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A Christmas Gift

Posted by Xavier Thelakkatt on December 15, 2015 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

          Sometimes Dan chose to do things differently. The week before Christmas he would be off from work and would volunteer, along with his entire family, to cook and serve lunch at the Senior Dining Center. “That’s our Christmas gift to them” he would say. His family loved it and enjoyed every bit of it. There were many who brought wrapped up presents for the seniors, but Dan’s gift was th...

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To Do List

Posted by Xavier Thelakkatt on December 8, 2015 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

              Shopping has never been my forte. As Christmas drew near I needed to get out there especially since I was going home on vacation immediately after Christmas. If I went to the mall unprepared I would forget a million things. So I got my homework done, preparing a detailed shopping list, so much so I was confident as I drove off. “A to-do list is always helpful when you don&...

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Essential Prep Work

Posted by Xavier Thelakkatt on December 2, 2015 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

             “I’m preparing for the day” he said rather seriously referring to the hernia surgery that was coming up the following week. It was to be his first experience of a surgery and he needed time to get ready personally. He was talking about the psychological and spiritual preparation. Then, he had to go through the actual physical prep the day of the event; the hospit...

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The Coming Season

Posted by Xavier Thelakkatt on November 23, 2015 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (2)

 

           A friend from India was with me a couple of weeks back and he was amazed at the newspapers ads. “Shopping season has kicked in here much earlier than anywhere else” he commented. All businesses have their competitive ads out.  We’re being bombarded by these commercials. Christmas and other holidays are ahead and we are all looking forward to this sh...

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Becoming King

Posted by Xavier Thelakkatt on November 17, 2015 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

                  At the high school homecoming event Tim was crowned king. His friends and family members were excited and overjoyed. When the festivities ended, someone asked him “How did it feel?” “Good, I suppose” he answered, “but I don’t think I want to do it again.” “Why?” “That’s a lot of work, dude” he s...

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Final Hope

Posted by Xavier Thelakkatt on November 12, 2015 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (1)

          “Why do we read this scary stuff anyway?” That was the question of a well- meaning Catholic. He was referring to the scripture reading about the great tribulation along with the darkening of the sun and falling of stars at the end times (Mk 13:24-32). “We know that the end of the world is a baloney” was his argument. He recounted the many predictions about the end of the world ...

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Being Ordinary

Posted by Xavier Thelakkatt on November 4, 2015 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)

          Linda had just finished reading a biography of Saint Joan of Arc. She was looking for a saint to adopt and emulate in view of her upcoming confirmation. The extraordinary courage and heroism that Joan manifested became too much for Linda and she said “I don’t think I can be like her at all.” A bit disappointed she had to look for another saint. “God does not require of us extraordinary things”...

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Back to the Saints

Posted by Xavier Thelakkatt on October 26, 2015 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

          “A comeback for the saints” the newspaper headline said. As a newcomer to the United States I was a bit puzzled by it and went ahead reading further. It took me some time to realize that “saints” was the name of the NFL team based in New Orleans. The article was referring to their victory in the previous night’s game. But I kept thinking a comeback for the saints was long...

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A Blind Beauty

Posted by Xavier Thelakkatt on October 20, 2015 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (0)

          Forty-year-old Stephanie was beautiful, but alcoholism had wrecked her life. The loss of her job and home led to an end to her marriage as well. Added to those was the loss of the custody of her two kids. Having hit rock bottom she sought help. A generous relative stepped in to pay for her expensive de-addiction treatment. He was glad to see her recover and eventually pick up a job in an effort to stand on her own legs. And...

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A Profound Misunderstanding

Posted by Xavier Thelakkatt on October 13, 2015 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

          Sheila refused to attend the modest parish church in her neighborhood, but drove thirty miles to a “glorious church” as she called it. She valued that church structure with some oriental motifs in it. “I love the wonderful liturgy with the choir, the organ, the colorful vestments and all the decorum; every Sunday it’s a heavenly experience” she said. Her fascination for t...

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