Fr. Britto's Blog


Laborers in God's Vineyard

Often when I am at dinner with some of my friends or in the company of fellow priests, the conversation inevitably turns towards the alarming shortage of priests. Someone in the group – usually a prophet of doom – will predict that the Church is going to suffer drastic decline because of the shortage. However, hardly anyone suggests ways to stem the tide. I really believe that the scarcity of priests and nuns should not be merely a reason to converse. We must all find ways to address the situation.

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A Pope for All

As I write this column, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, is on his visit to Brazil. Hopefully this will be the first of many journeys that he will undertake to strengthen the faithful and give hope to the poor. While the eyes of many are focused on St. Mary’s Hospital in London from where the royal baby will emerge, many others are following the Pope’s voyage. In the four months that he has been the head of the Church, he has managed to electrify many Catholics and has captured the imagination of non-Catholics.

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Success and Failure

Last weekend I was watching the Australian Open when Stan Wawrinka from Switzerland beat Rafael Nadal in four sets. Before the match no one expected that number 8 seed could beat the number one seed in a Grand Slam. The tennis world has been ruled for the last several years by the top four players – Nadal, Djokovic, Murray and Federer. For Wawrinka the taste of victory could not have been sweeter and for Nadal it was a bitter night. As the festivities continued and the crowds went gaga over the new champion, I could see Nadal recede into the shadows unacknowledged and forgotten. That is when I began to think how our world loves a winner and does not care for losers.

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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.

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