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posted Feb 14, 2019, 10:11 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Feb 14, 2019, 10:11 AM ]

27th World Day of the Sick: Be the Salt of the Earth

Indian Catholic Matters / Asianews

Invoking Saint Teresa of Kolkata, Pope Francis' special envoy to the 27th World Day of the Sick, held this year in Kolkata, Cardinal Patrick D'Rozario of Bangladesh said the purpose of faith was to assuage the sufferings of the sick, poor, the neglected through physical and spiritual nourishment.

Delivering the presidential address on the theme - 'Without cost you have received, without cost you are to give' - at Xavier's College auditorium on Saturday, February 9, Cardinal D'Rozario highlighted the challenges before the Christian community and urged them to show love for the poor and suffering through acts of mercy, which the Saint of Kolkata showed to the world through her loving care.

Quoting Pope Francis, the Cardinal said, "Mother Teresa, in all aspects of her life, was a generous dispenser of divine mercy, making herself available for everyone through her welcome and defence of human life, of those unborn and those abandoned and discarded…" In his message, Cardinal D'Rozario said the Holy Father recalled the words spoken by Jesus when sending forth His apostles to spread the Gospel, so that His Kingdom might grow through acts of gratuitous love. "You received without payment; give without payment" (Mt 10:8).


4 best tips for engaged couples before the wedding day

Remembering the second Sunday of February as World Marriage Day, there are countless courses preparing young couples for marriage. Yet, in the hustle of marriage planning and organisation, there are also essential elements to remember before saying 'I do.'

Fr Maurizio Botta, from the Congregation of the Oratory of St Philip Neri, helps couples realise that while photos and venue may be important, they can never compare to preparing for the adventure of a lifetime with their best friend.


He says many couples who arrive at the altar don't know what they are even doing there. They don't understand the sacrament, or what is required of them for the rest of their life. "So I want the bride and groom to be aware when they hear the various rituals in the liturgy (on the wedding day). I want them to already know what will be said and be supremely aware of it." He goes so far to say if a marriage preparation course is done "properly," couples will naturally drop out, because of the expectations of sacrificial love set on both people.

Find the right course

From online courses and weekend retreats to psychological compatibility quizzes, finding the right course is important. "I believe that every couple should put in a little bit of effort to find where they are thirsty, where they can find nourishment and can be challenged. It can be a book, an audio message or something on the internet, a catechesis. It can be a particular place, like a monastery. But, in my opinion, every couple should have a place of nourishment once a month." Fr Maurizio says the beginning of any vocation, whether it's religious life or marriage, is the most difficult. That's why in his pre-marriage courses, he also continues monthly meetings for the first year of marriage, so that the couples can be reminded of the same truths about love and sacrifice.