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God's Timing

You may or may not know that most marriages in India are arranged by the family. The decision to marry someone is not the privilege of the individual but the result of a collective process in which the family, especially the parents, have the maximum input. After raising their child to adulthood, parents feel it is their duty to find a life partner for their offspring. In fact, mothers and fathers consider it their right to settle their children in life. In some families the child in question has very little effect on the final outcome. Sometimes I say jokingly that I became a priest to avoid an arranged marriage.

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Mary, Our Mother

This Sunday we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord. After Jesus completed His mission, He ascended into heaven where He is seated at the right hand of the Father. Before He said good-bye to His disciples, Jesus assured them: “I will not leave you orphans.” He gave them the gift of His presence in the Holy Eucharist so that they would not feel alone. He promised to send them the Consoler, the Holy Spirit, who would teach them everything. He gave them also another precious gift – His own mother.

Common Good

I was speaking about the Boston Marathon to some friends who told me that you can qualify to run in the marathon if you fulfill one of two conditions. Either, you run the 26.2 miles within a certain time. Or, you run for some charitable cause. In other words, the organizers are telling runners that you can run in the Boston Marathon if you have a cause even if you are not fast enough. In other words, the spirit of the marathon is all about the common good. It is so tragic that someone would use that event to wreak such carnage on innocent people. 

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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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