India is really amazing country. Different areas are very different than other areas. The southern part is where most of the Christians live and it’s been wonderful in Bangalore which is a modern city where a lot of the high-tech industry centers. We are now on a Jet Airways flight heading back to Kerala for a week of speaking to thousands of priests, nuns and seminarians. Very much looking forward to this.
We will also take time to explore the history of Christianity in this area where St. Thomas the Apostle brought the Catholic Faith to India in the 1st century. He is the Apostle and Patron Saint of India.
We will be visiting his tomb and sharing that with you early next week.
Today we had the morning off in Bangalore to catch up. This is the new Silicon Valley so I expected to have good internet here – and boy, was I glad since I had so much to catch up on. If someone in the USA gets “Bangalored” it means they lost their tech job to someone over here.
We drove an hour to St. Joseph’s School where they erected a huge tent for the evening to accommodate about 4,500 people. It filled up at 4:30 for Praise & Worship. Then Archbishop Bernard Maros arrived for Mass. Beautifully done with traditional Indian music.
It is a great joy which often brings tears to my eyes to see the beauty of the Catholic Church around the whole world. These devout Indian Christians come to praise Jesus, celebrate the Mass and hear a talk to inspire them to be better Christians. I love being Catholic!
After Mass the Archbishop sat in the front row and they invited me up to speak. I started out with, “How many of YOU would like to be up here speaking with the Archbishop sitting right there in front of you?” He was so gracious and attentive.
My talk was aimed at the vast exodus of Catholics out of the church for the hundreds of Protestant groups popping up all over the city.
Some are small storefront operations while others are huge Assemblies of God churches with tens of thousands of members. Their pastor owns four homes and lives an opulent lifestyle.
I explained that people were drawn out of the Church to these sects because of the attitude of “We love, love, love you!” but they also love your money.
The talk was my “Conversion Story and Why Be Catholic!” I made a short video to share a small part of the enthusiastic and inspired Catholic in India. Enjoy!
It took us two whole days to get here from Detroit to Amsterdam, Amsterdam to Dubai, Dubai to Cochin India. We arrived at the Divine Retreat Center at 10 AM Tuesday.
The Retreat Center in like a small village full of halls, chapels, dorms, paths through palm trees and outdoor shrines. This is a large family retreat so the place is packed with Catholics coming to pray, sing, learn and fellowship.
Last night I spoke to over 4,000 young people in their late teens and early twenties. What a joyful and responsive group. I talked about Mary the Real Girl and the Woman of Mystery. It was fun for me and they seemed very entertained and eager to learn. You’d have to be here to understand the electricity in the air.
Three talks yesterday along with two TV interviews. Another two talks today and a TV interview. Tomorrow we fly to Bangalore to give talks and meet the bishop there before coming back Sunday for four days of talking to 4,000 priests, seminarians, nuns and religious. I am excited and full of joy to serve the Lord in this unique manner.
It is a different world over here on the other side of the earth. We have mosquito netting over our bed, people eat with their hands, everything is flavored with curry and the people are delightful and friendly. It is invigorating to get immersed in a different culture and learn their ways and enjoy their food and way of life.
This is our 4th Missionary Journey to India and we learn new things every time. What a joy to share the Catholic Faith with such devout and holy people. More soon.
To listen live cut and paste this into your browser http://www.catholic.com/audio-player/39606. (I am now in India with poor wi-fi and it will not let me put a hyperlink for you. For other listening options like Podcasts, click HERE. 1. (Pentecostal) Other churches have the spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible and speak in tongues. Why doesn’t the […]
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