WELCOME OUR NEW PARISH PRIEST FR.MENDES
It gives me immense joy to join you as your pastor leading this renowned Parish of St. Anthony, Siolim, along with my close collaborators, to greater spiritual heights. Hence, I greet all of you with fraternal love! In our times the immense gift that the Creator has bestowed upon us is none other than the privilege of communicating to one another at the pace of the “speed of light.” Within no seconds we are connected to each other in any remote part of the world and remain updated of all the news and happenings on account of the internet facilities. That is why the entire universe has been reduced to a“global village” and everyone experiences the closest of proximity when communicating with others who are miles and miles away from us. In this most challenging period of Covid-19
Our Profound Gratitude
The Late Mr. Sebastian Lazaro Florentino D’Cruz once wrote in one of his books, “ Just as all Goenkars have a taste for their rice and curry so also all Catholics love their village church. But my love to my church trancends far beyond this saying.” Following in the footsteps of his ancestors who had been working in our Siolim Church as Sacristians, he too dedicated 10 years of service as a Sacristian from 1945 to 1955.
Good morning and wish you a happy Thursday in company of St Claire! (Mt 18, 21-19,1)
In the "community life" there are several issues: the crucial one being that of forgiveness and reconciliation. Peter is calculating in terms of arithmetic and also in terms of generosity proposing his own number, which means to forgive someone in "fullness" for he is personally convinced that that is the number.
But Jesus' arithmetic goes beyond logic but at the same time very practical. Precisely because human nature is frail and fragile and it continually offends and it should be remedied without limits. The unceasing forgiveness of any "offence" belongs to divinity because God forgives with magnanimity without keeping a record of the past offences. The pre- condition to receive absolutely forgiveness from God is that one has to be extra generous with his/her colleague, that's all! Where do l stand as far as my fragile nature and generosity is concerned to forgive without limit?
Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over.
For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.