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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. Served  parish priest of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church located in St. Paul, Minnesota (visit web site:- Presently I'm the Parish Priest of  church of St. Pascal Baylon  with 1200 families and also a good school with 300 children from K.G.  to 8th grade. Web site is

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

Importance of 40 days in the Bible


40 days Noah was in the ark


40 days Moses spent on Mount Sinai


40 years Israelites wandered in the desert.


40 days Prophet Elija walked to reach Mount Horeb.


40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness.


40 days we are in the Lenten season.

40 is the Biblical number. It has a very great significance.  After forty days of great flood, the whole creation was cleansed from human wickedness and there was a new world order.  Moses spent forty days on Mount Sinai to receive the commandments from Yahweh the God and the Covenant was established between Yahweh and the people Israel  saying “I am your God and you are my people” . After forty years of wilderness and search, people of Israel reached to the Promised Land and experienced that ultimate Freedom from the bondage of slavery. After forty days of walk Prophet Elija reaches Mount Horeba where he encounters God.  After being there in the wilderness for forty days and forty nights praying and fasting Jesus the Son of God begins His public ministry of preaching, healing, and performing miracles and established the Kingdom of God of Peace and Justice, love and service.  After forty days of Lent, we have a call to change our lives and turn away from Sin to create a new world order. We have a call to encounter God to experience God’s love and mercy.

It is a beautiful season to introspect ourselves. We were created in the image and likeness of God. When we look at ourselves now, we have distorted that image in us through our sinfulness and selfishness. Here is a time for us to repent and turn to God. We do this with a genuine heart and not out of fear that God may punish us.  We believe in a loving God, who is full of compassion and love and ready to forgive us at any time. During this Holy Season of Lent Let we experience that love of our Lord Jesus Christ who suffered and died for us so that we may have a share in His Divine life forever here on earth and in Eternal life.

Fr. Rohan D’Almeida S. J.

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