Who is Angel Gabriel ? St Gabriel the Archangel

Who is Angel Gabriel ? St Gabriel the Archangel

Biblical reference of Angel Gabriel Each time Angel Gabriel appears in the Bible, it is in the role of a messenger. However, we should not...
Biblical reference of Angel Gabriel Each time Angel Gabriel appears in the Bible, it is in the role of a messenger. However, we should not be under the impression that St Gabriel is just a communicator or a postman. When Gabriel appeared to Daniel, Zechariah, and Mary, all three were stricken with awe. Daniel says, “As he came near the place where I was standing, I was terrified and fell prostrate” (Daniel 8:17). Zechariah “was startled and was gripped with fear” (Luke 1:12). And Mary “was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be”...
Who is St Michael The Archangel?

Who is St Michael The Archangel?

Biblical Reference of St Michael the Archangel Archangel Michael is mentioned three times in the Book Of Daniel. The idea that Michael was the advocate...
Biblical Reference of St Michael the Archangel Archangel Michael is mentioned three times in the Book Of Daniel. The idea that Michael was the advocate of the Jews became so prevalent that, in spite of the rabbinical prohibition against appealing to angels as intermediaries between God and his people, Michael came to occupy a certain place in the liturgical proceedings. In the New Testament, St. Michael the Archangel leads God's armies against Satan's forces in the Book Of Revelation, where during the war on Heaven, he defeats Satan. In the Epistle of Jude, St. Michael the Archangel is specifically referred to...
Why did God create the Tree of Knowledge?

Why did God create the Tree of Knowledge?

The tree of knowledge. God created the tree of knowledge and placed it in the garden of Eden. That wasn’t the problem. The problem was...
The tree of knowledge. God created the tree of knowledge and placed it in the garden of Eden. That wasn’t the problem. The problem was he told adam and Eve not to eat from that tree. Genesis 2:16-17 says that God says to Adam that he must not eat from the tree, if he does he will surely die. Most of us sigh on the fact that why did God keep the tree in the center of the garden and not in any deserted or difficult-to-reach location so that Adam and Eve would not be able to consume the fruit...
Why did Jesus speak in parables?

Why did Jesus speak in parables?

To most of us, Jesus speaking in parables is so wonderful. The parables make it easier for even the children to understand the true meaning...
To most of us, Jesus speaking in parables is so wonderful. The parables make it easier for even the children to understand the true meaning of what Jesus wanted to say to all of us. But, why parables? Why just stories? Couldn’t Jesus make it a little more straightforward? The kingdom of heaven cannot be just limited to few stories! Jesus preached to all of mankind in three ways: Parables, Miracles, and Actions. Parables were a little comfortable and at times were a bit complex. There are so many hidden meanings in these parables that unless we go down into...
Lessons From The Lord’s Prayer

Lessons From The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord's Prayer is one of the most common and most recited prayers in the life of a Catholic. For the very reason that it...
The Lord's Prayer is one of the most common and most recited prayers in the life of a Catholic. For the very reason that it has been taught by our Lord himself. It is a beautiful way by which Jesus gave us his example of the relationship that he has with his father in heaven. However, there are a few things that we often miss out on while saying this prayer. The Lord's prayer by its very name can tell us, that this is not just the prayer that has been taught to us by Jesus himself, but it is...
Why Did Judas betray Jesus?

Why Did Judas betray Jesus?

Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples of Jesus. We all know him more as "Judas the betrayer" rather than "Judas the Apostle". However, the...
Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples of Jesus. We all know him more as "Judas the betrayer" rather than "Judas the Apostle". However, the point that we should always reflect upon is - Judas, who was also with Jesus, just like Peter and all the other disciples, what made him betray Jesus? If Jesus had breathed the same Holy Spirit into him, just like he did to the other disciples, why did he give up Jesus to the Jews and the Romans to be persecuted and crucified? Surely, these questions must have bothered you some time or other. However...
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...