My Trouble Tree - Story

I hired a plumber to help me restore an old farmhouse, and after he had just finished a rough first day on the job, a flat tyre made him lose an hour of work, his electric drill quit and his ancient one-ton truck refused to start. While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence.

10 Important Words

Lent 3 Sunday C

 Thomas O’Loughlin,
Introduction to the Celebration

In today’s gospel we will hear again the urgent call of the Christ to change our way of life, to repent, to begin a new relationship with God our Father. This repentance is part of his Good News as it begins the process of being his ministers building the New Creation. As we begin our Eucharist, let us recall our need to renew our lives and ask that this Eucharist will strengthen our resolve to lead renewed lives.

Fr. John Powell and Tommy

Fr. John Powell, a professor at Loyola University in Chicago, writes about a student in his Theology of Faith class named Tommy:

Some twelve years ago, I stood watching my university students file into the classroom for our first session in the Theology of Faith. That was the day I first saw Tommy. He was combing his long flaxen hair, which hung six inches below his shoulders.

The Four Cats-Humor

The Four Cats

Four men were bragging about how smart their cats were.
The first man was an Engineer,
the second man was an Accountant,
the third man was a Chemist,,,,,,and
the fourth man was a Government Employee.
To show off, the Engineer called his cat,
"T-square, do your stuff."

Lent 2 Sunday C -Transfiguration

Thomas O’Loughlin,
Introduction to the Celebration

As we continue our Lenten journey towards Easter, we recall today the experience of the first disciples on their journey to the first Easter in Jerusalem. On a high mountain they beheld for a moment the glory of Jesus and heard the Father’s voice saying ‘This is my Son, the Chosen One, listen to him.’ Let us now reflect that, forgiven our sins, we may behold Christ’s glory in this celebration, and let us ask the Spirit to help us hear Christ’s voice in our lives.

John Littleton
Gospel Reflection

During Lent, we are invited to be pilgrims on a journey with Jesus towards his suffering and death. Nevertheless, our pilgrimage does not stop with Jesus’ death, Instead, it ends with the resurrection of Jesus from the dead and the glory he shares with us as our risen Lord and Saviour. The account of the Transfiguration of Jesus provides us with a glimpse of the glory that is his as the only Son of the Father.

Lent: Call to Conversion

Fr. Subhash Anand has sent this reflection. TK.
A Call to Conversion
Last Sunday (10th February 2013) our parish priest announced the beginning of Lent from coming Wednesday – Ash Wednesday. He emphasized the importance of prayer and penance as part of our Lenten discipline. Basing myself on many years of pastoral involvement, I am sure many other parish priests have done the same. I know many lay people and few a bishops, priests and religious, who give up alcohol and non-vegetarian food during Lent. Many flock to the Church to participate in the Way of the Cross. Many resume the recitation of the family rosary. Some even inflict violence on their body. Is this sort of Lenten observance going to bring about the much needed conversion? Frankly speaking, I have my serious doubts.

Quotes 72- Destination

"What you get by reaching your
destination is not nearly as
important as what you will become
by reaching your destination."

- Zig Ziglar

World Leaders - Life Quotes

Memorable quotes from world great leaders

Abdul KalamWithout your involvement you can’t succeed. With your involvement you can’t fail.- Dr. Abdul Kalam

Lent 1 Sunday C - Temptations

Thomas O’Loughlin

Introduction to the Celebration

In every area of our lives there are periods of mending, renewing, and refocusing. We talk about ‘spring cleaning’, ‘annual reviews, and ‘in-service training’. Now we enter a period to renew our discipleship prior to celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus at Easter. So now can we spend some moments considering how God our creator made us and has provided for us. Let us recall that God our saviour has called us to live in a new way and to build a world of justice and peace. Let us remember how God our inspiration offers us strength for our discipleship.

Choose: Wealth, Success or Love - Story

Wealth, Success, and Love
A woman came out of her house and saw three old men with long white beards  sitting in her front yard. She did not recognize them.
 She said, "I don't think I know you, but you must be hungry. Please come in and have something to eat."
"Is the man of the house home?", they asked.
"No," she said, "he's out,"
"Then we cannot come in," they replied.
In the evening when her husband came home, she told him what had happened.
"Go tell them I am home and invite them in!"
The woman went out and invited the men in.
"We do not go into a House together," they replied.
"Why is that?" she wanted to know.
One of the old men explained: "His name is Wealth," he said pointing to one of his friends, and said pointing to another one,  "He is Success, and I am Love." 
Then he added, "Now go in and discuss with your husband which one of us you want in your home."
The woman went in and told her husband what was said. Her husband was overjoyed !
"How nice!" he said. "Since that is the case, let us invite Wealth. Let him come and fill our home with wealth!"
His wife disagreed. "My dear, why don't we invite Success?"
Their daughter was listening from the other corner of the house. She jumped in with her own suggestion. 
"Would it not be better to invite Love? Our home will then be filled with love!"
"Let us heed our daughter's advice," said the husband to his wife "Go out and invite Love to be our guest."
The woman went out and asked the 3 old men, "Which one of you is Love? Please come in and be our guest."
Love got up and started walking toward the house. The other two also got up and followed him. 
Surprised, the lady asked Wealth and Success: "I only invited Love, why are you coming in?"
The old men replied together: "If you had invited Wealth or Success the other two of us would've stayed out, but since you invited Love, wherever he goes, we go with him. Wherever there is Love, there is also Wealth and Success!"
Where there is pain, I wish you peace and mercy.  Where there is self-doubt, I wish you a renewed confidence in your ability to work through them. 
Where there is tiredness, or exhaustion, I wish you understanding, patience, and renewed strength. 
Where there is fear, I wish you love, and courage. 
The most destructive habit......................Worry
The greatest Joy...............................Giving
The greatest loss................Loss of self-respect
The most satisfying work...............Helping others
The ugliest personality trait.............Selfishness
The most endangered species.........Dedicated leaders
Our greatest natural resource...............Our youth
The greatest "shot in the arm"..........Encouragement
The greatest problem to overcome.................Fear
The most effective sleeping pill........Peace of mind
The most crippling failure disease............Excuses
The most powerful force in life..................Love
The most dangerous pariah..................A gossiper
The world's most incredible computer........The brain
The worst thing to be without................... Hope
The deadliest weapon.......................The tongue
The two most power-filled words..............."I Can"
The greatest asset..............................Faith
The most worthless emotion..................Self-pity
The most beautiful attire......................SMILE!
The most prized possession................Integrity
The most powerful channel of communication.....Prayer
The most contagious spirit.................Enthusiasm
The most important thing in life..................GOD
Everyone needs this list to live by...pass it along!!!

Ash Wednesday 2013-Homily and Stories


When I was in grade school, I remember Ash Wednesday as a melancholy day.  The sisters who taught us were unusually somber and whispery to us that day.  It felt like Ash Wednesday, with its marked foreheads and meager meals, signaled the beginning of a long period of giving up candy – and some feeling that we were all lost.  

5 SUNDAY Feb 10 - Homilies, Stories and Liturgy

5 Sunday C Feb 10 Homily + Liturgy

Bottom line: As Scripture has three senses, so our relation to God has three stages: the awareness of unworthiness, the return the moral life and savoring the mystery of God.

John Littleton,

The account of Jesus calling the fishermen (Simon Peter, James and John) to follow him is not only about them. It is also the story of you and me and all Christian disciples. The fishermen were decisive about abandoning their previous ways of living (we read that ‘they left everything and followed him’ (Luke 5:11)) and in beginning a new and radically different approach to living. Likewise, we are meant to respond wholeheartedly to Jesus’ repeated invitation to follow him.

When God says “NO”

God Said NO!!
I hope you can get the effects on your computers!
The words are great, but the  movements of the faces add a lot….
I asked God to take away my habit.

God’s Wings

This is so beautiful-make sure you read to the bottom.

The paintings on these feathers are outstanding,
But the message below the feathers, “God’s Wings,” will touch your heart…

wings 1

The Two Lions-Joke by Goa CM

Joke told by Manohar Parrikar -CM of Goa at Pan IIT Meet in Pune......
Two lions escape from a zoo. One of the lions had been captured from the jungle, so he runs back to the jungle. The other was born in the zoo itself - so is basically a city-slicker. He vanishes into the city.
Three days later the jungle-lion is recaptured - and returned to the zoo. A month passes, then two, three..... but city-lion is not traceable! Finally, after six months the city-lion is also recaptured and brought back to the zoo. Jungle-lion is amazed to see his friend.
Jungle-lion: For God's sake, how were you able to evade these guys for 6 whole months?!
City-lion: Kuchh nahi yaar! I just went to a government department, and hid behind a huge pile of dusty files that they have there.
Jungle-lion: But what did you eat there?
City-lion: Arrey, there was an unlimited supply of government servants. Whenever I ate one, they hired five more. Nobody did any work anyway, so nobody missed the ones I ate.
Jungle-lion: Wow! But, then how did you get caught?
City-lion: Galti kar gaya yaar... On the last day I ate the chai-walla. Now, everyone missed their chai-walla & their chai! They launched a massive hunt. And I got caught!

Quotes 71 - Forgveness

"To forgive is the highest, most beautiful
form of love. In return, you will receive
untold peace and happiness."

- Dr. Robert Muller