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Birth of Mary,
September 8, 2007, Year: C
23rd Sunday of Ordinary
September 9, 2007 - Year: C
Wis 9:13-18; Plm 9-10, 12-17
Wisdom that saves
who can learn the counsel of God?
Or who can discern what the Lord wills?
For the reasoning of mortals is worthless,
and our designs are likely to fail;
for a perishable body weighs down the soul,
and this earthly tent burdens the thoughtful mind.
We can hardly guess at what is on earth,
and what is at hand we find with labour;
but who has traced out what is in the heavens?
Who has learned your counsel,
unless you have given wisdom
and sent your holy spirit from on high?
And thus the paths of those on earth were set right,
and people were taught what pleases you,
and were saved by wisdom.” [Wis. 9:13-18]
Paul, do this as an old man, and now also as a prisoner
of Christ Jesus. I am appealing to you for my child,
Onesimus, whose father I have become during my
I am sending him, that is, my own heart, back to you. I
wanted to keep him with me, so that he might be of
service to me in your place during my imprisonment for
the gospel; but I preferred to do nothing without your
consent, in order that your good deed might be voluntary
and not something forced.
Perhaps this is the reason
he was separated from you for a while, so that you might
have him back forever, no longer as a slave but more
than a slave, a beloved brother - especially to me but
how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.
So if you consider me your
partner, welcome him as you would welcome me.” [Phlm.
crowds were travelling with Jesus; and he turned and
said to them, ‘Whoever
comes to me and does not hate father and mother, spouse
and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life
itself, cannot be my disciple.
does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my
of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit
down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough
to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a
foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it
will begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began
to build and was not able to finish.’
king, going out to wage war against another king, will
not sit down first and consider whether he is able with
ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him
with twenty thousand? If he cannot, then, while
the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and
asks for the terms of peace.
So therefore, none of you can become my disciple
if you do
not give up all your possessions.’” [Lk.
A business executive was deep in debt and could see
no way out.
Creditors were closing in on him. Suppliers were
He sat on the park bench, head in hands, wondering if
anything could save his company from bankruptcy.
Suddenly an old man appeared before him. “I can see that
something is troubling you,” he said.
After listening to the executive’s woes, the old man
said, “I believe I can help you.”
He asked the man his name, wrote out a check, and pushed
it into his hand saying, “Take this money. Meet me here
exactly one year from today, and you can pay me back at
Then he turned and disappeared as quickly as he had
The business executive saw in his hand a check for
$500,000, signed by John D. Rockefeller, then one of the
richest men in the world! “I can erase my money worries
in an instant!” he realized. But instead, the executive
decided to put the un-cashed check in his safe. Just
knowing it was there might give him the strength to work
out a way to save his business, he thought.
With renewed optimism, he negotiated better deals and
extended terms of payment. He closed several big sales.
Within a few months, he was out of debt and making money
Exactly one year later, he returned to the park with the
un-cashed check. At the agreed-upon time, the old man
appeared. But just as the executive was about to hand
back the check and share his success story, a nurse came
running up and grabbed the old man.
so glad I caught him!” she cried. “I hope he hasn’t been
He’s always escaping from the rest home and telling
people he’s John D. Rockefeller. “
And she led the old man away by the arm.
The astonished executive just stood there, stunned. All
year long he’d been wheeling and dealing, buying and
selling, convinced he had half a million dollars behind
Suddenly, he realized that it wasn’t the money, real or
imagined, that had turned his life around. It was his
newfound self-confidence that gave him the power to
achieve anything he went after.
Jesus tells that ‘I am with you always.’ It is not an
imagination, but real person who is with us. That is why
he says, ‘without me you can do nothing.’
At this point in his ministry, great crowds traveled
along with Jesus wherever he went. There was something
exiting and magnetic about this Jesus of Nazareth. The
authority with which he taught and the power of God at
his beck and call, drew multitudes to him. But on this
particular day, like any other day, not everyone
traveling with Jesus was there for the same reason. Some
were hoping for healing. Some were political activists
looking for a liberator. Some were merely curious, as
people tend to be when some new movement arises.
But some considered themselves Jesus’ followers, his
disciples. I’m not speaking here about the twelve
disciples that Jesus had chosen. I’m speaking about a
much larger group outside of the Twelve (See, for
example, Luke 6:13, 17, 20). Exactly what they believed
about Jesus is not clear. But in some sense they had
committed themselves to being students and followers of
Jesus. They considered themselves disciples. Still
others in the great crowds that followed Jesus on this
day were thinking about becoming his disciples.
So Jesus turned to these great crowds and told them, in
no uncertain terms, what being his disciple involves. He
did this with three conditional “cannot” statements.
anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father
and mother and wife and children and brothers and
sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my
does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot
be my disciple.”
therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all
that he has cannot be my disciple.”
From the time Jesus first spoke these words until now,
they have been considered among the “hard” sayings of
Jesus: those difficult to understand. When they have
heard or read these words of Jesus, many Christians have
just ignored them, because they don’t know what to do
On the surface, in these three statements, it seems that
Jesus is going out of his way to repel disciples, not
make them. “If you don’t hate your family and yourself,
you can’t be my disciple.” “If you don’t carry your
cross like a condemned criminal you can’t be disciple.”
“If you don’t give up all your possessions, you can’t be
my disciple.” This doesn’t sound like a winning formula
for church growth. What is Jesus up to here with these
words that seem to defy common sense? Why does he say
this and what does it mean for us? Let’s look more
closely at the text to get to the bottom of it.
First, Jesus says, “If anyone comes to me and does not
hate his own father and mother and wife and children and
brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he
cannot be my disciple.” How shocking this must have been
to those who first heard him. How shocking to us.
From the time of the Sixteenth Century Reformation,
there has been an important rule of Biblical
interpretation that “Scripture interprets Scripture.” In
other words, when you come upon a
difficult-to-understand passage, before you turn to a
learned commentary or your own reason, you look for
another passage that treats the same subject, but one
that is clearer, and use it to interpret the
difficult-to-understand one. Scripture interprets
Scripture assumes, by the way, that the Bible is a
unified whole, because it has one divine author, the
Holy Spirit. Therefore the Bible cannot contradict
itself, even if it appears to.
How does “Scripture interprets Scripture” help us here?
This way: If Jesus truly means for us to “hate” our
families and selves in the conventional sense, then it
contradicts many other clear teachings of Scripture
about hate. Such as 1 John 3:15, “Everyone
who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that
no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”
Such as 1 John 4:20, “If
anyone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is
a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has
seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.”
In addition, this hate saying of Jesus would contradict
the many commands to love, such as, “You
shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew
have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your
neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love
your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”
(Matthew 5:43-44). So unless Scripture contradicts
itself, Jesus cannot mean “hate” in the conventional
Fortunately, there is another passage in which Jesus
speaks on the same subject, and clarifies this hate
passage. In Matthew 10 our Lord says: “Whoever loves
father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and
whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy
of me.” (10:37-38). When Jesus says whoever does not
hate his family and self cannot be my disciple, he
doesn’t mean that we should not love them in any sense.
Of course we are to love them! Marriage and family are
good gifts of God! He means that we should never love
our relatives or ourselves
more than Him; for then we would love the creature
rather than the Creator and committing idolatry. For
those who would be disciples of Jesus Christ, love for
Jesus must come first. Loyalty to Jesus must come first.
Obedience to Jesus must come first. So when even the
dearest family wants you to something that is the
opposite of what Jesus wants for you, you must remain
faithful to Jesus, not the family member.
So what Jesus is doing here in Luke 14, is warning those
who want to be his disciples, telling them that the life
of a disciple will be difficult. They will be put in
situations where their own flesh and blood will oppose
their faith or tempt them to disobey Jesus. As Jesus
you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I
tell you, but rather division. For from now on in one
house there will be five divided, three against two and
two against three. They will be divided, father against
son and son against father, mother against daughter and
daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her
daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against
mother-in-law” (Luke 12:51-53). Indeed, it
will get even worse, as the end draws near: “And brother
will deliver brother over to death, and the father his
child, and children will rise against parents and have
them put to death” (Mark 13:12).
To have one’s own family or one’s own flesh oppose our
faith is one of the severest trials. At such a time the
temptation is great to compromise our faith in order to
make our family happy. But to do this is to love our
families more than Jesus. And one cannot be a disciple
if one does such a thing.
Second, Jesus says, “Whoever does not bear his own cross
and come after me cannot be my disciple.” This also must
have shocked the great crowds. After all, unlike us,
many of them may have witnessed what Jesus here
described: a condemned criminal bearing his own cross
through the streets of a town out to the place of
crucifixion. Only the vilest felons were had to carry
their crosses. Why on earth would Jesus say that they
too had to do this?
But of course, Jesus didn’t mean that each of them must
carry a literal cross to a literal crucifixion. Here the
word “cross” takes on a new meaning. It means
“suffering.” To “bear one’s own cross” means to be
willing to suffer for the sake of Jesus.
For many who followed Jesus, they sensed that a new age
was dawning. The kingdom of God was at hand. But they
wrongly understood that to mean that victory, peace, and
prosperity would be theirs. Some new Christians make the
same mistake today.
Here Jesus sets them straight. He is saying, “You do not
understand. The life of a disciple is a life of
suffering. It will be difficult. And if you are not
prepared for this you will fall away. You will be
persecuted because of me, and suffer loss because of me
(See Luke 8:13; John 16:33; Acts 14:22; 1 Thessalonians
3:3-5; 2 Timothy 3:12). At that point you will have a
choice. You can remain faithful to me or you can be
unfaithful to make the cross go away. You can shut up
rather than openly share your faith, be silent rather
than speak of Jesus, go along with the crowd, rather
than obey Jesus. You can compromise the truth instead of
standing up for the truth of God’s Word. To do any of
these things, to compromise or become silent or go along
with the crowd rather than confess, speak, and live the
life Christ has called us to, is to drop the cross
instead up carrying it. But if you refuse to carry the
cross of suffering you cannot be my disciple.”
Third, our Lord says, “Any one of you who does not
renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.” For
example, when Zacchaeus gave half of his possessions to
the poor, Jesus did not rebuke him and command him to
give all his possessions away. Jesus rejoiced and called
him a son of Abraham (Luke 19). There were wealthy
people among the first Christians and the apostles never
commanded them to give all of their wealth away. Instead
they say, “As for the rich in this present age, charge
them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the
uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides
us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be
rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share.”
(1 Tim 6:17-18). It is not money that is evil, but the “love
of money that is a root of all evil” (1 Timothy 6:10).
It is the love of money and mammon, loving it more than
Jesus, which Jesus warns about here in the severest of
When Jesus says that we cannot be his disciples unless
we give up our possessions, he means we must be willing
to give up all our possessions if need be; or if it
comes down to a choice between being faithful to Jesus,
on the one hand, or keeping our possessions, on the
other, disciples must give up the possessions. Otherwise
they commit idolatry and cease to be disciples.
So why did Jesus utter these three hard sayings, so
shocking to ancient and modern listeners? He intended,
in the strongest possible terms, to prepare his
disciples. Prepare them for what? To prepare them for
the reality that a being a disciple of Jesus will be
difficult--and they will be tempted to give up.
The two parables that Jesus tells in our texts
emphasizes this need for disciples to prepare. The man
who wants to build a tower must count the cost to make
sure he has enough to finish the job. The king who is
going to war must first count his troops and resources
to make sure he can win the battle. In both parables the
message is clear: Those who begin a major endeavor need
to be prepared to see it through to the finish. Our Lord
is telling us that being a disciple is a major endeavor.
Disciples need to be prepared to see it through to the
Throughout our lives we will be tempted to quit when
suffering threatens us. Throughout our lives as
disciples we will have to choose. Will I choose what
Jesus wants even it means suffering and rejection? Or
will I side with my unbelieving family in order to
escape suffering and rejection? Will I remain faithful
to Jesus only when times are good? Or will I remain a
faithful disciple, when people reject or hate or shun me
because of what I believe? Will I carry the cross when
called to do so? Or will I drop it?
Jesus knew that he needed to prepare his disciples, for
he knows what is in man. He knows that every one of us
has a powerful inborn desire to be liked and loved by
everyone; to be happy and prosperous; to enjoy pleasure,
rest, fun. Because of this we have the tendency to avoid
anything that might make people dislike us, to drop the
cross and run away from suffering, and to be faithful to
Jesus unless such faithfulness results in some sort of
loss--loss of reputation or possessions of family.
But why must the life of discipleship be so difficult?
Why so many temptations, trials, and traps? First,
because Satan is, as Scripture says, the god of this
world (2 Co 4:4); and the entire unbelieving world lies
in his power (1 John 5:19). As Revelation 12 says,
Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting
against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought
back, 8 but he was defeated and there was no longer any
place for them in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was
thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the
devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world- he was
thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown
down with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven,
saying, "Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom
of our God and the authority of his Christ have come,
for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down,
who accuses them day and night before our God. 11 And
they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by
the word of their testimony, for they loved not their
lives even unto death. 12 Therefore, rejoice, O heavens
and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and
sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath,
because he knows that his time is short!"
Satan knows his fate. That he is already conquered by
the death and resurrection of Christ. He knows that his
time is short until Christ returns. Therefore, in his
intense anger, his goal is to keep as many people from
becoming disciples as possible, and causing those who
are disciples to become unfaithful and lose their saving
faith in Jesus.
Victory comes, says this text in Revelation, in two
ways. First disciples conquered Satan “by the word of
their testimony, for they loved not their lives even
unto death.” In other words, they remained faithful.
They didn’t love their lives even unto death. They put
Jesus first, even if meant that family disliked them,
enemies persecuted them, and loss of property and even
death pursued them.
Yet far more importantly than their faithfulness was the
faithfulness of Jesus Christ. The disciples “conquered
him by the blood of the Lamb.” The Lamb of God who took
away the sin of the world by shedding his blood at
Golgotha’s cross. It is this that defeated Satan. For by
that shed blood, all sins and failings are forgiven to
those who believe the Gospel. Including the sin of
unfaithfulness. Including failing to love Jesus more
than family or self; including the failure to willingly
carry the cross of suffering, or the failure put Jesus
before our possessions.
Yet this sweet forgiveness through the blood of the Lamb
should not inspire laziness and lukewarmness. It should
inspire us to strive more than ever to be faithful to
Jesus above and ahead of everything and everyone else;
even if it means rejection; even if it means suffering;
even if it means loss. Amen.
Birth of Mary.
September 8, 2007, Year: C
Rom. 8:28-30 OR Mic. 5:2-5a
Mt. 1:16, 18-23
The Humility of the Blessed Virgin
"We know that all things work together for good for
those who love God, who are called according to his
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be
conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he
might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
And those whom he predestined he also called; and those
whom he called he also justified; and those whom he
justified he also glorified." [Rom. 8:28-30]
OR First Reading.... (Second Choice)
"The Lord says this: You, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who
are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall
come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose
origin is from of old, from ancient days.
Therefore the Lord shall give them up until the time
when she who is in labour has brought forth; then the
rest of his kindred shall return to the people of
And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of
the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his
And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great to
the ends of the earth: and he shall be the one of peace"
"An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the
son of David, the son of Abraham,
Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of
Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, Judah
the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez the father
Hezron, Hezron the father Aram, Aram the father of
Aminadab, Aminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the
father of Salmon, Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab.
Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth. Obed the father of
Jesse, and Jesse the father of King David.
And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah,
Solomon the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of
Abijah, Abijah the father of Asaph, Asaph the father of
Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, Joram the
father of Uzziah. Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham
the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of
Amos, Amos the father of Josiah, and Josiah the father
of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the
deportation to Babylon.
And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the
father of Salathiel, Salathiel the father of Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, Abiud the father Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor, Azor the father of Zadok,
Zadok the father of Achim, Achim the father of Eliud,
Eliud the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of
Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the
father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was
born, who is called the Messiah.
Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this
way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph,
but before they lived together, she was found to be with
child from the Holy Spirit.
Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling
to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her
quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an
angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
"Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as
your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the
Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name
him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins."
All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by
the Lord through the prophet: "Look, the virgin shall
conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him
Emmanuel," which means, "God is with us." [Mt. 1:1-16,
“All that I can call ‘me’ I owe to a
woman from the time of my childhood. Women opened the
windows of my heart and doors of my spirit. If it were
not for a woman my mother, for a woman my sister, for a
woman my friend, I would have been left to sleep with
those who seek the tranquility of the world in a blessed
snore”, says Kahlil Gibran, a Nobel Laureate for
literature. “Why then”, we ask today as we celebrate
the Girl Child’s Day, “do girls and women are done away
with in our society?”
If we are imagining that this is
happening only in some remote villages of rural a Tamil
Nadu or of an arid Rajasthan, we are mistaken. Recent
census data in fact reveals that sex ratio imbalance is
highest in India precisely in the economically advanced
states like Punjab and Delhi and in the financial
capital of India, which is our own Mumbai. All India
survey reveals that there are at least 20 – 25 million
missing little girls in India. So, where are these
little girls gone?
Infant Mary, the Wonder Kid
The birth of Mary was not marked by worldly wealth or
grandeur. Her parents were Joachim and Anne. They were
not blessed with worldly wealth, but Mary was said to
have wealth beyond that of kings in this world. In the
eyes of God, worldly wealth and power are of little
consequence. We notice that God has never blessed His
dearest and chosen friends with an abundance of worldly
goods, because this would only cause people to set their
hearts in the world at hand, and its flurries and
pleasures. Mary was not wealthy, but she had treasures
beyond. She was chosen to be the Mother of Jesus, above
all women of her time. She had a life of grace in her
soul. External honors and dignitaries are of no
consequence to God.
When Mary was three years old she gave herself to the
service of God. She lived in a temple for twelve years.
Historians know very little of her life at this time. It
is thought that she cared for the sick and suffering
children. When the Archangel Gabriel appears to her and
tells her that she has been chosen to be the Mother of
the Redeemer, she says neither "yes" nor "no." She only
asks how this is to be when she has taken a vow of
virginity. She states: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord:
Be it done unto me according to thy word."
trusts that God will not corrupt her. She has the
Immaculate Conception of her child, as the Son of God.
We can not separate Jesus from Mary. He spent thirty
years of his mortal life with his Mother, who he gave a
willing and perfect obedience. By being the Mother of
God, Mary was elevated higher than all the other saints
think Mary lived twenty-four years after the Ascension
of Jesus. The daily Communion of Mary towards the end of
her life was practically all that she ate. St Agnatious
of Antioch asked Mary to assist him in his struggles
regarding his own faith. Mary spent all her spare time
before the Tabernacle in loving converse with Jesus.
The Biblical readings of the Feast have a clear
Christological- salvific orientation that forms the
backdrop for contemplating the figure of Mary.
The Prophet announces the coming of the Lord of Israel
who will come forth from Bethlehem of Judah. The Mother
of the Messiah, presented as one about to give birth,
will give life to the prince and pastor of the house of
David who will bring justice and peace. She will work
with the Messiah to bring forth a new people.
This passage does not speak directly about Mary but
about the believer justified by the grace of Christ and
gifted with the indwelling of the Spirit. He or she has
been chosen and called from all eternity to share
Christ's life and glory. This is true in a privileged
manner for Mary, Spouse and Temple of the Holy Spirit,
Mother of God's Son, and intimately united with Him in a
Divine plan of predestination and grace.
Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23.
The meaning of this seemingly and genealogy is
theologically profound: to place Jesus, the Messiah
Lord, within the dynastic tree of His people. He is a
descendant, and in fact "the descendant," of Abraham
(cf. Gal 3:16) and the Patriarchs in accord with the
promises, and He is the semi-heir of the Prophets. The
ring that united Christ with His people is Mary,
Daughter of Zion and Mother of the Lord.
virginity stressed by the Gospel text is the sign of the
Divine origin of the Son and of the absolute newness
that now breaks forth in the history of human beings.
Christological-salvific purpose and tone dominate not
only the Bible readings but also the Eucharistic
Celebration and the Liturgy of the Hours.
been observed that, although the texts of this Feast's
celebration are less rich than those of other Marian
feasts, they do have one outstanding characteristic:
"The number of themes is rather restricted, [but] there
are extremely numerous invitations to joy".
Indeed, joy pervades the whole of this Feast's liturgy.
If many "will rejoice" at the birth of the precursor
(cf. Lk 1:14, a much greater joy is stirred up by the
birth of the Mother of the Saviour. Hence, this is a
Feast that serves as a prelude to the "joy to all
people" brought about by the Birth of the Son of God at
Christmas and expressed by the singing of hymns and
to this theme of joy on this Marian Feast is that of
light because with Mary's birth the darkness is
dispersed and there rises in the world the dawn that
announces the Sun of Justice, Christ the Lord.
For us a Family Feast:
This is a family feast for majority of us in the south.
In most of the families we take the blessed paddy and
consume it mixed with variety food items and enjoy a
family meal, preferably vegetarian. In the Church
children who come with flowers to honour Infant Mary are
given sugarcane to indicate the sweetness being with
Mary our Mother. Every birthday is a sweet day to all of
year we are going to inaugurate the
FAMILY CELL in our
parish. As we know that the number of families has
touched a whopping 4700 figure, totaling the membership
of our parish to 19000. As the numbers grow we face
multiple problems of broken families, problems with
alcohol, drugs, dispute, abortion etc. Hence this cell
is the need of the hour in our parish. Hence, let us all
pray for the success of this new venture in our parish
for the benefit of all families and for the greater
glory of God.
Inauguration of the WEBSITE:
is another feather in the cap of St. Joseph Church, the
website, for the use of our parishioners as well as for
all those who are interested to know more about our
parish. This website will be updated regularly and you
will enjoy browsing its contents. All the material that
is found in the recently published ST. JOSEPH CHURCH
DIRECTORY is available in this website. There will be
interesting sections that will keep you interested to
brows this site. Bishop Agnelo Gracias, the Auxiliary
Bishop of the Archdiocese of Bombay will inaugurate the
website. This is to celebrate the blessings our parish
enjoys under the patronage of St. Joseph who has never
said ‘no’ to our requests and petitions. May God be
glorified on this wonderful day of the BIRTHDAY OF MARY
OUR MOTHER. AMEN.
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Short review of the book: This book is an out come of a
serious exegetical study on the important words and
texts from the writings of St John of the Cross. The
study deals with a short life and writings of the mystic
and then does a complete study on GOD, MAN and WAYS to
EXPERIENCE GOD. The book is available at: St. Joseph
Church, Near Holy Cross Convent School, Mira Road East,
Thane Dt. Maharashtra State - 401 107, India. Books can
be ordered through email:
The cost of the book is Rs.
125/- pp.xviii + 234, The Title of the Book is: THE
DYNAMISM OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH - An Exegetical Study on
St. John of the Cross, author: Dr. Rudolf V. D' Souza,
OCD, MA. PhD.
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