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A Message from Fr. Jay

Dear Friends,

A week ago, Fr. Simon and I attended the Priests’ Convocation in Boca Grande, arranged by Bishop Dewane. At least 120 priests working in parishes throughout our diocese participated. It was a wonderful time and experience of prayer, reflection, and fellowship. Fr. Jim Rafferty from the Institute of Priestly Formation was the main speaker on Priestly Identity and Spiritual health. One of the many reflections that inspired me was that Spiritual health is a matter of living in truth and (in) communion.

Healthy spirituality strengthens the relationship with God. While trying to strengthen our relationship with God, we hear three voices- the voice of God, voice of oneself, and voice of Satan. Therefore, learning to reject Satan’s voice is a must (mandate) for growing in spirituality. During the season of Advent, we increase our spiritual health by paying due attention to what we should nurture and what we should reject. The readings on this Second week of Advent encourage us to prepare the way of the Lord. The second reading tells us how we can prepare ourselves at a personal level. The gospel helps us to understand how our sacramental baptism must lead us toward baptism of repentance.

Let us continue our journey to prepare ourselves for His coming!

God Bless You,

Fr. Jay Raju

  • Reading I : Isaiah 40: 1-5, 9-11
  • Reading II: 2 Peter 3:8-14
  • Gospel: Mark 1:1-8