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The Call for Prudence, Balance and Mercy

News media both secular and Catholic have been abuzz with news about Pope Francis’s recent interview. The Jesuit editor of the America magazine published this interview and Father Matt Malone suggests that Pope Francis personally reviewed the article and approved its publication. To say the least, both the Catholic and secular world are still trying to comprehend implications of his statements. The statements that got most attention were: “We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods.” “The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission …

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Zealot or Messiah: A New Controversy

There is a new book with old claims making the headlines in the media. Both Fox News and CNN did the author Reza Aslan a favor – they launched his book Zealot on to the national stage. As I said, Aslan is not making any groundbreaking claims when he says that Jesus was just another zealot, “a peasant revolutionary.” In fact, such controversies about Jesus are as old the gospels themselves. Matthew has documented the conversation between the elders and soldiers who conspire to spread the rumor that, ‘His disciples came by night and stole …

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Who Is My Neighbor?

The George Zimmerman trial is finally over. Zimmerman has been acquitted and he is a free man. While he and his family are certainly relieved, I clearly see a lack of any triumphalism on the media or elsewhere. The reason is simple. A life has been lost. Trayvon Martin is dead. Death in any circumstance is a tragedy. The jury delivered it verdict on 13th July, 2013, a Saturday. The gospel reading for the 15th Sunday was the story of the Good Samaritan. Jesus tells the parable of the Good Samaritan in the context of …

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Was Blind, But Now I See

Based on the Gospel Reading for the 2nd Scrutiny. I remember this as clearly as the day I first saw light – my parents had taken me to a wise man in my village. I was so nervous. Even my parents were afraid. His voice was gruff. He did not even ask my name. He seemed distant. I could feel the coldness of his hands… and his heart. He touched my eyes and mumbled. His touch felt like dry wood. “It a punishment for sin,” he said. “But we are good people,” my parents protested. …

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Naughty or Nice?

Are you on the ‘naughty’ or ‘nice list’ this year? It is amazingly stupendous that the Santa story has worked flawlessly for so many years. (Hopefully, your little darlings are not old enough to read this article, or if they are I am sure that this will hardly be their preferred reading material.) Where was I? Oh yes! I was talking about the little trick that parents play to get their kids on their best behavior around Christmas. A break, even if it was only for a few days a year, was better than no …

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Game Changers, Part II

Fr. Satish wrote his thoughts about game changers for youth and young adults’ growing indifference to the Church. Part one is here. He continues his thoughts now: Church In the Marketplace Before I came to the United States, I spent a year in Lyon, France, learning the practical dimensions of pastoral communication. One of the concepts that I became familiar with was proposed by an immensely respected pastoral communication guru, Fr. Pierre Babin. He spoke about the “Church in the market place.” What he was referring to was the paradigm shift in the way we …

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Game Changers, Part I

“You Lost Me,” screamed the title of my last blog. I based it on the book, by David Kinnaman, by the same title, which focuses on young adult’s angst with the Church. Since then Archbishop Schnurr had three meetings with archdiocesan stakeholders in youth and young adult faith formation. One of the purposes of the conversation was to discover “game-changers” to the youth and young adults’ growing indifference what the Church has to offer. The discussion I was at was complex and mildly contentious yet honest and real. I want to share my “game-changer” ideas. …

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You Lost Me!

I received this e-mail just a few days ago: Dear Fr. Satish, I recently got engaged to my boyfriend of a few years, a week ago. So I’m starting to think about wedding plans and things even though we aren’t planning on getting married until next year at the earliest. And this might sound ridiculous but ever since I came to mass at IC I’ve always wanted you to do the marriage ceremony. However 1) I’m not a member of IC, and 2) Neither my fiance nor I are practicing Catholics. While we both were confirmed …

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The Family That Prays Together…

I am from India. I can trace my ancestry back to 1823 and if I want, beyond that too. People find it difficult to connect my being Indian and Catholicism. Most people presume that I am a recent convert to Catholicism. In fact, as far back into 1823 my family was Catholic (Eastern Catholic). For generations, then, faith has been passed along with untiring zeal and passion. When I was a child, my father often repeated the well-known adage: “The family that prays together stays together.” And I believed it. That is, until now. About …

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