My bucket list of books

These are the Books that I would like to read before I move into Eternal Life…

Catholicism Explained/Theology

  1. Catechism of the Catholic Church
  2. The Spirit of Catholicism by Karl Adams
  3. Spirit and Forms of Protestantism by Louis Bouyer
  4. Christianity for Modern Pagans by Peter Kreeft
  5. The Lord by Romano Guardini
  6. Essay on Development of Christian Doctrine by Cardinal Newman
  7. Parochial and Plain Sermons by Cardinal Newman
  8. End of the Modern World by Romano Guardini
  9. Rome Sweet Home by Scott & Kimberly Hahn
  10. Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma by Ludwig Ott
  11. The Four Cardinal Virtues by Josef Pieper

History and Culture

  1. The Great Heresies by Hilaire Belloc
  2. How The Reformation Happened by Hilaire Belloc
  3. Survivals and New Arrivals by Hilaire Belloc
  4. Christendom I: Founding of Christendom by Warren Carroll
  5. Christendom II: The Building of Christendom by Warren Carroll
  6. Christendom III: The Glory of Christendom by Warren Carroll
  7. Christendom IV: The Cleaving of Christendom by Warren Carroll
  8. Triumph : The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church by H. W. Crocker III
  9. Enthusiasm by Ronald Arbuthnott Knox
  10. Love of Learning and the Desire for God by Jean Leclercq
  11. Christianity and European Culture by Christopher Dawson
  12. Our Lady of Fatima by William T. Walsh

Holy Men and Women

  1. Something Beautiful for God by Malcolm Muggeridge
  2. Apologia Pro Vita Sua by John Henry Newman
  3. Journal of a Soul by Pope John XXIII
  4. The Long Loneliness by Dorothy Day
  5. St. Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox by G. K. Chesterton
  6. St. Francis of Assisi by G. K. Chesterton
  7. Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton
  8. Mary of Nazareth by Federico Suarez
  9. Cure of Ars by F. Trochu
  10. Thomas More: A Portrait of Courage by Gerard B. Wegemer
  11. Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II by George Weigel

Literary Classics

  1. Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson
  2. The Diary of a Country Priest by George Bernanos
  3. Hopkins: Poetry and Prose by George Manley Hopkins
  4. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  5. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
  6. Christianity and Culture by T. S. Eliot
  7. The Idea of a University by John Newman
  8. Silence by Shusaku Endo
  9. Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz
  10. Lost in the Cosmos : The Last Self-Help Book by Walker Percy
  11. Love in the Ruins by Walker Percy
  12. Kristin Lavransdatter I: The Bridal Wreath by Sigrid Undset
  13. Kristin Lavransdatter II : The Wife by Sigrid Undset
  14. Kristin Lavransdatter III: The Cross by Sigrid Undset
  15. Flannery O’Connor: Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor
  16. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
  17. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

Spiritual Classics

  1. Confessions of St. Augustine by St. Augustine
  2. Little Talks with God (modernized version of “The Dialogues”) by St. Catherine
  3. City of God by St. Augustine
  4. The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis
  5. Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross
  6. Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
  7. The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
  8. The Everlasting Man by G. K. Chesterton
  9. Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton
  10. The Greatest Story Ever Told by Fulton Oursler
  11. Meditations from a Simple Path by Mother Teresa
  12. Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Avila
  13. The Way of Perfection by St. Teresa of Avila
  14. Story of a Soul by St. Therese of Lisieux
  15. My Way of Life/Summa Theologica by St. Thomas Aquinas

Spiritual Reading

  1. The Great Means of Salvation and Perfection by Alphonso Liguori
  2. Uniformity with God’s Will by Alphonso Liguori
  3. Spiritual Theology by Jordan Aumann
  4. Frequent Confession by Benedict Baur
  5. In Silence with God by Benedict Baur
  6. Difficulties in Mental Prayer by Eugene Boylan
  7. The Tremendous Lover by Eugene Boylan
  8. Covenanted Happiness by Cormac Burke
  9. The Soul of the Apostolate by Jean-Baptiste Chautard
  10. Friends of God by Jose Maria Escriva
  11. Christ is Passing By by Jose Maria Escriva
  12. The Way, Furrow, The Forge by Jose Maria Escriva
  13. Way of the Cross by Jose Maria Escriva
  14. All for Jesus by Frederick W. Faber
  15. Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean-Pierre De Caussade
  16. Introduction to Devout Life by Francis deSales
  17. Treatise on the Love of God by Francis deSales
  18. Three Ages of Interior Life Volume I by Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange
  19. Three Ages of Interior Life Volume II by Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange
  20. Sinner’s Guide by Venerable Louis of Grenada
  21. The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A. Kempis
  22. True Devotion to the Holy Spirit by Luis M. Martinez
  23. True Devotions by Louis-Marie Grignion De Montfort
  24. The Hidden Power of Kindness by Lawrence G. Lovasik
  25. The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni
  26. The Sadness of Christ by Thomas More
  27. Conversation with Christ by Peter T. Rohrbach
  28. Spiritual Combat by Lorenzo Scupoli
  29. Theology and Sanity by Francis J. Sheed
  30. Theology for Beginners by Francis J. Sheed
  31. To Know Christ Jesus by Francis J. Sheed
  32. Life of Christ by Fulton J. Sheen
  33. Three to Get Married by Fulton J. Sheen
  34. The Spiritual Life by Adolphe Tanqueray
  35. Abba Father by Bonaventure Perquin
  36. Transformation in Christ by Dietrich von Hildebrand

Miscellaneous

  1. Crossing the Threshold of Hope by Pope John Paul II
  2. Companion Guide to Rome by Georgina Masson
  3. The King’s Good Servant but God’s First by James Monti
  4. 50 Questions on the Natural Law by Charles E. Rice
  5. The Intellectual Life by A. G. Sertillanges
  6. Essays on Woman by Edith Stein
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Christmas Time

Picture taken from http://gospelgifs.com

Writing up after a long time. But had to give vent to what i was thinking. So here it goes…

Today opened my system and thought it would be a good Idea if I get some wonderful picture on my desktop to inspire me during this Christmas time. Did what the majority of the people all over the world would do. Hoped on to the images section of Google and wrote ‘Christmas time’ and then ‘Christmas’. Now before you read on, I invite you to increase Google’s ratings on Alexa.com (not that they need it…) and search the site for these words
Please note the following:

  • What do majority of the images signify…
  • Which row do we have a picture which adequately signifes Christmas come on…

Since these are my thoughts, I will take the liberty to answer the second one. i am yet to find that row… 😦

… which led me to write this and invite you all to read…

The question that formed in mind as I was searching was…
Why is the meaning of Christmas so different that what it was originally meant to be.

  • A celebration of Incarnation,
  • A celebration of God’s humility,
  • A celebration of the Creator becoming the Created,
  • A celebration of ‘The Infinite’ being bound by the Finite so that he could show the Way to walk this journey called life the RIGHT WAY.

Why I said Celebration, coz this was the event that set into motion the final act of the Great plan of God – Our Salvation I would like you all to refer to the Gospel of St John Chapter 3 verse 16-17 as a source for my conculsion – those who know it by heart… cool. For the rest here it goes:

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.

At the beginning of my rambling I had said I am writing to give vent to my feelings… what feelings…
Crass commercialisation has made the world sit up and notice the brands that have made Christmas what it is today and this reflects in a very big manner in the search results…

  • you have Santa and you have Santa’s clothes.
  • you have Christmas Tree and you have its decorations.
  • you have parties and you have the fun that follows.
  • you have the World and the inns..

You see where I am getting to…

Have heard that History repeats itself. Today I realised that it has habit of repeating itself every year… around the 25th of December.

Today around Christmas time if we have Joseph and Mother Mary travel around seeking a place where Jesus can be born, then both of them would be talking about a sense of deja vu. And the reporters (those who would really care…actually some would also say there is a novelty factor to this report na) would be reporting “they found no place”

Let our hearts this year be that manger which welcomes the unknown Father and the immaculate Mother, both of them who said Yes to God’s will and become part of History this year – in giving birth to the Immanuel in our Hearts. Since the wisdom of hindsight gives us the opportunity to prepare our mangers (read hearts) to welcome the King, lets welcome His birth by making our hearts worthy of Him whom the Universe cannot contain…

And when we wish our friends “Merry Christmas” on Christmas eve/ day, may it be with the joy of having witnessed a MIRACLE unfold in our hearts.

Have a blessed time preparing…

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We should have more such people in the World.

Check out this Link.
 
 
Those who have been inspired check out his story on youtube.
 
 
Beautiful! We ned more inspirations like this. Ladies if your going through a difficult pregnancy or deciding on Abortion, pray like the parents of Tim.
Lets say a small prayer for all those going through a tough pregnancy. Ask our Mother to pray for all children of God who are undergoing this trial
 
Hail Mary full of Grace, The Lord is with you, Blessed are you amongst women and blessed is teh fruit of thy Womb JESUS.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us sinners (especially all those who are in a difficult pregnancy or deciding on Abortion) now and at the hour of our death. Amen

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An inspiration from a friend that set me thinking

"I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong. Leo Rosten"
 
This was the FB status of a friend. Read it and was reminded of the Beautitudes
 
Jesus is his Inaugural Address to the Public mentions few qualities that those who claim to be Children of God ought to possess. One of them being Gentleness/ Meekness. For the uninitiated, "Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the Land" Mt 5:5 (New American Bible NAB version)
 
To be meek u need to be strong and have a realisation of your strength. Its only then that one can actually be meek coz u know who u are and what one can do.
 
Just like charity can be expected from the rich, knowledge can be expected from the learned we can expect something only from those who have it in abundance. What do I need to share gentleness, KNOWLEDGE.
  • Knowledge that I am loved and that I belong to God the creator, saviour and sanctifier.
  • Knowledge That I am a child of the Father in Heaven who created the Universe and thus owns it. Me being His child makes me the owner of everything that I see as as every other person on this earth.
  • Knowledge of the Brotherhood in the Father's only Son, Lord Jesus Christ – the one who saves us from our sins. It was coz of his salvific act on the Cross that I can call myself my Father's son/ Daughter
  • Knowledge of the Son's Gift to us, the Paraclete – the one who sanctifies us and is the giver of all knowledge. The One who enables us to Call Jesus as our Saviour and God
Now why do I say this knowledge is important?
 
Coz when we realise this, we know that there is nothing, absolutely nothing that can be taken away from us or for that matter there is nothing, absolutely nothig that we actually need that we do not possess. We just need to ask our Father in Heaven who knows our actual need and would provide everything that we need and at the opportune time.
 
When this realisation strikes home, then it becomes much more easier for me to be gentle coz I am really stronger than the other to whom I am called to be gentle. Stronger coz I belong to the Father and as co-heirs to His kingdom, I am strong myself. And when I am strong, I can choose to be gentle and meek. Simple na.
 
The Song that I used to sing many times now makes much more sense. The songs titled "Give Thanks"
 
"And now let teh weak say i am strong,
Let the poor say i am rich,
because of what the Lord has done for me."
"Give thanks with a grateful Heart…" 
 
PS. Thank God I just write hear and u do not have to actually hear me sing.
 
Beautiful and marvelous are the ways of the Lord to show light. I thank Jenny who was the spark through her Facebook status message.
 
 

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St Alphonsa Museum entrance.

I loved Quote in the centre about becoming a saint. It really captured me.
In today's world the entire essence of ours is success at all cost and getting to our aim. Unfortunately like the other disciples of Dronacharya, we are not able to see clearly what our end aim is.
The Saint, like Arjuna saw her aim quite clearly and Boy did she get to it.

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PAA – A beautiful Movie

Loved the movie PAA written and directed by Balki produced by AB Corp Ltd starring the Father as the Son and the Son as the father. Interesting na.
But I really loved was the Pro Life Message that runs through the entire movie as a the essential link. The characters have modern values but love life in all its forms. That I believe is the beauty of this wonderfully written, directed and acted Motion Picture.
Vidya Balan as the Gynae who advises Women postponing their child birth on its harmful effects and scenes of her standing up to have a baby out of wedlock is something that has not been seen in Hindi Movies in the recent past.
Its after a long time that I have seen a movie and enjoyed every bit of it. Congrats Balki and the AB corp Lt team form coming out with such brilliance in story as well as Characters. That would make it a very effective Movie that would shed the right ideals as far as Pro Life values are concerned.
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Do you appreciate your priests?

 

Priest a Likeness of Jesus

Priest a Likeness of Jesus

Read a mail from a priest friend of mine who sends me some beautiful messages. This one was oddly titled. So I looked up with great curiosity. It contained a questionaire developed by Bishop José Ignacio Munilla, the Bishop of  Palencia, Spain. Tried out and was surprised that atleast one or 2 questions did set me thinking.

 

 

How about you guys trying it out. Pls feel free to share this with your friends coz I feel it is very important for each catholic to really understand the vocation of a priest and pray for them especally in the ‘Year of Priests’

I would also love if after reading it you would share with me your views or some of your thoughts with me on my blog. God Bless you

The questionaire for your reading and thinking pleasure. 

  1. HAVE YOU PRAYED RECENTLY FOR YOUR PARISH PRIEST, YOUR BISHOP OR THE POPE?
    1. I don’t even know their names.
    2. At Mass there is usually prayer for them, and I add myself in that petition.
    3. I do so every day in my personal prayer.
  2. HAVE YOU DISCLOSED YOUR CONSCIENCE TO A PRIEST, TRUSTING THAT HE CAN HELP YOU IN YOUR PROBLEMS?
    1. Each one has to solve his problems.
    2. “Four eyes see more than two.” It is always good to listen to and accept the advice of someone who can help us.
    3. The greatest help I have received from a priest has been when his advice was joined to God’s forgiveness in the sacrament of confession.
  3. WHEN I HEAR AMONG MY FRIENDS COMMENTS CRITICIZING PRIESTS …
    1. I followed their lead, so as not to stand out.
    2. I tuned out, and pretended to think of something else.
    3. I said what I thought, giving witness to my faith.
  4. I SEE IN A PRIEST …
    1. A “relic” of the past.
    2. A “professional” of religion.
    3. A minister of God; “another Christ” among us.
  5. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU INVITED THE PARISH PRIEST TO YOUR HOME?
    1. The priest is only called when someone has died.
    2. When grandmother is with us, he usually brings Communion.
    3. Several times. I was delighted when he told us the story of his vocation at the dinner table.
  6. WHEN YOU HEAR A PRIEST GIVE A HOMILY …
    1. I listen, if he has good oratorical skills.
    2. I listen, I am interested in the topic he is addressing.
    3. I see him as an instrument through which God is speaking to me.
  7. WHEN A COLLECTION IS TAKEN UP FOR SEMINARIES …
    1. I think, “Priests” are always begging.
    2. I say to myself, there are collections for so many things! One more!
    3. I collaborate gladly, because I believe no vocation should be frustrated because of lack of financial means.
  8. WHEN I SEE AN ELDERLY PRIEST IN THE CHURCH OR ON THE STREET …
    1. I think the Church is on the decline.
    2. I hope he says the Mass quickly.
    3. I thank God for his fidelity and for all the good he might have done.
  9. WHEN I SEE A YOUNG PRIEST AT THE ALTAR …
    1. I mistrust his lack of experience. What is he going to say to me?
    2. I observe what he does and “classify” him.
    3. I thank God for his vocation and pray intensely for him.
  10. HOW WOULD YOU REACT IF YOUR SON SAID HE WANTS TO BE A PRIEST?
    1. I would ask him if he’s gone mad, and I would remind him that we must take into consideration what others might think.
    2. I would ask him to give it considerable thought and to have a university degree first.
    3. It would give me one of the greatest joys of my life, and I would support him fully.
  11. HAVE YOU ASKED A CHILD, ADOLESCENT OR YOUNG MAN ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF BEING A PRIEST SOME DAY?
    1. I don’t get into jams. Let everyone live his life.
    2. I am of the opinion that all vocations must be appreciated, even if they are different from our own.
    3. Yes, I have thought of someone specifically, and I pray for him … One of these days, “I will let him know.”
  12. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE EXPRESSION OF THE SAINTLY CURÉ D’ARS: “THE PRIEST IS THE LOVE OF JESUS’ HEART”?
    1. I think it is a disembodied spiritualism.
    2. I think that can only be said of a saintly priest.
    3. I believe it is exactly so, though “they have this treasure in earthen vessels” (2 Corinthians 4:7).

Now for the evaluation

If the number “1” appears in the majority of your answers, I am surprised that this test reached your hands. But, I thank God that this happened so that I can tell you as the priest that I am, that God loves you the point of folly and that he expects from you an answer of love.

 If you have responded to the majority of questions with the number “2,” I would like to tell you that you are not enjoying the treasures that God is offering you through the priesthood.

 But if the number “3” is yours, then I ask you not to cease to pray to God for the sanctification of priests and for the increase of priestly vocations, because I am very sure that God is going to listen to you.

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