Posts by Father Jacob

St. Vincent Pallotti

In every age God has been generous in giving special gifts of the Holy Spirit to certain men and women, according to the needs of the time and the place. In the 19th century, St. Vincent Pallotti one among those called by God for a unique apostolate. That was the time when the Church was…

They have no wine

In the context of this Sunday’s Gospel reading we are called to reflect on the theme ‘they have no wine’ for the wedding feast at Cana. We see Jesus, his mother and his disciples at a wedding. And it is not the religious ceremony but a wedding party. Jewish weddings of those days could last…

Baptism a Hidden Treasure

Ann Thomas tells this story of herself. She was at a garage sale with her friend Betty. Ann had just sorted through a tray of trinkets. Betty came up and asked, “Any luck?” “No!” said Ann. “It’s just a pile of junk. She stepped aside to let Betty see for herself. Betty took one look…

‘Rejoice, the Lord is coming’

Our joy in the knowledge that God draws near we can experience the nearness of God today through the nearness of others, through the beauty of the created world, through prayer and reflection, through the comfort of silence, and through celebration and rejoicing. In fact anything – any person, place, thing, event, sight, sound, taste,…

Lost and Found

Advent is a time to find the lost through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Have you ever lost some-thing that was really important to you? How did you feel when you lost it? Did you eventually find what you lost? How did you feel when you found it? Have you ever been lost or separated from…

Veni, Veni Emmanuel

“Veni, Veni Emmanuel” Advent is a season that seems to get lost in our culture. Because we so often think of the month of December as “the Christmas season” and use this time to busily prepare our homes for the celebration of Christmas, exchange gifts and send greeting cards and many more such activities. In…

Take the Smartphones off the Dinner Table

“Take the Smartphones off the Dinner Table” Pope Francis said to the Parents, “It can save your family life and your children’s ability to relate” Pope Francis has advised parents not to allow smartphones at the dinner table, to help restore a sense of family togetherness and to teach their children about the importance of…