Bandel Church- Basilica of the Most Holy Rosary

Bandel Church- Basilica of the Most Holy Rosary

The narrative of Bandel Church starts with the primary Portuguese settlements in Bengal. Most students of history concur that in 1537 an Admiral Sampayo entered...
The narrative of Bandel Church starts with the primary Portuguese settlements in Bengal. Most students of history concur that in 1537 an Admiral Sampayo entered the waterway Hooghly with nine Portuguese vessels to help Muhammad Shah, the Pathan Nawab of Gaur who being hard squeezed by the renowned Sher Khan, had asked the Portuguese delegate in Goa for help. As a prize for their endeavors, the Nawab permitted the Portuguese to set up a production line at a spot near the present Hooghly prison. In 1579 the Portuguese built a port on the bank of the river Hooghly. It turned...
Palm Sunday – 5 Important Facts To Remember

Palm Sunday – 5 Important Facts To Remember

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of the Holy Week for all Catholics around the world. Holy Week is very significant a week, as this entire...
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of the Holy Week for all Catholics around the world. Holy Week is very significant a week, as this entire week the passion of Jesus Christ begins and increases day by day till his death on the cross. We see in the Bible that Palm Sunday is the day when the people of Jerusalem welcomed Jesus with a Bang! They celebrated his entry into Jerusalem. However, sometimes it feels that this day is nothing but a good early morning dream. Why? It is because of the same people who welcome him with glory and honor,...
Why did Jesus cry in the Garden of Gethsemane?

Why did Jesus cry in the Garden of Gethsemane?

When we read the Gospel of Mark 14:34, we notice something strange. Something unusual about Jesus can be seen in the Gospel. Jesus is cringing...
When we read the Gospel of Mark 14:34, we notice something strange. Something unusual about Jesus can be seen in the Gospel. Jesus is cringing about the fact that he has to suffer. But why should we reflect on this? Didn't Jesus cry before? Yes, he did. He cried while he called out Lazarus from his grave. But in the Garden of Gethsemane, he cried for something else. This "something else" is so powerful that it may not comprehend into words or any form of explanation. When we read Mark 14:34, we see him telling his disciples, that the sorrow...
How Can I Help Others Embrace Christ? Converting to Catholicism

How Can I Help Others Embrace Christ? Converting to Catholicism

My dear friends, this question is a big controversy in the world. However, this is no point of controversy or confusion at all. Jesus has...
My dear friends, this question is a big controversy in the world. However, this is no point of controversy or confusion at all. Jesus has said very clearly to 'go forth and make disciples in all Nations'. He has instructed us to preach the Gospel and tell others to repent and believe. But the point is, how do we do that. How do we help others accept the teachings of our Lord and Saviour? How does someone get to know Jesus through us? Clearly, the Church buildings and Monasteries and not going to help. It is we who are the...
How To Make A Good Confession?

How To Make A Good Confession?

    Confession has always been a matter of struggle for many. I too had a deep struggle with confession years back, and even now...
    Confession has always been a matter of struggle for many. I too had a deep struggle with confession years back, and even now sometimes confession seems to be a big deal for me. However, with the continuous intercession of our Blessed Mother and with the help of my friends and priests, I somehow get the courage of making a confession. Good or bad, depends on how I feel in my heart after making the confession. Let's see 5 such ways to make a good confession. 1. Take Heart My dear friends, know that you are not rejected by...
What is the Sacrament of Reconciliation?

What is the Sacrament of Reconciliation?

The  Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the seven Sacraments instituted by Jesus Christ himself, and then by the Catholic Church.  It is also one...
The  Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the seven Sacraments instituted by Jesus Christ himself, and then by the Catholic Church.  It is also one of the two sacraments of healing.  Christ's love is shown in the fact that he seeks the lost and heals the sick. That is why he gave us the sacraments of healing and restoration, in which we are freed from sin and strengthened in our physical and spiritual weakness. ] CCC 1420-1421] Every one of us require healing. Sins are committed because of unfulfilled desire. And those desires are caused within us by the devil. ...
It is our Christian Obligation to help individuals know Jesus- Pope Francis

It is our Christian Obligation to help individuals know Jesus- Pope Francis

Pope Francis said on Sunday it is our Christian obligation to help individuals know Jesus, which we can't manage without giving of our lives in assistance and love. "Numerous individuals, frequently without saying as much, certainly might want to see Jesus, to meet him, to know him. This is the means by which we comprehend the extraordinary duty we Christians and our networks have," the pope said on sunday, March 21. In his week after week Angelus address, he said, "we too should react with the observer of a day to day existence that is given in assistance, of a...
Why does the Catholic Church administer Baptism to Infants?

Why does the Catholic Church administer Baptism to Infants?

    There are three reasons to justify why does the Catholic Church administers the sacrament of Baptism to Infants. But before we start, let's...
    There are three reasons to justify why does the Catholic Church administers the sacrament of Baptism to Infants. But before we start, let's define Baptism. " Baptism is the way out of the kingdom of death into life, the gateway to the... Church, and the beginning of a lasting communion with God." [ CCC 1213-1216,1276-1278] If you ask my personal opinion, on whether it is the right thing to administer this sacrament to the infants, I would say that this is one of the best decisions of the Church. Infants are the purest form of life. Isn't it...
How Should We Pray?

How Should We Pray?

Yes...you heard me right. How should we pray!? Or, how should I pray?         A very common term that every Christian comes across in his/her...
Yes...you heard me right. How should we pray!? Or, how should I pray?         A very common term that every Christian comes across in his/her daily life. But alas! We fail to understand what it actually means to pray...or maybe we know what its meaning is but we take it only as a theoretical concept and store it on the top floor of our human body commonly known as the BRAIN. I remember very clearly, when I was in my 5th standard, in one of the chapters of my Catechism book was this line written, “ Prayer is talking with...
Pope Francis on the support given to women post Covid Pandemic

Pope Francis on the support given to women post Covid Pandemic

Pope Francis has called for more help for working moms during and after the Covid pandemic, saying that mothers are required in the reestablishment of...
Pope Francis has called for more help for working moms during and after the Covid pandemic, saying that mothers are required in the reestablishment of society and of the economy. "Women critically need assistance with childcare, and ought not to be victimized regarding pay and progression, or with the deficiency of their work as being a woman," says the Pope. He continues, “Their contribution is progressively valuable at the focal point of the cycles of social, political, word related and institutional restoration." The pope highlighted the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary's role in the "resurrection of mankind," and said...