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August 12, 2007: Nineteenth Sunday - Fr. Satish

"Who, Then, is a Faithful and Prudent Steward?"

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I heard an interview over the radio on BBC yesterday. Dr. William Halbert is one of those rare scientists who is also a convinced Christian. He is on the National Bioethics Committee and communicates with the Vatican regularly on issues involving medical research. Although not a Catholic, he has deep respect and appreciation for the Catholic Church’s rational perspective on moral matters. Dr. Halbert has been trying to reconcile two seemingly competing points of view. As a Christian, Dr. Halbert is convinced that the use for embryos for stem cell applications is a violation of human dignity. “We should not turn procreation into production,” he says. On the other hand, as a scientist, he in committed to creating stem cells that can be harvested through cells that are not embryonic. In fact, according to Dr. Halbert, the use of non embryonic stem cells is successful on rats and it won’t be too long before this scientific breakthrough is available for human application. Dr. Halbert is an accomplished scientist. But there is a one crucial difference between him and many others – he is a “Christian” scientist.

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August 5, 2007: Eighteenth Sunday - Fr. Satish

"Vanity of Vanities, All Things are Vanity"

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I have not been more torn in life as I have been these days. I am torn between my father who is recovering from a severe heart-attack in India and my ministry in the United States. Just the other night, I could not sleep any longer. I lay in my bed thinking… “Life,” I said, “life offers such hard choices.” I know I must leave home soon for Dayton to continue my ministry. I knew that this parting was going to be like none other. The next day, my niece who was preparing to leave home to begin her medical school snuck up next to me and said, “I so want to go, and yet, I so do not want to go.” She was crying bitterly. For a moment I was speechless. Her sentiments and mine were so similar. Only, she had captured it so well. At least, I was not alone. We found comfort in each other. Misery had found company.

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July 29, 2007: Seventeenth Sunday - Fr. Satish

"Standing Between the Gap"

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I heard an evangelical preacher once preach on the topic, “standing between the gap.” He was referring to a special group of people who feel called to stand between God, on the one hand, and his people on the other, and intercede. That’s all they do in their spiritual life. They do not pray for themselves or for their own needs. They “stand between the gap.” This is a special calling, a special ministry.

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July 22, 2007: Sixteenth Sunday - Fr. Satish

He Who Does Justice Will Live in the Presence of the Lord"

Sunday Mass Readings (I was hoping to be back in the US after my vacation in India. I am still in India because my father has had a serious heart attack. Please pray for him and my safe return on the 6th of August. ) In any case, let me begin this homily with a story from India. Consider the state of this immigrant. His land has been taken away to build a cheap car factory. The compensation he received could hardly sustain him and his family. He has since left his ancestral property and is now an immigrant in the already over populated city of Calcutta. He lives with his family in the pavement and depends on menial labor to make a living. He is an immigrant with no where to go. In the US too, there are many such sad stories of immigrants that have come to the fore particularly since the immigration issue has become a rather debated topic.

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June 24, 2007: Twelveth Sunday - Fr. Satish

“The Paradox of the Cross"



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(Fr. Satish's homily podcast is unavailable till July 15, 2007 due to his vacation in India).
The famous singer Madonna has never failed to surprise or even shock her audience. On June 18th 2004, she offered a fabulous interview with back. Her last world tour was called, “Reinvention.” When asked what she was doing right now this is what Madonna said, ‘Just liberating myself from my ego.” She even renamed herself in the process of liberating herself. She went through all the names in the Bible and chose Esther, because Esther risked her life to save the Jewish people from annihilation. As she said, she was tired of drawing attention to herself by taking off clothes and doing out of the way acts. Now at 45, it was time to liberate herself from her own ego. She regrets turning the apple cart because at the end of it all, all people see in the turned apple cart. She said she did not offer any alternative so that at the end of it all she only succeeded in creating confusion. She wants to change all that. The solution is to liberate herself from her ego. This is the self-named ‘rebel’ who did rebellious things like taking off her clothes for the sake of doing it. Her family life with Guy Ritchie and her two children is so contrary to the rebel image she revelled in that at 45 it seems that Madonna is indeed getting ‘smarter.’ At least that is what she said.

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