Fr. Britto's Blog


Easter 2013

On this day that the Lord has made, I want to wish each and every one of you the joys of this holy season. I will remember you and your loved ones at all my Easter Masses. May we all experience the full life that the Risen Lord brings! Let us continue to hold our parish community in prayer. We rejoice at Easter because death is swallowed up in victory. Death has lost its sting and we are assured of eternal life. The sadness and gloom of Good Friday make room for the triumphal joy of Easter morn. Easter always arrives in spring when life is in full bloom. This is not a mere coincidence. It reminds us of the profound  significance of this feast. If we are filled with the Easter spirit, we must be full of life.

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The New Pope

“Habemus Papam! We have a Pope!” I distinctly remember when I heard those historic words. On Wednesday I was in my car driving to a funeral luncheon and I switched on the radio. I heard the announcement. To tell you the truth, I did get a little emotional because the momentous nature of the election really hit home. There were so many firsts. I smiled because I knew that the Holy Spirit is very much alive in the Church. The Lord has not abandoned us in spite of all the dire warnings that the secular media issued to the world.

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Faith in The Church

As I write this column, the Cardinals are getting ready to go into the Sistine Chapel to elect the new Pope. The Church awaits with bated breath, wondering who the next successor of Peter will be. Bookies around the world are hedging their bets while the secular media pretends to be genuinely interested in the Bishop of Rome. As the faithful, we need to imitate the Early Christians who prayed for Peter. It is possible that by the time this column is published we will know the name of the new Vicar of Christ. I would like to take this occasion to reflect with you on the need for faith in the Church.

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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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