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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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Return to the Church  |  Strengthening family unity

Do God’s Will… Be in Jesus' Family! - Family Reflection Video

A lay preacher received a call from another church offering him a higher salary. He spent much time in prayer, trying to discern what God wanted him to do. One day a friend met the preacher’s son on the street and enquired about his dad’s position, and if he had made a decision. The boy replied, “Well, Dad is praying, but Mom is packing!”

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Holy lives of inspiration  |  Why pray?

The Prince of Peace Disturbs Peace! - Family Reflection Video

Robert Lee Fulghum, the American author, wrote: "A person who has profoundly disturbed my peace of mind for a long time is Mother Teresa. She doesn’t even know me, but she continually goes around minding my business…"

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Love thy Neighbor

Getting Power Over the Urge to Retaliate - Family Reflection Video

Two monks lived in a cave for over ten years. One day, one of them proposed, "Let’s do what the world does." "What does the world do?", asked the second. "Well, they quarrel," said the first. "So, how do we begin a quarrel?" asked the second monk.

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"Let the most perfect union reign among You." - Family Reflection Video

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is significant for family unity. Like the other Catholic families in our area, our family believed that enthroning the image of the Sacred Heart in our home would bring unity, grace, and love to the family by encouraging them to imitate Christ. So, part of the housewarming ritual is to enthrone the Sacred Heart image. There is an interesting history behind this ritual...

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One Body, One Spirit

Being a missionary in a multicultural context, sometimes, I received questions that helped me deepen my faith and strengthen my conviction to live for Christ. One day a non-Christian colleague asked, “When we distribute prasad (a sweet dish offered to gods or goddesses), we distribute to everyone present; why do you Catholics limit hospitality to your own? After all, Jesus had table fellowship with all!” Admittedly, I had to research and reflect a little more to give him a convincing yet realistic answer.

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Holy lives of inspiration  |  Why pray?

Is Heaven a Glorified Earth? - Family Reflection Video

In the film, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter; there is a startling sequence. A deaf man named Mr. Singer asks a young girl: "How does music sound?" The smiling teenager stands in front of him so that he can read her lips. She also gestures with her hands and her body. But nothing works. The young girl tries everything she can to convey what music is to the deaf man, but all to no avail.

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