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Dear brothers and sisters, and the viewers of this web site, I am Fr. Joseph Anthony Andrade better  known as Fr. Tony Andrade. I was born and brought up in Barkur. My primary education was in Barkur. In 1980 I joined the seminary to become priest and was ordained to the Holy Order of priesthood on the 19th of December, 1992. I served a short period of time in Bangalore (India) and then went to the USA to serve in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in the state of Minnesota. Presently I am the parish priest of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church located in St. Paul, Minnesota (visit our web site:-

I Hope and pray this column "Spiritual Corner" will inspire many viewers of our web site. As all of us know the need of spirituality in our daily life. We walk our faith journey trusting in God our creator and we are certain one day we will meet our creator God in Heaven. Meanwhile here on earth we need good insights to enlighten our minds and hearts in our spiritual life. in this column I will write articles which will be short and precise that may help our interested viewers to reflect on their own spirituality. I welcome others also to share their articles and reflections. This column is open to all the faith denominations. What is important is that we inspire each other on our own spiritual journey.

My sincere thanks to Kishoo de Barkur, the designer of this beautiful web site, and for giving me this opportunity to share my thoughts and reflection on our web site.

Fr. Joseph Anthony Andrade


On the 15th of August we will celebrate our Independence Day. This year is the 57th anniversary of India’s independence. Also, Catholics around the world celebrate the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a coincidence that our nation’s independence day falls on the same day of an important feast of our heavenly mother, Mary.

Every year as we celebrate this Independence Day we recall and remember all those brave people who sacrificed their precious lives for the cause of freedom. Because of their efforts and determination, today we enjoy freedom in our country. We remember some of the prominent figures who led our people to fight for freedom through non-violence. One of the prominent figures being Mahatma Gandhi. It is not enough that we only think of the leaders, rather we should also remember those thousands and thousands of brave Indian citizens who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the cause of freedom.

On August 15, 1947 India became completely independent. On this historic date Jawaharial Nehru, the first Prime Minister, unfurled the Indian tricolor flag on the ramparts of the magnificent Red Fort symbolically marking the end of British colonial rule. Some parts of India, however, still remained under the colonial power of Portugal such as: Goa, Daman, Diu, and Nagar-Haveli. These colonies were liberated on December 19, 1962. Pondicherry, under the colonial power of France, was also liberated in 1962. Since 1962 our country has been totally free from foreign rule. Goa became a state in 1987. The rest of the colonies still remain Union Territories. I have had the opportunity to visit all of these places in India.

The rectangular flag of India is made up of three horizontal color: saffron, white, and green. Saffron, represents courage and sacrifice, white is for purity, and green is for fertility. There is a wheel with 24 spokes in the middle of the white section, representing the Dharma Chakra.

If we make this a day of remembrance and prayer, we can return to the path of Mahatma Gandhi, a path toward Swadeshi and Ram Rajya. As we continue to enjoy religious freedom and as we celebrate our own faith let us, on this day, remember to pray for our nation and continue to support our nation.

In conclusion let me write the beautiful hymn sung by the father of our nation, Mahatma Gandhi, which inspires me everyday. I hope it will inspire the viewers of web site Here it is.....



Long live my beautiful Mother India and “JAI HIND.”


Every year on the 15th of August the Catholic Church celebrates Mary’s welcome into heaven. Though Mary’s assumption is not mentioned in scripture, Christians since the time of the apostles have believed in this truth.

The church presents this teaching as follows: “The Most Blessed Virgin Mary, when the course of her earthly life was completed, was taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven, where she already shared in the glory of her son’s resurrection, anticipating the resurrection of all members of his Body.”

We make a distinction between Jesus’ entry into glory and Mary’s entry into heaven. We call Jesus leaving this world his ascension into heaven, since he was raised by his own power. Mary was taken into heaven, not by her own power but by the power of God. This is why we call Mary’s leaving this world assumption rather than ascension into heaven. Pope Pius XII declared the bodily assumption of Mary into heaven as a dogma in 1950.

 Fr. Tony Andrade.


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