a Spiritual Leader” Some would say getting to see the pope was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Thousands of people got the chance to see Pope Francis. As others across the world, my experience was indescribable; literally made me cry. It was a feeling that is almost hard to describe of peace

The Prodigal Son

The Prodigal Son There was, once a prodigal son Who vexed his father for his measure of wealth And fled his home for friends and fun To reckless ways of sinful mirth But soon he met his weary days Of hunger, thirst and fleeing friends It flashed to his mind the splendor and

Remembering Rev Fr. P K George, the Apostle of North India

Remembering Rev Fr. P K George, the Apostle of North India “For many are called, but few are chosen” St Mathew 22:14. Rev Fr P K George was born in a village in Mylapra, Pathanamthitta, Kerala. He had his primary school education in Mylapra. After schooling he acquired Diploma in Civil Engineering and my mother, Late Mrs Annamma Oonnoony, was his

We do not have to do it alone!; the Promise of the Resurrection

We do not have to do it alone!; the Promise of the Resurrection Through the resurrection, there is a way out of our personal tombs of pain and suffering, of cynicism and despair, if only we will open our eyes, sit up, and see how the stone has been rolled away by a power far beyond our control. As Jesus said in his

Stigmata – Human Obsession for Signs and Wonders

Stigmata – Human Obsession for Signs and Wonders Many of you might have heard the news of a baby in Philippines, born with the stigmata of Jesus that became viral in the social media. While we want to know whether this is a hoax or not, we have seen a similar phenomenon earlier. St. Francis of Assisi was
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