Fr. Britto's Blog


Boston Tragedy

Once again we have been rudely reminded that our world can often be senseless. The carnage in Boston that left three dead and more than 150 people wounded tells us that our world does not make sense. It is senseless not because God made it so, but because some humans choose to make it so. There are people who believe that violence is a viable solution to problems or an adequate way to express grievances. There are people who have no qualms about hurting innocent civilians for the sake of their ideology or cause. There are people who follow the example of Cain who killed his own brother out of jealousy.

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My Sister

Over the last several weeks you might have seen the name, Josephine Berchmans, on the prayer list published in our bulletin. Some people have asked me whether this is someone from my family. The answer is “Yes.” Josephine is my older sister and she has not been well. More than a month ago, she had a mild stroke and her right side has been affected. She is unable to move her right leg and hand. She needs the assistance of others to sit up or to walk. Over the last few weeks she has made slow but steady progress. The doctors have been assuring us that she will recover completely.

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Stand with the Pope

I love the Easter season because it gets me all pumped up. After forty days of Lent, I am ready to sing alleluia and experience the joy of the Risen Christ. This year I feel even more positive because we have our new Holy Father, Pope Francis. In recent days, he has astonished both the Church and the secular society with his simple, direct and accessible style. His obvious love for people, especially the poor and the weak, touches our hearts. His words have been a breath of fresh air and his refusal to be bogged down by the trappings of power arouses enthusiasm. Both Catholics and non-Catholics, believers and non-believers, have embraced him. Overall in this season of hope, his election to the papal office has been the source of hope for many.

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Who is Fr. Britto?

Born in India to deeply-committed Catholic parents, Fr Britto is one of seven children. He joined the Salesians of Don Bosco as a young man and was ordained a priest in 1981.

After he completed his priestly formation and his early education in India, he came to the US for his graduate degree in Journalism at...Read more...

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