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"The family that prays together stays together." - Venerable Patrick Peyton

Father Jilson Tom, C.S.C.

Father Jilson Tom, C.S.C. is from the Northeast India Province of Holy Cross. A native of Kerala, Father Jilson has been serving in a parish and school ministry since his ordination twelve years ago. He joins the Family Rosary team as an Assistant, while he works to study Pastoral Counseling in the Boston area. With a personal devotion to Mother Mary, Father Jilson is thrilled to be working to enhance family prayer through the Rosary. And if you ever need a listening ear or want to play a board game, Father Jilson’s your guy!

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Women Followers of Jesus: Family Reflection Video

The Gospel of Luke is considered the Gospel of women. Luke presents most episodes emphasizing the relationship of Jesus with women. The novelty is not only in the presence of the women around Jesus but also in His attitude concerning them.

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Stay awake! - Family Reflection Video

As we celebrate today the memorial of St. Monica who was spiritually awake herself but struggled a long time for her son Augustine to awaken him spiritually, Jesus, in today’s Gospel invites us to “stay awake!” Perhaps this profound message is significant today, as we are stressed out by the pandemic. As I navigated through the passage, several thoughts came to my mind: some baffling and mystifying, and some provoking and electrifying. Baffling and mystifying because they nudged and awakened my spiritual vulnerabilities and interior dispositions. Provoking and electrifying because they called me to action to prevent the “thieves” from breaking into my house: my spiritual life.

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A Stirring Message: Family Reflection Video

Today, influenced by Christ’s love and mercy, we would not use such blunt language, especially in a worship place. Sadly, at that time, that was the only kind of language that could get the attention of the Israelites.

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Healing the family

A Message of Hope for Our Miseries: Family Reflection Video

Like the man in my story, thousands of people today are struggling with separation and isolation.

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Love is a Decision and a Commitment: Family Reflection Video

A gentleman, walking down the streets was watching street kids playing in a field. He was intrigued to see some of them carrying smaller kids on their backs while running after their soccer ball. So, knowing their poor economic background, the gentleman said to one of the guys, “It is too bad that you have to carry a burden even when you play.” “He’s no burden, Sir!” came the answer from one, “he’s my brother.”

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Holy lives of inspiration  |  Strengthening family unity

The Divine Tug of the String: Family Reflection Video

Once, a passer-by asked a blind boy who was flying a kite, “Hey, do you know where your kite is?” The boy replied, “I cannot see it, but I can feel the tug of the string!” The awareness of the presence of the Divine power in our lives is the same. We may not be able to see but can feel His presence and experience His power and strength!

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