Pastor’s Desk 09-13-2020

“Adopt an orphaned Muslim child and raise him as a Muslim in your Hindu family”: In the motion picture of the life of Gandhi there, is a scene in which a Hindu father whose child has been killed by a Muslim comes to Gandhi in great grief and remorse. Out of a sense of...

Pastor’s Desk 09-06-2020

In Mel Gibson's movie, The Passion of the Christ, one of the most haunting scenes shows Judas as he gives into despair. It is the morning of Good Friday, and Judas has spent the night being tortured with regret for his betrayal. His years of hidden sins have finally...

Pastor’s Desk 08-30-2020

Bruce Riggins was working sacrificially with underprivileged people in London. When the reporter asked one of these women what had inspired her Christian Faith and action, she shared her story of how seeing another Christian's Faith converted her. She was a Jew...

Pastor’s Desk 08-23-2020

Who do you think I am?” In 1896, after fifteen centuries, Athens renewed the Olympic Games. You can imagine how proud the Greeks were to host the first modern Olympics. The Greeks were by far the most successful nation in terms of total medals (forty -six), 26 more...

Pastor’s Desk 08-16-2020

“Never give up!”: Many years ago in Illinois, a young man with six months schooling to his credit ran for an office in the legislature. As might have been expected, he was beaten. Next, he entered business but failed in that too, and spent the next seventeen years...

Pastor’s Desk 08-09-2020

Corona pandemic is causing terrible havoc in the life of mankind all over the world. Just a year ago I happened to see a picture in a magazine of a boy and a girl walking to their school with their face completely covered with a ‘glass covering’ connected to an oxygen...

Pastor’s Desk 08-02-2020

The seniors among us certainly recall that amazing story 64 years ago, May 29, 1953. A New Zealand beekeeper named Edmund Hillary and a Sherpa guide, Tenzing Norgay, were the first ever to reach Everest's summit. Here was a mountain - unreachable, tantalizing,...

Pastor’s Desk 07-26-2020

Dr. Williamson was a geologist doing some archeological excavation work in Tanzania. One day he found himself driving in a deserted area, slipping and sliding along a rain-soaked road. Suddenly his four-wheel drive vehicle sank up to its axles in the mud and got...

Pastor’s Desk 07-19-2020

The year was 1770, and in a small Italian church, two altar boys prepared for Benediction. Annibale Della Genga and Francesco Castiglioni entered the sacristy, put on their albs, and grabbed the heavy brass candlesticks. And then they began to bicker. Arguing over who...

Pastor’s Desk 07-12-2020

The Moso (Phyllostachys pubescens) is a bamboo plant that grows mostly in China and the Far East. Moso bamboo is the largest of the cold-hardy bamboos, growing to a height of 75 feet with a diameter of eight inches. After the Moso is planted, no visible growth occurs...

Pastor’s Desk 07-05-2020

During the days of the Second Vatican Council, Pope St. John XXIII used to submit all his anxieties to God with this prayer every night: “Lord, Jesus, I’m going to bed. It's your Church. Take care of it!” The President Dwight David Eisenhower knew about that inner...

Pastor’s Desk 06-28-2020

There was a poor lad in a country village who, after a great struggle, became a priest. His benefactor in his days of study in the seminary was the village cobbler. In due time, the new priest became an associate pastor in his benefactor’s parish. On that day his...

Pastor’s Desk 06-20-2020

Among the many wonders at the world-famous San Diego Zoo is the giraffe compound. Enclosed in a natural habitat are several of these magnificent animals. They are every bit as tall and graceful as one might imagine. But they are far more massive and muscular than...

Pastor’s Desk 06-14-2020

Fr. Dhan Pham SVD has been working in St. Joachim parish as Parochial Vicar for the last two years. His tenure in our parish comes to an end on June 30th, 2020. He will be taking charge as the Pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in the diocese of Los Angeles from...

Pastor’s Desk 06-07-2020

There is an old story about a henpecked husband who went to a psychologist. He was tired of being dominated by his wife. The psychologist told him, “You do not have to accept your wife’s bullying. You need to go home right now and let her know that you’re your own...

Pastor’s Desk 05-31-2020

One of the popular plays of William Shakespeare is “The Merchant of Venice.” Antonio, a successful merchant of Venice got into trouble because of his generosity. His friend Bassano requested him to lend him some money. Antonio agreed, but, as all of his assets were...

Pastor’s Desk 05-24-2020

One of the national coordinators of Sun Day held early in May every year is Denis Hayes. He worked as researcher at a Washington D.C. ‘think-tank’ and has written a book on solar energy entitled Rays of Hope: The Transition to a PostPetroleum World. Hayes claims that...