Saturday, August 29, 2009

Indulgences for praying the Rosary

An Indulgence is the remission of the temporal punishment we suffer for our sins either in Purgatory or on earth. A Plenary Indulgence remits all the temporal punishment due to sin. A Partial Indulgence remits part of it.

A Plenary Indulgence...
may be gained (under the usual conditions) when the Rosary is prayed in Church, in a family group or in a religious community. Also:
  • Five (5) decades of the Rosary must be prayed continuously.
  • The prayers of the Rosary must be prayed vocally and one must meditate upon the Mysteries of the Rosary.
  • If the recitation of the Rosary is public, the Mysteries of the Rosary must be announced.
A Partial Indulgence...
One may gain a partial indulgence for the Rosary's recitation in whole or in part in other circumstances.
A Plenary Indulgence...
can be gained only once a day (except by those who are in danger of death.)
* to gain a plenary indulgence one must perform the indulgenced act. Three other conditions must be fulfilled:
  1. A sacramental confession
  2. Eucharistic Communion
  3. Prayers for the Pope's intentions
In addition, one must be free of all attachments to sin, even venial sin. If this complete integrity is not present or if the above conditions are not fulfilled the indulgence is only partial. Both a plenary and partial indulgence may be applied to the dead.

Divine Call - Dare to be Different

Eternally Only with Mary and In Jesus
JESUS OUR MODEL


Jesus is Alive

f o r   y o u . . . . .

...He came
     Jesus said..."The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many"... "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him"..."I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
Matthew 20:28; John 3:16, 17; 10:10

...He died
     You see, at jus the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Jesus Christ...gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age. For Christ died for our sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring us to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.
Romans 5:6-8; Galatians 1:3, 4; 1 Peter 3:18
   
 ...He rose from the dead
     For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all - how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 4:25; 8:31, 32
 
Jesus has promised us in the Gospel of St John 14:14 - "If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it."
We know that the Lord is true to HIS promises and with this trust we pray and believe. We invoke God's Power and Healing Love of Jesus through the intercession of Blessed Virgin Mary.

We have such a High  Priest, who sits at the right of the throne of the Divine Majesty in heaven.? (Hebrews 8:1). And so he is able, now and always, to save those who come to God through him, because he lives forever to plead with God for them.?(Hebrews 17:25)  
Jesus will never turn away from us in our time of need. His Love and Mercy is boundless. Let us together lift up our prayers to him in complete faith.

As long as Moses held up his arms, the Israelites won, but when he put his arms down, the Amalekites started winning.? (Exodus 17:11)  
We want to raise up our hands to intercede unceasingly to Jesus for your petitions. At "Christ to the World" all our Intercessory Prayer Groups will present your urgent individual prayer request to the Lord.
Keep praying, Keep Loving and Live Christ as Paul says after he encountered Christ on the road to Damascus - "To Live is Christ"

My Inspiration
is Br Terry Fernando, a lay missionary, who is divinely inspired, totally and unconditionally submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Jesus sai
 "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works,
and glorify your Father who is in heaven"
(Matthew 5:16.)

 Br Terry is a person, who carries in his heart the inseparable Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus - One Loving Heart. He is on fire, and is prepared to help anyone, anytime. Personally I have witnessed, numerous healings, conversion of hearts of those who are already catholics, conversions of religion for those who are not baptized and/or from other religions, and most significantly numerous people have accepted our Lord at their moment of death due to Br Terry's amazing super zeal to prepare the dying, at any hour of the day - for the last 40 years.

Contact for prayer requests
We conduct regular prayer meetings every Sunday, throughout the year, across Sydney, NSW, Australia. We invoke God power and healing love through the intercession of Blessed Virgin Mother Mary.

You can send your intercessory prayer requests to jesuschrist2theworld@gmail.com and let's work together in the Lord's vineyard.

Monday, August 24, 2009

References on Hell from Scripture

References on Hell from the Holy Bible

"The way of sinners is made plain with stones, and in their end is hell, and darkness, and pains. " (Ecclesiasticus 21: 11, stones: broad and easy.)

"The proud have hidden a net for me. And they have stretched out cords for a snare: they have laid for me a stumbling-block by the wayside." (Psalms 139: 6)

"Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, which was prepared for the devil and his angels." (Matthew 25: 41)

"Every tree that yielded not good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the the fire." (Matthew 7: 19)

"These shall go into everlasting punishment." (Matthew 25: 46)

"He will give fire, and worms into their flesh, and they may burn and may feel forever." (Judith 16: 21)

"The pool of fire where both the beast and the false prophet shall be tormented day and night forever and ever." (Apocalypse 20: 9-10)

"And the smoke of their torments shall ascend up forever and ever." (Apocalypse 14: 11)

"A land of misery and darkness, where the shadow of death, and no order, but everlasting horror dwelleth." (Job 10: 22)

"There is no peace to the wicked." (Isaias 47: 22)

"There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 8:12)

"The nourishment thereof is fire and much wood: the breath of the Lord as a torrent of brimstone kindling it." (Isaias 30: 33)

"Everyone shall be salted with fire." (Mark 9: 48)

as one falls into Hell, so he shall forever remain. ". . . in what place soever it shall fall, there shall it be." (Ecclesiastes 11:3)

"The wicked shall see, and be angry, he shall gnash with his teeth, and pine away. . . " (Psalms 111: 10) "

"Their worm shall not die, and their fire shall not be quenched." (Isaias 66: 24) "He will give fire, and worms into their flesh, and they may burn and may feel forever." (Judith 16: 21) 

Further Reading

How Satan will be conquered

Jesus tells us How He will conquer the Devil
The Word of God promises, foretells and reveals us in Rev 20:2 the manner in which Jesus will conquer the Satan. I came across TLIG (for all details read the position  of  Catholic  Church - CDF (Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith) by then Cardinal Josef Ratzinger, now our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI

Jesus in conversation with Vassula, says

"I have taught you what True Life in Me means; pray often, pray daily the Holy Rosary, for this little chain shall be The Chain in which Satan will be chained and conquered! I give you My Peace, never doubt; we, us?"

Scripture says that Satan will be chained (Rv. 20:2), I think it will be when all humanity will recite the Holy Rosary, the whole globe. When this day comes, Satan will be conquered and crushed, by "the chain" of the Rosary.

Reference from Holy Bible
"And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years"

Reference from TLIG Message

Other related messages from Holy Bible
Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden '?"

Isaiah 24:22 They will be gathered together Like prisoners in the dungeon, And will be confined in prison; And after many days they will be punished.

2 Peter 2:4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment;

Jude 1:6 And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day,

Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him

Further Reading

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Br Keane - now forever with Christ - his Eternal Home


Br J A Keane
-2009

Br Tony Keane was laid to rest in the Edmund Rice Cemetery in Baldoyle following Mass in St. Patrick’s Nursing home this morning. The Mass was concelebrated by Bishop Fiacre O’Kelly (a school mate of Tony’s from Ennis CBS) and Fr. Tom Earley. The chapel was packed for the occasion by members of Tony’s family, relations and friends, Brothers and former Brothers, three past-pupils, and others, who gathered to celebrate the life of a truly extraordinary man, to thank God for the gift that Tony was to so many people, and to pray for the happy repose of his soul.
Br. Senan D’Souza (Mt. Abu ’74) gave the homily in which he reflected on Tony’s huge level of commitment to anything he took up, his spirit of faith which nurtured him through the difficult times, and his extraordinary skill in connecting with his pupils at a depth that touched them so much that his memory stayed with them over all the intervening years. Their admiration of his pupils for him as a person is quite exceptional. This was underlined by the presence of Anil Dang (St Columba's ’63), who flew in from New Delhi for the occasion, and Melvin Godinho (Mt Abu ’64), Waterford Institute of Technology, who travelled up from Mooncoin.
Tony was not one to confine himself to school and classroom where he expended great energy in teaching. He had a very personal interest in the lives of his pupils and was genuinely supportive of them in their problems and difficulties. He spent two terms travelling around India on vocation promotion and gave himself fully to the task. His interest in the new recruits did not cease once they had joined but continued over time through letters and visits.
He was one of the pioneers who moved into the village of Amgi in Surat District. He was very happy to be there and shared the lives of the simple village folk as he struggled to come to terms with the intricacies of Gujarati. He was always ready to face any challenge and did his best pick up some of the local village dialect which unfortunately had no resemblance to Gujarati.
In later life he became involved with some village folk in Tamilnadu who had suffered loss during the tsunami. His priority was to try to provide proper housing for the affected people and in this he was helped in great part by the generosity of his large circle of friends in Ennis and elsewhere. He took great satisfaction in the opening of the first church in the world dedicated to Blessed Edmund Rice in Sivagangi, Madurai. In this he was helped also by Jim Boyle and Ben Mooney from Donegal who were also involved in similar work in that area. Both Jim and Ben attended the funeral.
Brothers from India or who had been in India who attended were; Joe O’Donovan, Michael Shannon, Pat Tynan, Michael Walsh, Liam Deasy, Tom Samuel, John Corbett, E.X.Leonard and many former and local Brothers.
The family are very appreciative of all the messages of sympathy received from so many past-pupils.
— Br Pat Gaffney


I have just come home from the funeral Mass for Bro. Tony Keane in St. Patrick's in Baldoyle. The chapel was packed and there was a really good atmosphere there. Bishop Fiachra Ó Ceallaigh (a fomer Ennis school colleague of Tony's) concelebrated the Mass with another school colleague, whose name I'm afraid I did not get.
Great tributes were paid to Tony (referred to by all as John Joe). A really expressive eulogy was read by Indian Bro. Souza, who is studying here, I believe. Then there was the remarkable presence of a Mr. Anil Dang who flew in from Delhi yesterday. He was a former pupil of Tony's 50 years ago. He made a short emotional contribution, recalling the great teacher that he had. He laid a nice floral wreath on the grave.
At the presentation of gifts there was a nice framed photo of Tony in white soutane placed on the altar.
It was a drizzly wet day for the funeral, a typical damp February day ... Tony might have smiled at the idea of being laid to rest among his own in our 'soft' Irish weather. The burial service was dignified and concluded with 'Salve Regina'. The decade of the Rosary was omitted due to the drizzle.
Incidentally, the 'Mass for a Christian Brother' order of service contained the following moving excerpt by the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore and with which you are no doubt familiar:

“Death is not the end of life,
It is only putting out the lamp,
Because the Dawn has come.”
I met my brother Leo there and spoke to others, including Bro. Gaffney, over a cup of tea. I was sitting beside a sister-in-law of Tony's during the Mass. They had travelled from Ennis yesterday. Also met Bro. Johnny Carroll whose sister Patricia (RIP) was married to our first cousin. He is well looked after in the nursing home. I had met him in Rome when we were there in 1981, when Leo was on his Tertianship there.
Anyway, I felt that I was representing John/Ben and St. Columba's in a way and I was really glad that I went out to Baldoyle this morning.
—Paddy Judge (brother of Br J B Judge)

Br Keane is the most significant part of my memories of SMS and Abu. Last saw him nearly 31 years ago but his memories remain as fresh as yesterday. Probably the best human being I will ever meet. May God bless him.
—Phalguni Mukherjee (1978)

It is with great sadness that we, the Brothers of the West Coast Region, heard this morning of the passing on of Tony Keane. He was a wonderfully enthusiastic Brother, full of energy for the mission of the Brothers in India. He loved being with people and a large number of his Brothers, friends and admirers are going to miss him for a long time to come.
Tony made his name in the 1970s as Principal of St. Mary's School, Mt. Abu. He was a most caring Principal and hosts of parents recall to this day the great care and attention that he took for each and every student in the school.
Before that he had been a most committed and energetic Vocation Promoter. Moving from school to school, he motivated many a young person to join the Brothers. Tony had two stints as Vocation Promoter and was equally effective in both the stints.
Tony was a great teacher. He was a bundle of energy in the classroom. I once observed him taking a Maths class in St. Vincent's, Asansol. He was a very close teacher and made sure that every boy in the class room understood what he was teaching.
When the Brothers, moved in to the rural missions in the early 1980s, Tony was selected to be part of the first community in Mandal. He made a herculean effort to learn Gujarati and he will be always remembered in the village of Amji where he lived for some time in a hut in the village. Francis Braganza, the retired Bishop of Baroda was full of praise for the way Tony integrated himself with the village people.
Above all, Tony was a deeply spiritual person. His commitment to the mission of the Brothers in India was the fruit of his prayer.
Tony spent a few years as Executive Secretary of NARBI, the National Association of Religious Brothers. He travelled extensively during this time Sleeper Class all over India trying to enthuse Brothers in India to form chapters in different parts of India. It was during one of these visits that he came across a Dalit Village in Tamil Nadu. He took special care of this village, improving the water system and helping with low cost housing. He raised funds to set up the first Edmund Rice church in the world in this Dalit village. Tony was also associated with the Edmund Rice Family in Bangalore. He was a source of great inspiration to them.
Till a few days ago, Tony was in great spirits. His eyes had been giving trouble but that did not depress him unduly. All of a sudden, he suffered a massive stroke three days ago and never recovered consciousness. He died in the Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, Members of his family and a few Brothers were with him as he breathed his last.
Tony, in the words of St. Paul has run the race. He pushed himself hard and “His reward is with the Lord.”

—Br. Mark D'Costa

Bro Tony Keane was my class teacher at Mt Abu 1956-1959. He was a truly inspiring teacher who gained the respect and affection of all his students. He had a gentle, yet firm way of guiding us along the right path, being able to maintain discipline yet still treat his young charges with respect.
In Dec 2007 I was finally able to meet up with him again at Regina Mundi (some 50 years had elapsed!) and was able to share some fond memories with him. Despite the numerous students he must have taught, his memory was still clear and sharp and he recounted some tales about my friend and classmate Prem Menon as if it was yesterday. Prem and I were planning on visiting him in Dublin this April ­ which sadly will now be too late. However I am in touch with several classmates ­ Prem Menon, Bernard D’Lima, Pat Louis, Benny Pius, and Colin Kelly who I’m sure will join me in wishing him a well earned rest. He has touched the lives of so many that he will not be forgotten.

—Chris Curtis (1959)


Br “Tony” Keane was a one-of-a-kind: an exemplary monk, inspiring teacher and all-round warm human being. It was a privilege to know and work with him. His distinctive laugh still comes to mind...

God rest his dear soul.
—Darryl Michael (1965)


It was a sense of sadness and nostalgia I felt today when I heard of Brother Keane's passing away. And also a sense of joy and celebration for the life of truly an extraordinary man ... who continues to live through the lives of thousands of students that he helped shape and make a difference to. What bigger legacy can a man leave behind?
My memories of Abu and Bro Keane are so closely interwoven together. He was a towering personality—both firm (and I know that from personal experience!) and gentle, of immense vision and compassion, and one who instilled in all of us both the passion to excel and the passion of heart.
I am blessed that I met him—by sheer chance—in Bangalore 2 years ago after almost 40 years. He remembered me by name, reminded me of some of the antics I got into, enquired about Victor and Ivan and my parents. And told me about all his work and passion for India. What an extraordinary man that we and India were so fortunate to call him our own. God bless Brother Keane and his family.
—Michael Menezes (1968)


I am terribly sorry to learn of Brother Keane's demise.
I authored a book published by the Indian arm of John Wiley and Sons. I dedicated it to Br. Keane. I conveyed this to him a few years ago and he thanked me profusely for it, inviting me to visit him in Bangalore where he was. Since my daughter was there, I went to Bangalore and tried to meet him and present a copy but was told that he had relocated to Goa. I remembered him just the other day when I had gone to SMS when it was shrouded in deep fog. On one such day in June 1966, I had gone there with my father to seek admission and met Br. Keane.
May his noble rest in eternal peace.
—Jagdeep Vaishnav (1969)


Br. Keane was my principal from 1976-80. I last met him in Sep 2005 when some of us from the batch of 1980 met in Abu for a Silver Jubilee reunion. I was moved when I stood in front of Br. Keane and he recalled who I was and the name of my hometown. That moment has kind of frozen in my memory and I shall never let it go away. Br. Keane, thank you for shaping my life. RIP.

—Parvez Balooch (1980)


My memories of Bro Keane are still vivid. He was our Princi in 1967. He had excellent teaching skills and possessed the right attitude while handling our recalcitrant escapades. A true leader. I learnt the finer nuances of the English language from him which has stood me in good stead all these years. It was his goading that made our batch produce results which were outstanding. To me SMS is synonymous with Bro Keane.

—Ranajit Sen (1968)


Brother Keane was undoubtedly a legendary figure among the Irish Christian Brothers who served at the only Christian Brothers school in Rajasthan. He was Principal from 1964 to 1968; I was there during his tenure, and what a period it was for us students. I still recall his profound yet simple words uttered at various occasions, “Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto Thine”. In class I’m sure all who have studied under him will recall his famous “Country born, country bred, broad in the shoulders and thick in the head.”The profound yet simple words of this extraordinary teacher were designed to jolt us into awareness of our imaginative personalities. His terse but persuasive sayings were known for their ability to render the stoutest and most hard core student to break down at this juncture. Brother Keane rarely ever resorted to the cane. I can only recall the one and only time he used the cane was to discipline some impish students who were made a public spectacle of to show that no half larks would be tolerated by the institution. Many have been touched by Brothers Keane’s profound wisdom and ability to manoeuvre students, parents and people in authority to bend towards his will.
Brother Keane was a stern disciplinarian, cutting to the core and wasting little effort on inessentials. I recall he could control all the students at large just with those piercing eyes of his. His very being and presence was held in awe by all the students. He was as far as I recall a very religious and God fearing man. I have seen this great personality praying for hours on end into the wee hours of the night. He proved a keen observer of boys and like a gardener groomed the students under him to bring out their utmost potential. It would be wishful thinking on my part to feel that all the students had a very high regard for this austere and dedicated man. I know I had my share of tiffs with him. I used to be reminded on many an occasion when I broke bounds that I would be given a one way ticket home.
My greatest teachers in life have been my parents who taught me the virtues of questioning and making my own choices in life. Keane was instrumental in bringing out the best and beast in me; he was like the proverbial goldsmith who saw that products that passed through his hands were tested in the hottest furnace. I know a host of ex-students would not agree to what a large majority of us Marians have in regard for this dominating individual. He had a penchant for changing lives. I am grateful for having had him as my mentor who brought the best out in me to look at my shortfalls and to face life with my chest out and look the world in the eye.

Throughout Keane’s tenure as principal of the school he strived for the betterment of the school. I remember him digging the first sod for the new block that would expand the school, it was a momentous and exceptional moment in his life, his whole being radiated a glowing aura of positive vibes amongst all present that day. His actions and his constant concern for the welfare of the school and students inspired us towards new paths, toward something that elevated our lives from boring to meaningful.
I did miss him in my final year as my mentor. He was transferred and Brother Judge another beacon of light was there for us in my final year. God rest the soul of these two marvellous men who have given so much and have asked nothing in return, except we become good and responsible citizens of this world.
Brother Keane came back to the school as principal for another 5 years from 1976 -1981. I did meet him once or twice when I returned in the eighties and then for the last time when he came to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of the school. His influence will always be felt by students who have had the good fortune of studying under him. The quote by Henry Brooks Adams sums up the achievements of this unforgettable Brother: “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”

May his soul rest in peace.

—Ainsley Priestman (1969)
(from his blog)


Thanks to Tony, the five of us went to Abu all the way from Goa and consequently he recruited me to the CBs. It was not an easy road in many ways, but Tony was always dependable with his bubbling personality and his prayerful support. The association with me and my family goes back 34 years. I came to live closely with Tony during my time at the CRI Brothers' Institute in Bangalore where he was Executive Secretary for NARBI. The legacy he leaves behind in India is just amazing. The lives he touched from Abu to Gujarat, Bangalore to interior Tamil Nadu (Sivagangai - venue of the first Blessed Edmund Rice Church in the world) not counting the entire Brotherhood in the Indian scenario are countless. He will sadly be missed by the many who had the good fortune of knowing him.

Tony, you have already earned your reward and now you rest in peace in the arms of a loving God awaiting the rest of us who will dearly miss your presence among us.

—Roy da Silva (1977)


My fond memory of Br. Keane is to recall his infectious enthusiasm, shown by him along with the students and teachers who were watching one of the early hockey matches of the Rynold's Hockey Tournment 1956 on the Big Pitch against St. Laurence School, or the Field Ambulance, when he taught those that were watching the game the Maori War Cry: “Eee O Raa, Eee O Raa, Yaki Yaki, Come On St. Mary's”
May his soul rest in peace.

—Chris Joseph (1956)


Br. Keane was my Principal after Br. Mulligan (can't remember which year), till my final year at St. Mary's (1979). Br. Keane was our English teacher in our final year & my best memory is how he interpreted Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. The way Shakespeare wrote was no way near what we understood it, but Br. Keane made it so easy the way he interpreted it.
Br. Keane was hard on all of us.....but after having left St. Mary's, I know that what he did to us was for our own good & for that I thank him for me being able to live my life.
Rest in Peace Br. Keane.......Memories of you during my school days will remain forever. And I Thank You for the knowledge You gave us. Your journey is now complete.
—Walter Rodrigues (1979)


I remember clearly the sight of Bro. Keane striding through the jungles of Mount Abu, dressed in his customary whites, with a gaggle of boys around him singing the songs of the IRA at the top of his voice. While the songs are probably not politic today, those were happy days and Bro. Keane had very much to do with it. I can only surmise, that if he had the same positive influence on all those he came in contact with, as he had on me from 1956 -1958, then he would have influenced a generation of Abu boys. 'Those that shall do and teach shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven' was one of his favourite quotes from the Sermon. Well dear Bro. Keane your rewards are well deserved.
—Bernard D'Lima (1959)


What a great guy. he was my mentor from 1955 to 1959. A great teacher, a wonderfully caring person, and always on the watch for your welfare. I think of him often when I think of SMS and ABU. Can still picture him climbing a tall tree(I was only 13 so it was tall to me) to reach into an Oriole's nest and retreive a prized egg for me. Another time he was convenienetly at the bottom of a date palm as I slid down it scraping my chest and legs while saving a couple of eggs. He did a good job of trying to get me into the Novitiate. I got back from Nairobi as far as Bombay and then turned around again.
I can also picture him standing in front of the blackboard, teaching Math with a stick in his hand, and columns of numbers on the board. He would ask you to stand up and add the numbers, as he zigzagged across the board, and you had to have the correct answer when he stop and asked for it.
I believe he was also the founding editor of the first Oriole in 1959, my last year.
God bless his soul. My thoughts and prayers are with him.
—Peter Paul de Souza (1959)


Br. Keane was my principal at Abu during my years there. I was shocked to hear of his demise. He was instrumental in instilling in me (and hopefully others)a sense of displine and love of life. He was always available to us boarders for whatever problems we had in life. He was also witness to my first vows during my short stint with the Christian Brothers.
I will always remember him and I pray for his soul to rest in peace.

—Jnanaprakash Prabhu (1980)


I was so sorry to hear about the passing of our dear Brother Keane (nicknamed Kip-cho and the White Whale when he took us out swimming to Shallow Bay and the School Lake!
He is in Peace and must be just beginning to enjoy Eternity.
I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Bro Keane - still “Sir” to us! (Found it hard to call him Brother even after so many years). He remembered my face and name and even remembered events in my school life; that's how much me knew us as boys when at St. Marys, Mt. Abu (1966-1972).
I owe him my own vocation as a teacher in Catholic Education as he was my role model at school. I am still teaching in a Catholic College in New Zealand and have taught in Catholic Schools in India and New Zealand for the past 25 years.
Brother was such an inspiration in my life that I named my first son Keane (now 24) after him. When I met him in Bangalore two years ago I mentioned this to him and watched the “Keane chuckle” develop and witnessed the humorous twinkle develop in his eye!

I will always remember Brother admitting me to Mt. Abu in May of 1966 after the school year had begun and how he told me that I could pass off as an Irishman with a name like Kevin O'Kan-nan provided I stayed indoors!
Keep me and mine in your heavenly intersessions!

—Kevin Kannan (1972)



Bro. Keane will be remembered by all who were in his charge.
Over the years,
my memory of him grew ever more stronger.
Perhaps he lives in each of us.
Perhaps he taught us well.
Perhaps we like to be like him.
Perhaps we are simply, blessed.

Between the lines
of each of all his wonderful evening prayer services
he woould want us to do our best
in the words Promite Vires.

To Bro Keane
and all the Christian Brothers,
we knew in Mt. Abu and around the world,
please accept my humble "thank you".

—Ricardo Afonso (1976)


He who shaped me in my life. I used to call him the ghost who walks. I used to love it when he called me PATTEHL. May God bless his soul.

—Sayeed Patel (1980)

Kip Joe was Princy for all of my 7 years at Abu bar one. His enthusiasm and drive saw St Mary's grow from strength to strength. Through my years in Abu he taught me English and Maths but more importantly instilled in me a sense of fair play.
When I think of Kip I remember the drives to Town in the new school jeep, his treating the boys who performed at the Aravali Summer Fest to a meal in town, his rendition of O Sole Mio, his tales of all the boys he outfoxed through the years in Abu and his inspirational messages every evening in the Chapel.
I was fortunate to meet up with Br Keane twice in Bangalore. In 2004 he was still in his prime. He remembered mos of the faces in the photos I had over a cuppa in Bangalore. Then I took the family—wife and 2 kids—to see him in Mar 2007 and he was fading at that stage. He still remembered me but we were not able to make conversation easily.
Thank you for helping in making me what I am today Kip Joe. Rest in Peace.

—Andre Rasquinha (1981)


Few people have influenced my life as profoundly as Bro Keane(Kip) has. He was my principal from 1976 to 1981 and I have no doubt that a lot of what I am today, I can credit to him.

Over the past few days I have had a million pictures flash thru my head. His game schedule put up on the notice board every day, him sitting outside the big dorm to take down the game scores every evening. His famous Green pilot pens...

ABCD are letters not alphabets... there is just one English alphabet and it has 26 letters....

His extempore stories that he told everyday at evening prayer... In 8 years there were few that were repeated.

I had the pleasure of meeting him a few times over the last 5 years and it amazed me that he remembered me... “Pereira boy” he called me.. he even remembered my brothers Warren and Arron and told me a story of how he caught Arron trying to bunk out of school. The last time I met him was at my sons Sports day at St. Columbus New Delhi. He was on the podium amongst other brothers (Philip Pinto, Christopher, Finn) and teachers, as a guest of honour. I was standing right by the podium as it was a great vantage point to take pictures. Thru the day, each of them were called on to give away prizes. When they had gone thru all the persons on the stage, I suddenly heard my name called out to give away prizes.

I was quite honoured to give away prizes to the kids and it took me back to our sports prize ceremonies in Abu. After I had finished and was heading back to my place by the podium, Kip called me “Oye...” he caught my hand and pulled me to him and whispered in my year.. “I never thought I would see the day...” I saw the pride of a father in his eyes when he said that ....

God Bless you Kip, we were the clay and you were truly the Potter...

—Byron Pereira (1983)


Br Keane was Principal when I joined St Mary's in 1966. Over the years he became a part of our family during our long association with the Christian Brother and with St Mary's, Mt Abu.
His towering figure and clear crisp communication style could not fail to leave a long-lasting impression. The manner in which he embraced Indian culture and language was an inspiration to all of us who have adapted to other cultures as we have migrated to different parts of the world.

He was a man of his word, even when he could reasonably have retracted. When my youngest brother was in Kindergarten at Sophia he asked Br. Keane when he could join St Mary's and was told “when you pass your exams.” Sure enough, when Bhairav showed him his KG “report” a few months later, he was admitted to Class 3 at St Mary's!!
We were blessed to have such wonderful teachers led by Br Keane and Br Judge. We will miss him dearly and pray that his soul rests in peace.

—Shanker Trivedi (1971)


As my principal from 1976 to 1981, Br Keane was a massive influence on me and impressed me greatly with his discipline and straight forward demeanor. Life was black & white for him with little room for shades of grey is what most impressed me.
He spoke straight, laughed loudly and infected all around him with his love for live by being a larger than life character!
St Mary's and I own him a gratitude and I will forever miss the opportunity of not seeing him in his later years.

Principals and teachers influence generations together and Br Keane certainly left his stamp on the minds and hearts of his students. They in turn will influence their own kids and Br Keane would have had a bigger influence than he would have realized!
Cheers to a life well lived.

All we can hope for as mortals, is to leave the world slightly better than the one we came into. By that measure, Br Keane has triumphed in death as in life!

—Hemant Amin (1982)


There is this proverbial Irish saying “A kind word never broke anyones mouth” and that's what our beloved Brother Keane practiced everyday of his life.
He was my principal and I also had the pleasure of him teaching English in Class 10. Julius Caesar was never so pleasurable when it flew from his teachings.
However, Brother Keane was one of the finest human beings that I believe I have met and will ever meet. Charming and witty, compassionate and benevolent, strict and fair are aspects of his character that he practiced with transparency and fairness.

He never lost sight of his mission that took him all around the globe: teaching children, helping the underprivileged and serving God.
To me he was my "Guru", a person that I always looked up with awe and admiration.

Seldom do individuals leave such permanent marks on the lives of so many and that he did. I am now past 40 and yet his memory, charm and laughter are so vivid in my memory. That's the mark of Brother Keane!
It was 5:00 in the morning when I got the news from Sunil Noronha and that was one of the saddest days in my life. I had the same feeling when my father left me in 1996. Thats what he was to me and I am sure to alot of us.
Brother Keane, the world is now a sadder place with you gone and I know that you are up there in heaven looking down on all of us whose lives you shaped and we thank God for creating people like you.

—Darshak Mehta (1979)


A person of strength, a person of love, an angel in disguise sent to SMS from above. Many memories, to keep going on we will not miss you for to do so would mean you're gone. In our hearts we'll ever so treasure the memories the lessons we have instilled in our lives together.

—Melanius McBain (1984)


I met Br. Keane as the principal of our school St. Augustines, Vasai. I have never seen any person who would remember the name of each and every student in the whole school. He personally related with each and every student. We have learnt a great deal from our Brother Keane. He lives in the memory of each of his students.

—Geejo Davis (1996)


I am saddened to know of Br. Keane's passing. He has enriched so many lives in his time on Earth—including mine.

I was a student at St. Mary's for only one year (1979), but in that short year Br. Keane made an impression on my life that will endure. Being the son of an Army officer, I moved schools very frequently. It was difficult to fit in, and I knew that my stay would be short. I was not doing very well—my test results were not very good. I do not know what he saw in me, but whatever it was, it was visible to him but not to me.

He said that my difficulties in academics were temporary, that I should stick to it, and that I could have a long career in education. I found that difficult to believe. In December that year, we moved again, and I enrolled in St. John's High School, Chandigarh. After my usual academic performance in 9th class half-yearlies, I was down in the dumps, when I unexpectedly received a letter and a Christmas card from him. It was astounding! One year later, he still felt connected to this one student who had spent only 10 months under his wing! Something changed in me that winter, and Br. Keane's faith in me, his unyielding hope in perseverance had a lot to do with it. I did well in High School, getting 1 point in Math and Science, giving my parents the vapors (me too, I have to confess).

Many decades on, I am a teacher and researcher, trying to bridge the ever-shrinking gap between neurobiology and psychology, trying to understand how neuronal activity leads to things like perception and cognition.

I miss my annual exchange of Christmas cards, the blessings of Br. Keane. The direction and course of my life are the result of Br Keane, who transformed what could have been a passing acquaintanceship into a tangible bond, bringing out unsuspected qualities and abilities.

I will never forget him, and his influence will live on in the message I give to my own child, and to the next generation of students.

—Avinash D. Singh Bala (1982)


I cannot think of my wonderful days at Mt. Abu and not think of Br. Keane. The two are synonomous in my mind. He challenged us to be the best and many of us are what we are today because of him. I'm lucky to have had the privilege to have known such a kind and compassionate man. Br. Keane, rest in peace and Godspeed. You will always be in our hearts and minds, and in our prayers. Rest in peace!

—Malcolm D'Souza (1980)


My memories of Br Keane stretch back over 45 years when, as a young boy of 7, I had accompanied my father to the Brother's cottage at Mount Abu for a pre-admission meeting. This was in Dec 1963 and school had closed for the winter. I recall to this day the warmth with which we were received, very different indeed from the receptions that my children and I have generally received from school principals across the country. Br Keane was to be our teacher in 1967-68. His personality left an indelible mark and when I learnt in 2004 that he too was residing in Bangalore, I lost little time in calling on him with my son in tow. He appeared to be in rather good health and moved about quite energetically. He wanted to know whether I had visited Abu after 1971 and said it would be a pilgrimage of sorts whenever I did. That was the last time that I met him. Today I came across the news of his demise and was deeply saddened. Another towering figure around whom childhood memories were woven had departed. I shall always cherish those distant yet vivid memories set in the beautiful hills and skies of Mount Abu. May his soul rest in peace.

—Kalyan Mukherjee (1971)


Brother Keane was the Principal of SMS when I passed out in 1966. He taught us Maths & English Language if I am not mistaken. After leaving school I had the oppurtunity of meeting him on several occassions. I met him when he was learning Gujerati at St. Xaviers College, Ahmedabad, and when he told me why he was pursuing a course in Gujerati I just could not help marvel at the dedication he had to fight against the injustice faced by the poor farmers of rural India. He was a great teacher and the VALUES he inculcated in me makes me what I am. May his Soul rest in peace.

—Saifee Shahpurwala (1966)


The words that come to mind regarding Br Keane are “standards” and “respect.” He set standards at mountain tops, which was a real bother to us. Until we realized, decades later, that the standards he set himself were stratospheric. Impeccable handwriting, diction, grooming and posture. Mixed in with compassion and selfless human service, commanding the universal respect of staff, boys, parents and townsfolk.

He had us tear out a page, fold it in half and place it under our 10-year-old hands as we wrote in our exercise books, so that our work was blotch-free. He instituted the morning inspection of uniforms, fingernails, handkerchiefs ... and often enough he'd check that the backs of our shoes were polished too. He knew all our tricks, and made it clear he'd have none of them.

The discipline was balanced with caring, even affection. Out swimming at School Lake, he'd give the younger boys—the non-swimmers—rides on his back across the “channel.” The little chaps would hang on like baby koalas. And while minding dinner in the refectory, he'd often insist on being served a bowl of our soup—a message to both management and boys.

It came as no surprise that he'd set himself among the villagers of Gujarat to do something extraordinary. Just another routine act of a moral giant.

We were immensely privileged to have been launched off his shoulders, across the channel and into the world.

—Val Noronha (1973)

Br Keane - Christ to the people of India


Br. Tony Keane
A brief interview with Br Tony Keane

Br Tony Keane passed away in Feb 2009. Below is the extract of interview before he left India and went back to Ireland for good on the 2nd of October. Failing health was the main reason for his sad departure from India where he had served for 57 years.
Q: When did you first come to India?
4th November 1951
Q: What are your fondest memories of India?

Working for the tribal people of Gujarat. It’s amazing but the lower down the social ladder you go the better the people and their values. My ex students who have thanked me not for the lessons but for the value they learned.
Q: What advice do you wish to pass on to RMS students?
You are very privileged,you come from good homes and backgrounds.Make use of school. Build your character and study hard. Every thing is taught in class so pay full attention. Don’t encourage those fooling around.
Q: What will you find hardest to say goodbye to in India ?
The people of India. The tribal people of Gujarat who took me right to their hearts. My brothers and my students.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Spiritual Compilation - Videos and Inspirational Readings - Fr Augustine

Jesus Christ is all that is, is all for you and that's what Fr Augustine gives anyone, anywhere, anytime

PRAISE the LORD


Background Information
Fr Augustine Vallooran is the director of Divine Retreat Center, Potta, Kerala, India. Divine Retreat is the largest catholic retreat center in the world.

Potta-Divine Retreat Ministry is part of the renewal Movement of the Vincentian Congregation in India, based on the spiritual traditions bequeathed by St. Vincent de Paul.

Today, Divine Retreat Centre is the largest retreat centre in the world. Since 1990, over 10 million pilgrims from all over the world have attended retreats here. Weekly retreats in 7 languages are held back-to-back non-stop every week of the year. It is truly an achievement only possible through the grace of God!
  
 
Below are his links on spiritual readings - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED


Visit the Official website of DRCM
http://www.drcm.org/



Contacting Fr Augustine Valloran for prayer
Are you feeling depressed ?

Are you in pain, bitter, sad ?

Are you feeling lost in your life?

Are you finding difficult to forgive someone who has hurt you or betrayed you?
Are you anxious, worried, uncertain of your life and future ?

Do you need to restore your broken marriage ? 

And finally Do you need the healing love of Jesus in your day to day life?


then - WHY NOT - TRY attending one of the retreat and give some of your time to Jesus.



For all your needs, contact Fr Augustine via this link and he will get back to you.
http://www.drcm.org/PrayerRequest.asp


Online Divine Tv
http://divinetv.in/


YOUTUBE LINKS for Fr Augustine Videos.
Click on link below that lists all Videos of Fr Augustine Vallooran. This includes his recent retreats overseas, his sermons during the Mass and other recorded spiritual talks.
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=fr+augustine+vallooran&aq=0









To listen and watch his spiritual talk on Resurrection, Hope and Life - click here

  1. Resurrection, Hope & Life with Jesus -Fr Augustine - 1
  2. Resurrection, Hope & Life with Jesus -Fr Augustine - 2
  3. Resurrection, Hope & Life with Jesus -Fr Augustine V.-Pt: 3
  4. Resurrection, Hope & Life with Jesus -Fr Augustine V.-Pt: 4
  5. Suffering, Natural Disasters and God -Fr Augustine V-Part1/4 1609
  6. Suffering, Natural Disasters and God -Fr Augustine V-Part2/4 1234
  7. Suffering, Natural Disasters and God -Fr Augustine V-Part3/4 1205
  8. Suffering, Natural Disasters and God -Fr Augustine V-Part4/4 1140
  9. Divine Vision - Biblical Based Truth about the Catholic Church from Potta 

Thanks, God Bless. Love in the Lord

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Need Intercession - call this man of God

Recently a friend requested me to write about Br Terry Fernando, a lay Catholic missionary about how he lives the sacrament of anointing. Below is my short update.

Also check article on Br Keane, cfc who lived in love for glory of Christ

As for Br Terry's personal, spiritual and educational background, I will mention it in few lines below. Personally I believe he is divinely inspired simply because he tirelessly and generously preaches people to enter God's kingdom only via the sacraments. As I learnt, this simply and truly is what the Compendium of Catholic church teaches us.

1526 "Is any among you sick? Let him call for the presbyters of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven" (Jas 5:14-15). - The Catechism of Catholic Church

Regarding Br Terry, his educational background is that he studied Philosophy and Theology as a part of his seminary life for 8 years as he had joined the Seminary to become a priest. So I know he is aware, inside out of the references of this Sacrament of praying and anointing over the sick, within Bible, its liturgy, union of the Holy Spirit, and communal celebration in the Lord.

Basically in his journey of life for God or his spiritual background, Br Terry has been doing this service to the people of God for the past 40 years. I personally know him from past 3 years but good enough to vouch for a grand testimony.
As for the sacrament of Anointing of the sick (of healing), when it comes to real life experiences such as

  • preparing a person for a peaceful catholic death,
  • preparing a sick to receive this sacrament,
  • before serious operations,
  • inspiring people to reconcile with God during final moments,
  • inspiring non christians and non catholics to receive Jesus (bodily as well as spiritual anointing),
  • arranging for a priest to administer this sacrament to one seriously ill at any moment - day and night, ceaselessly,
  • stressing the importance of sacrament of confession before truly expecting the sacrament of healing and forgiveness from Jesus
then I must admit, there is no one close to him that I know of in person who lives the sacraments

Now ofcourse, Br Terry does this, in addition to the general moral support that he provides to a person at his weakest moment in life, i.e during grave illness or at a point of death - a special way through initiation of this sacrament.
If you are in need of any prayers, need to cure a sick, need a healing of body and spirit, then contact Br Terry Fernando

Also read my related article on Sacrament on Anointing

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

THE SACRAMENTS OF HEALING

A sacrament of the sick
 
1511 The Church believes and confesses that among the seven sacraments there is one especially intended to strengthen those who are being tried by illness, the Anointing of the Sick:
This sacred anointing of the sick was instituted by Christ our Lord as a true and proper sacrament of the New Testament. It is alluded to indeed by Mark, but is recommended to the faithful and promulgated by James the apostle and brother of the Lord.125
1512 From ancient times in the liturgical traditions of both East and West, we have testimonies to the practice of anointings of the sick with blessed oil. Over the centuries the Anointing of the Sick was conferred more and more exclusively on those at the point of death. Because of this it received the name "Extreme Unction." Notwithstanding this evolution the liturgy has never failed to beg the Lord that the sick person may recover his health if it would be conducive to his salvation.126
 
1513 The Apostolic Constitution Sacram unctionem infirmorum,127 following upon the Second Vatican Council,128 established that henceforth, in the Roman Rite, the following be observed:
The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given to those who are seriously ill by anointing them on the forehead and hands with duly blessed oil - pressed from olives or from other plants - saying, only once: "Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up."129

II. WHO RECEIVES AND WHO ADMINISTERS THIS SACRAMENT?
 

In case of grave illness . . .
 
1514 The Anointing of the Sick "is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived."130

1515 If a sick person who received this anointing recovers his health, he can in the case of another grave illness receive this sacrament again. If during the same illness the person's condition becomes more serious, the sacrament may be repeated. It is fitting to receive the Anointing of the Sick just prior to a serious operation. The same holds for the elderly whose frailty becomes more pronounced.

" . . . let him call for the presbyters of the Church"

1516 Only priests (bishops and presbyters) are ministers of the Anointing of the Sick.131 It is the duty of pastors to instruct the faithful on the benefits of this sacrament. The faithful should encourage the sick to call for a priest to receive this sacrament. The sick should prepare themselves to receive it with good dispositions, assisted by their pastor and the whole ecclesial community, which is invited to surround the sick in a special way through their prayers and fraternal attention.


III. HOW IS THIS SACRAMENT CELEBRATED?

1517 Like all the sacraments the Anointing of the Sick is a liturgical and communal celebration,132 whether it takes place in the family home, a hospital or church, for a single sick person or a whole group of sick persons. It is very fitting to celebrate it within the Eucharist, the memorial of the Lord's Passover. If circumstances suggest it, the celebration of the sacrament can be preceded by the sacrament of Penance and followed by the sacrament of the Eucharist. As the sacrament of Christ's Passover the Eucharist should always be the last sacrament of the earthly journey, the "viaticum" for "passing over" to eternal life.

1518 Word and sacrament form an indivisible whole. The Liturgy of the Word, preceded by an act of repentance, opens the celebration. The words of Christ, the witness of the apostles, awaken the faith of the sick person and of the community to ask the Lord for the strength of his Spirit.

1519 The celebration of the sacrament includes the following principal elements: the "priests of the Church"133 - in silence - lay hands on the sick; they pray over them in the faith of the Church134 - this is the epiclesis proper to this sacrament; they then anoint them with oil blessed, if possible, by the bishop.
These liturgical actions indicate what grace this sacrament confers upon the sick.


IV. THE EFFECTS OF THE CELEBRATION OF THIS SACRAMENT

1520 A particular gift of the Holy Spirit. The first grace of this sacrament is one of strengthening, peace and courage to overcome the difficulties that go with the condition of serious illness or the frailty of old age. This grace is a gift of the Holy Spirit, who renews trust and faith in God and strengthens against the temptations of the evil one, the temptation to discouragement and anguish in the face of death.135 This assistance from the Lord by the power of his Spirit is meant to lead the sick person to healing of the soul, but also of the body if such is God's will.136 Furthermore, "if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven."137

1521 Union with the passion of Christ. By the grace of this sacrament the sick person receives the strength and the gift of uniting himself more closely to Christ's Passion: in a certain way he is consecrated to bear fruit by configuration to the Savior's redemptive Passion. Suffering, a consequence of original sin, acquires a new meaning; it becomes a participation in the saving work of Jesus.

1522 An ecclesial grace. The sick who receive this sacrament, "by freely uniting themselves to the passion and death of Christ," "contribute to the good of the People of God."138 By celebrating this sacrament the Church, in the communion of saints, intercedes for the benefit of the sick person, and he, for his part, through the grace of this sacrament, contributes to the sanctification of the Church and to the good of all men for whom the Church suffers and offers herself through Christ to God the Father.

1523 A preparation for the final journey. If the sacrament of anointing of the sick is given to all who suffer from serious illness and infirmity, even more rightly is it given to those at the point of departing this life; so it is also called sacramentum exeuntium (the sacrament of those departing).139 The Anointing of the Sick completes our conformity to the death and Resurrection of Christ, just as Baptism began it. It completes the holy anointings that mark the whole Christian life: that of Baptism which sealed the new life in us, and that of Confirmation which strengthened us for the combat of this life. This last anointing fortifies the end of our earthly life like a solid rampart for the final struggles before entering the Father's house.140


V. VIATICUM, THE LAST SACRAMENT OF THE CHRISTIAN

1524 In addition to the Anointing of the Sick, the Church offers those who are about to leave this life the Eucharist as viaticum. Communion in the body and blood of Christ, received at this moment of "passing over" to the Father, has a particular significance and importance. It is the seed of eternal life and the power of resurrection, according to the words of the Lord: "He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day."141 The sacrament of Christ once dead and now risen, the Eucharist is here the sacrament of passing over from death to life, from this world to the Father.142

1525 Thus, just as the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist form a unity called "the sacraments of Christian initiation," so too it can be said that Penance, the Anointing of the Sick and the Eucharist as viaticum constitute at the end of Christian life "the sacraments that prepare for our heavenly homeland" or the sacraments that complete the earthly pilgrimage.


IN BRIEF

1526 "Is any among you sick? Let him call for the presbyters of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven" (Jas 5:14-15).

1527 The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick has as its purpose the conferral of a special grace on the Christian experiencing the difficulties inherent in the condition of grave illness or old age.

1528 The proper time for receiving this holy anointing has certainly arrived when the believer begins to be in danger of death because of illness or old age.

1529 Each time a Christian falls seriously ill, he may receive the Anointing of the Sick, and also when, after he has received it, the illness worsens.

1530 Only priests (presbyters and bishops) can give the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, using oil blessed by the bishop, or if necessary by the celebrating presbyter himself.

1531 The celebration of the Anointing of the Sick consists essentially in the anointing of the forehead and hands of the sick person (in the Roman Rite) or of other parts of the body (in the Eastern rite), the anointing being accompanied by the liturgical prayer of the celebrant asking for the special grace of this sacrament.

1532 The special grace of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick has as its effects:
- the uniting of the sick person to the passion of Christ, for his own good and that of the whole Church;
- the strengthening, peace, and courage to endure in a Christian manner the sufferings of illness or old age;
- the forgiveness of sins, if the sick person was not able to obtain it through the sacrament of Penance;
- the restoration of health, if it is conducive to the salvation of his soul;
- the preparation for passing over to eternal life.


A faithful who lives Sacraments is Br Terry Fernando. Just contact him if ever you need Christ in your life. Click here


Further Links
http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/paul_vi/apost_constitutions/documents/hf_p-vi_apc_19721130_sacram-unctionem_en.html

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p2s2c2a5.htm

Br J Keane - CFC - Hero of Jesus Christ


Dear brothers and sisters - and all inspired by br Keane's life,

TO beloved BR Keane - Star of Discipleship - Star of Christian Brothers

"We Have Seen His Star"
"When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy." (Matthew 2:10)
This joy is what I always felt whenever I visited br Keane.

BR Keane: SOLDIER OF GOD:

I am moved deeply to share this with you all about Br Keane - a brother of Congregation of Christian Brother, now forever with Christ in heaven, to whom he entirely offered and sacrificed himself in love. Christ was everything for him and we know that he would suffer the loss of everything else rather lose Jesus Christ. In spite of his heroic efforts and his love of Christ Jesus, he looked on himself with the utmost humility.
How could we not admire a man such as this ? How could we not give thanks to Jesus for having given us a disciple of his category?
For me, and the fact is that for all of us, he is not only a figure of the past. His message of love and life are always relevant. They contain the core of Christian message. So let us not ask ourselves only: who was Br Keane? Let us ask ourselves above all: who is Br Keane? What does his life say to me?


FAITHFUL TO CHRIST TO THE END:

Knowing that he had been called by Christ Jesus precisely for his mission of Love amongst Indians, he felt impelled to carry out that mission. He did not expect any reward for preaching, teaching or his service. The reason I stress about his love for Jesus, is that I believe that the love for Christ urged him to carry out his faithful mission with fidelity to the end with, of self-sacrificing love for Christ, with total self-giving to the cause of working for the Kingdom of God as a Christian Brother. If we, today, had the same zeal like Br Keane, to live out Christ within us, how different the world would be!

Can we ever forget Br Keane's role in our lives ?

I believe, that Br Keane as his (and my Christian) faith teaches, that he is now born to a new life, an undying, everlasting, incorruptible life, forever with Father, with Son, with Holy Spirit - One Triune God. He is now gone home into the arms of his Heavenly Father. And I believe, that Christ Jesus, who sits at the right hand of God as a righteous judge, will be the first to welcome my dearest brother Keane.


"I am the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE" (Gospel of St John 14:6)

India Remembers

I remember he told me in one of our meeting, "Your country which is now my country, is a land of spirituality, of sages and saints." He said to me "The Church in India has a special mission to proclaim Jesus the Saviour to this land of spirituality" - and that is my mission.

Look for Br Terry Fernando - another soldier of God. If you need help, contact him anytime.

Let us pray

O Jesus, we offer the life of Br Keane to You
That all the leaders of the Church will be leaders like him, anointed in the Holy Spirit at all times.
O Jesus, help us to be people of prayer like br Keane.
Amen

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Sydney: Retreat by Rev. Dr. Fr. Augustine Vallooran



An Invitation to attend and experience Spiritual Renewal


"Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." (John 21:17)
Click here for All videos by Fr Augustine Vallooran


Prayer by Fr Augustine Vallooran

Let us pray

Lord Jesus we come to you with thanksgiving today for this marvelous gift of life. More precious for us O God is to know that in this life we are not alone. You are there with us to make life a celebration. Your life and death and resurrection has brought to us life, and life in all its fullness. Your love has transformed our life - making every moment a moment of blessing and grateful remembrance because by your presence with us you have turned all things for our good. We thank you for the Church, the community of love that you have placed us in. Here O Lord we have seen your mercy and power manifested. Here it is that you have called us to love and serve you and be channels of your loving presence.

Today as we come before you O God, we place everything in our life, our families and our work, our future and our past at your holy altar. May your purifying love remove from us every attitude and aspect of our living that does not glorify you. We live for you O Jesus for in you is life. May your glory be magnified by our life and our death. Amen.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Life After Death Experience of a Catholic Priest



Brief Background of Fr Jose 
I was born on July 16, 1949 in Kerala, India to my parents, Joseph and Theresa Maniyangat. I am the eldest of seven children: Jose, Mary, Theresa, Lissama, Zachariah, Valsa and Tom.
At the age of fourteen, I entered St. Mary’s minor seminary in Thiruvalla to begin my studies for the priesthood. Four years later I went to St. Joseph’s Pontifical Major Seminary in Alwaye, Kerala to continue my priestly formation. After completing the seven years of Philosophy and Theology I was ordained a priest on January 1, 1975 to serve as a missionary at the Diocese of Thiruvalla.
In 1978 while teaching at the St. Thomas minor seminary in Bathery, I became an active member of the Charismatic Renewal movement and began conducting charismatic retreats and conferences in Kerala.

Angel appears at the moment of Death
On Sunday April 14, 1985, the Feast of the Divine Mercy, I was going to celebrate Mass at a mission church in the north part of Kerala, and I had a fatal accident. I was riding a motorcycle when I was hit head-on by a jeep driven by a man who was intoxicated after a Hindu festival. I was rushed to a hospital about 35 miles away. On the way my soul came out from my body and I experienced death. Immediately I met my Guardian angel. I saw my body and the people who were carrying me to the hospital. I heard them crying and praying for me. At this time my angel told me: “I am going to take you to Heaven, the Lord wants to meet you and talk with you”. He also said that on the way he wanted to show me hell and purgatory.

Visit to Hell
First, the angel escorted me to hell. It was an awful sight! I saw Satan and the devils, an unquenchable fire of about 2,000 Fahrenheit degrees, worms crawling, people screaming and fighting, others being tortured by demons. The angel told me that all these sufferings were due to unrepented mortal sins. Then, I understood that there are seven degrees of suffering or levels according to the number and kinds of mortal sins committed in their earthly lives. The souls looked very ugly, cruel and horrific. It was a fearful experience. I saw people whom I knew but I am not allowed to reveal their identities. The sins that convicted them were mainly abortion, homosexuality, euthanasia, hatefulness, unforgiveness and sacrilege. The angel told me that if they had repented they would have avoided hell and gone instead to purgatory. I also understood that some people who repent from these sins might be purified on earth through their sufferings. This way they can avoid purgatory and go straight to heaven.
 
I was surprised when I saw in hell even Priests and Bishops, some of whom I never expected to see. Many of them were there because they had misled the people with false teaching and bad example.


Visit to Purgatory
After the visit to hell, my Guardian angel escorted me to Purgatory. Here too, there are seven degrees of suffering and unquenchable fire. But it is far less intense than hell and there was neither quarreling nor fighting. The main suffering of these souls is their separation from God. Some of those who are in Purgatory committed numerous mortal sins; but they were reconciled with God before their death. Even though these souls are suffering, they enjoy peace and the knowledge that one day they will see God face to face.


Communication with souls in Purgatory
I had a chance to communicate with the souls in Purgatory. They asked me to pray for them and to tell the people to pray for them as well, so they can go to heaven quickly. When we pray for these souls we will receive their gratitude through their prayers and once they enter heaven their prayers become even more meritorious.
It is difficult for me to describe how beautiful my Guardian angel is. He is radiant and bright. He is my constant companion and helps me in all my ministries, especially my healing ministry. I experience his presence everywhere I go and I am grateful for his protection in my daily life.


Visit to Heaven
Next, my angel escorted me to heaven passing through a big dazzling white tunnel. I never experienced this much peace and joy in my life. Then immediately the heaven opened up and I heard the most delightful music, which I never heard before. The angels were singing and praising God. I saw all the saints, especially the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph, and many dedicated holy Bishops and Priests who were shining like stars. And when I appeared before the Lord, Jesus told me: “I want you to go back to the world. In your second life you will be an instrument of peace and healing to my people. You will walk in a foreign land and you will speak in a foreign tongue. Everything is possible for you with my grace”. After these words, the Blessed Mother told me: “Do whatever He tells you. I will help you in your ministries”.

Words can not express the beauty of heaven. There we find so much peace and happiness, which exceed a million times our imagination. Our Lord is far more beautiful than any image can convey. His face is radiant and luminous and more beautiful than a thousand rising suns. The pictures we see in the world are only a shadow of His magnificence. The Blessed Mother was next to Jesus; she was so beautiful and radiant. None of the images we see in this world can compare with her real beauty. Heaven is our real home, we are all created to reach heaven and enjoy God forever. Then, I came back to the world with my angel.


Back to Earth
While my body was at the hospital, the doctor completed all examinations and I was pronounced dead. The cause of death was bleeding. My family was notified and since they were far away, the hospital staff decided to move my dead body to the morgue. Because the hospital did not have air conditioners they were concerned that the body would decompose quickly. As they were moving my dead body to the morgue, my soul came back to the body. I felt an excruciating pain because of so many wounds and broken bones. I began to scream and then the people became frightened and ran away screaming. One of them approached the doctor and said: “the dead body is screaming”. The doctor came to examine the body and found that I was alive. So he said: “Father is alive, it is a miracle, take him back to the hospital”.

Now, back at the hospital, they gave me blood transfusions and I was taken to surgery to repair the broken bones. They worked on my lower jaw, ribs, pelvic bone, wrists, and right leg. After two months, I was released from the hospital, but my orthopedic doctor said that I would never walk again. I then said to him: “ the Lord who gave me my life back and sent me back to the world will heal me”. Once at home we were all praying for a miracle. Still after a month and with the casts removed I was not able to move. But one day while praying I felt an extraordinary pain in my pelvic area. After a short while the pain disappeared completely and I heard a voice saying: “You are healed. Get up and walk”. I felt the peace and healing power on my body. I immediately got up and walked. I praised and thanked God for the miracle.


Conversion of the Doctor
I reached my doctor with the news of my healing and he was amazed. He said: “your God is the true God. I must follow your God”. The doctor was Hindu and he asked me to teach him about our Church. After studying the faith, I baptized him and he became Catholic.
Following the message from my Guardian angel, I came to the United States on November 10, 1986 as a missionary Priest. First, I worked in the Diocese of Boise, Idaho from 1987 to 1989 and then became the Director of Prison Ministry in the Diocese of Orlando, Florida from 1989 to 1992.


Mission assigned by Jesus
In 1992, I came to the Diocese of St. Augustine where I was first assigned to St. Matthew's Parish in Jacksonville for two years. I was then appointed Parochial Vicar of Assumption Church from 1994 to 1999. In 1997 I was incardinated as a permanent member of the Diocese. Since June 1999, I have been pastor of St. Mary's Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Macclenny, Florida. I also serve as the Catholic Chaplain for Florida State Prison in Starke, Union Correctional Institution in Raiford and Northeast Florida State Hospital in Macclenny. I am also the Diocesan Spiritual Director of the Legion of Mary.
On the first Saturday of each month I conduct a Eucharistic and charismatic-healing ministry in my Parish, St. Mary Mother of Mercy. People come from all over the diocese, many parts of Florida and even from out of the state. I have been invited to conduct the healing ministry in other major cities of the United States including: New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, San Jose, Dallas, Chicago, Birmingham, Denver, Boise, Idaho Falls, Hawaii, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Poolsville; and many other countries: Ireland, Spain, Czech Republic, India, France, Portugal, Yugoslavia, Italy, Canada, Mexico, Cayman Island, and Ontario.


Eucharistic-healing ministry
 
Through this Eucharistic-healing ministry I have seen many people healed physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally. People with various illnesses such as: cancer, AIDs, arthritis, heart conditions, eye problems, emphysema, asthma, back pains, bad hearing and many others have been healed completely. In addition, several times during the year I conduct a special healing service for the healing of the family tree, in which the effects from ancestral sins are blocked and the person receives complete healing. Scripture says that the effects from family sins can linger around for three to five generations (Exodus Chapter 34 verse 7). So, in many cases we need generational healing.

Doctors and medicines do not help to heal certain sicknesses caused by our family tree.
During the Healing ministry, many people rest in the spirit before the Blessed Sacrament and some experience renewal of the soul and healing of the body.




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Effective Friday, July 1st 2011 Rev. Father Jose Maniyangat will be transferred to St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church
 
St.Catherine's Catholic Church   
1649 Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park, Florida 32073 
Church Office (904) 264-0577
 

Father Jose email : frmaniyangathealingministry@hotmail.com
 

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