Fr Thomas’ Reflection for the 1st Sunday of Advent

Who among you doesn’t want to be remembered? In your memory who are the people you cherish? Aren’t they the people who went out of their way to show compassion to you when you were feeling miserable? You remember the people who helped you in need.

Fr Thomas’ Reflection for All Saint’s Day

How many Australian saints are there? You may be thinking of Saint Mary of the Cross Mackillop as the only one. She is not the only one; there are many more Aussie saints. Till her canonisation in 2010 Mary Mackillop also was not known as a saint. Does that mean she became a saint only ten years ago? No. She lived an exemplary Christian life. Therefore, she was a saint always, even before her death. The Church, by canonising Mary Mackillop, has added her name to the official list of saintly people for others to learn how to make their life flourish through of faith.

Fr Thomas’ Reflection for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God.” These words of Pope Francis and more were covered in the media all over the world last Thursday, 22 October. The Holy Father went on to say, “You can’t kick someone out of a family, nor make their life miserable for this. What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered.”

Fr Thomas’ Reflection for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Is it proper for the government to share tax revenue with the education and charity initiatives of the Church? This has always been a matter of contention. Whenever the government speaks about school funding, arguments about the share to the Catholic Schools becomes a hot issue of discussion in the media and otherwise. It is nothing new.

Fr Thomas’ Reflection for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The scandal caused by now disgraced Cardinal Giovanni Becciu has been another challenge for the Holy Father Pope Francis. What should the Holy Father do with such baddies in the Church? Such scenarios were present all through history, starting with the early Church. Evangelist Matthew reflected on a similar situation in his community in Matthew 22:1-14.

Fr Thomas’ Reflection for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Have you heard of a public sinner and scandalous man becoming the moral stalwart of the Church? Augustine of Hippo had his back to the Church. It was public knowledge that he fathered a son with a concubine. That was his early life. Then, he who said ‘no’ to Christ and his Church had a profound conversion. That led him to become the bishop of Hippo and a great teacher of Christian truth. His case was an example of the words of Jesus, ‘I tell you solemnly, tax collectors and prostitutes are making their way into the kingdom of God before you’ (Matthew 21:31) .

Fr Thomas’ Reflection for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bakhita, her name means ‘the fortunate’. That is not the name her parents gave her. She was snatched as child from her parents by Arab slave traders. The trauma she suffered as a slave made her forget her own name. Bakhita, the name the slave masters gave her, even as they tortured her terribly, was proved true and fitting for her life by God. You wouldn’t call Bakhita lucky who was sold and bought five times before completing her teenage years, in the latter half of nineteenth century.