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Dear brothers and sisters, and the viewers of this web site Barkur.com, 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:- www.stthomasap.org).

I Hope and pray this column "Spiritual Corner" will inspire many viewers of our Barkur.com 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 Barkur.com web site.

Fr. Joseph Anthony Andrade


LENTEN JOURNEY LEADS US TO THE JOY OF EASTER.

Lent lasts 40 days,  a  mini version of the 40 years the ancient Israelites spent in the desert. In the New Testament Jesus, the Messiah, spent 40 days in the desert fasting  and praying  in order to prepare for his public ministry. We   began our Lenten journey by anointing our forehead with ashes on Ash Wednesday. Thus began our season of Lent and in the forty days of our Lenten journey we reflect on the mystery of Christís suffering, death and resurrection. During these forty days before Easter we think of penance, conversion, and reconciliation as the themes of Lent. The Lenten season should help us to better understand ourselves and others, as it is a time for giving our life a new meaning and new orientation. Those of us who prepare ourselves thoroughly during this holy season of Lent will enter into the joy of Easter.

The Easter season: is one of the beautiful seasons of our liturgical year. Every year Christians around the world  celebrate  this important feast of the church and we remember and relive the key element of our Christian faith, the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

As Christians, we believe that Jesusí triumph over death is the promise of resurrection for all of us. We  too will experience new life. Our lives will forever be affected by the mysteries we celebrate on Easter. Our journey from the cross to new life has been blessed and enhanced by each other. We journey together as a people. But the journey has not ended. The Easter Season continues for six weeks.

As we, the Christian  communities come together let us approach this Holy Season of Lent in one spirit. Let us allow the Lord to transform us and help us to renew our life and be open to the Holy Spirit. Only then will we be ready to enter deeply into the experience of the Triduum and celebrate fully the great feast of Easter with joy in our heart.

Fr. Tony Andrade.

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