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June 22, 2008: Our Destiny - Fr. Satish

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday Mass Readings

On my trip to France last year, I stayed at my friends house which overlooked the amphitheatre where Blandina was put to death in 177 AD. Blandina, was a slave and a Christian who had been taken into custody along with her master, also a Christian. She was bodily frail and her friends feared that she might not remain steadfast under torture. But in spite of her terrible torture, torture that even her executioners became exhausted of, she remained faithful and repeated to every question "I am a Christian and we commit no wrongdoing." She was bound to a stake and wild beasts were set on her. They did not, however touch her. After this for a number of days she was led into the arena to see the sufferings of her companions. Finally, as the last of the martyrs, she was scourged, placed on a red-hot grate, enclosed in a net and thrown before a wild steer who tossed her into the air with his horns, and at last killed with a dagger. We certainly know that her faith was strong. We look at Blandina’s faith and we admire her courage, faith and conviction.

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Sept 6, 2009 - Fourty Minute Salvation? - Fr. Satish Joseph

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today's Mass Readings

One of the complaints I have received about my celebration of the Mass is that I take too long. They say I am slow with my prayers and that I preach too long. There are those of you who can appreciate this and there are others who shop for the fourty-minute-mass in town. Someone said to me the other day: “You want your church to fill up - how about a mass with no singing and no preaching?” I am sorry but no matter how hard I try, I cannot serve a “fast-mass” like people serve “fast-food.” People wish salvation was a fourty-minute-affair, but then, salvation would taste like fast food. Salvation is a process, it is a comprehensive event.

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