You cannot serve two masters, warns the pope

A ‘pick and mix’ attitude does not work in matters of faith.


Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI

Vatican City: 

Pope Francis said Christians cannot receive consolation from both the Holy Spirit and the spirit of the world if they want to be saved.

“You cannot serve two masters, you either serve the Lord or you serve the spirit of this world; we cannot pick and mix,” Pope Francis said at the chapel of Saint Martha’s House.

“A bit of the Holy Spirit, a bit of the spirit of this world, no!” he exclaimed June 10 during his homily. “It’s one thing or the other.”

The Pope said that salvation is to live “in the consolation of the Holy Spirit, not the consolation of the spirit of this world,” which he called a sin.

“Salvation is moving forward and opening our hearts so they can receive the Holy Spirit’s consolation, which is salvation,” the Pope said.

“This is non-negotiable, you can’t take a bit from here and a bit from there,” he insisted.

Pope Francis made his comments based on the day’s readings, 2 Corinthians 1 and Matthew 5.

He explained that Saint Paul uses the word “consolation” several times in first reading.

“He speaks to Christians who are young in the faith, people who have recently begun to follow the path of Jesus,” the pontiff recalled.

“They were normal people, but they had found Jesus.”

He noted this was such a life-changing experience that “a special strength from God was needed and this strength is consolation.”

“Consolation is the presence of God in our hearts, but we must open the door and his presence requires our conversion,” he explained.

Pope Francis then linked the first reading to the Gospel reading, which recalls when Jesus gives the beatitudes in his Sermon on the Mount.

He explained that the beatitudes are the “law of the free” and that they “would seem silly” if we did not open our hearts to the Holy Spirit.

“Just look, being poor, being meek, being merciful will hardly lead us to success,” he commented.

“If we do not have an open heart and if we have not experienced the consolation of the Holy Spirit, which is salvation, we cannot understand this,” he added.

Pope Francis said he believes people’s hearts are closed to salvation because they are afraid of it and people want to stay in control of themselves.

“In order to understand these new commandments, we need the freedom that is born of the Holy Spirit, who saves us, who comforts us and is the giver of life,” he preached.

It is hypocrisy, he said, to “not allow the Spirit to change our hearts with his salvation.”

“The freedom of the Spirit, which the Spirit gives us, is also a kind of slavery, of being enslaved to the Lord which makes us free, it is another freedom,” said the Pope.

“Instead, our freedom is only slavery, but not to the Lord, but to the spirit of the world,” he said of the mankind’s concept of freedom.

He then prayed that grace would open people’s hearts to the consolation of the Holy Spirit, “so that this consolation, which is salvation, allows us to understand these commandments.”

The president and undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko and Bishops Josef Clemens, as well as Indian Archbishop George Valiamattam of Tellicherry, concelebrated the Mass.

A group of priests and collaborators of the Pontifical Council for the Laity also attended the Eucharistic celebration.

Source: Catholic News Agency

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The Holy Spirit depicted as a dove, surrounded...

The Holy Spirit depicted as a dove, surrounded by angels, by Giaquinto, 1750s. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)





“Blessed are Those Who are Persecuted for Their Righteousness,for Theirs is Kingdom of Heaven” A Very Cryptic, Precise & Meaningful Theme in This Year of The Faith.



50,000 Compulsive Viewers = Petals & Pebbles

We are not overwhelmed, and whilst thirsting for more than satisfaction, we awake our community with the inspired knowledge that “ Your Life is a Gift ” Awake ! Do not be PART-TIME CHRISTIANS, helping others (Bishops & Clergy) to build their Dreams rather than Yours.!!

Our Holy Father Pope Francis guided by the Holy Spirit, has decisively smelt the KNOT (Power struggle which existed since early church) of His Flock and earnestly requested Our Prayers for His abusive Bishops & Clergy,(termed to be Good Shepards, not Wolves) who have deviated from their vows of Loyalty to the Lord, to earthly Pleasures of Property, Finance & Fornication. This struggle for power in the Church is a “SIN”

Whilst thanking you for your support and your vivid contributions to our blog we request your awareness to updating us on concerns of injustices and wronging in your respective parishes, which will be reflected in our blogs. Be true to yourself and work with the sincerity of your imagination

“ If you want the RAINBOW, you have to put up with the RAIN ”.





The credit of this achievement certainly goes to the entire team of SILENT VOICE, who is dedicatedly working behind the scene; and to you all, the readers, who have been following SILENT VOICE ardently.

On achievement of this milestone, let us look back and glance at our starting point…..19th, October, 2011; when it all began; reposting the same to revive the nostalgia. We assure you of  many such milestones, because, we intend to cleanse the creation of Lord Jesus Christ, our MOTHER CHURCH, of CORRUPT PRACTICES, and drive away the MONEY CHANGERS from temple of God.

Jesus entered the temple and expelled all who were buying and

selling in the courts. He overturned the tables of the money changers and

the seats of those who sold doves.






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                               VM:-016 /2011

                                    16th, October, 2011

Hello Friends,

“ROSE by any other name will always smell as sweet; provided it is natural and not an artificial one.”


The quote is in response to the changes you see here, and in title of the letters, sent to Archbishop, H. E. Cardinal Oswald Gracias. The reason for these changes has been clarified in the last issue of VOICEMAIL, 015/2011, dated 29/09/2011. No it is not a new title. Some time ago, we had embarked on a journey to a particular destination, with the name, VOICE OF A SILENT MAJORITY (Remember the Book)?  On its way, People went on embarking this train, with good intentions. Unfortunately, few came onboard with their personal baggage, stalling the journey for a while and causing inconvenience. Fortunately, their intentions were exposed at the right moment. However, the train has now begun its journey, with the same old name, cruising zealously, toward its destination. The destination called; Cleansing of our Church Administration of corrupt practices; helping  Archbishop, H. E. Cardinal Oswald Gracias, in his efforts to do so.

We have received favourable responses to this change. Those who still wish to join this journey, please do so.  Please remember, the vacuum, created because of your absence, will bring in unhealthy elements, and occupy the space; as it was evident.


Dear Friends, It is well-known; The Parish Priests do not like their authority to be questioned. It could have happened with many of you, or with some persons you know, within your parish. The persistent ones are silenced, using various methods; So that the Parish Priests can go ahead with their nefarious activities, using their SOLE TRUSTEE powers, particularly related to Properties and Finances.

The attached letter to Archbishop, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, contains some examples, adopted by Parish Priests, to silence the dissenting voices. We therefore, call upon you to discard your fear and speak out boldly, against mismanagement of Properties and Finances, by Parish Priests. Your Silence, out of fear, is taken by these parish priests as your consent, to whatever they do. Remember friends, by Voicing your opposition to unhealthy activities, You do not go against the Mother Church, as prorogated by some members of clergy, but in fact, help in cleansing the rot within the Church administration. Even the Cardinal has accepted that there is nothing wrong in it.

Dear friends, we are pleased to inform you that Defamation case, filed against the Archbishop, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, has been quashed by the honourable Court.





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8TH, October, 2011


H. E. Cardinal Oswald Gracias,

Archbishop of Mumbai,

Your Eminence,

While going through the depositions of the ongoing Archdiocese Inquiry Commission, in connection with St Anthony’s Church, Malwani; I came across a letter (Exhi. L, Pg.77 to 79) Signed by The parish Priest and Trustee, Fr. Ajit Bandekar, among others. I shall request Fr. Michael Goveas, the Convener of AEC, through the copy of this letter, to pass on the letter (Exhi. L) for your scrutiny.

The letter describes various issues related to AEC. Besides, it states; “NO PLOT HAS BEEN SOLD BY US TO ANY PARTY, irrespective of claims made by various unscrupulous elements.” I have given my response to it in my deposition to AEC, and sought a public apology, particularly from the Parish Priest, Fr. Ajit Bandekar. I take liberty, with your permission, to copy down the extracts from AEC depositions.


“However, this statement also mentions about various unscrupulous elements. I do not know how many people; apart from me have made this claim. I surely have. I therefore, take offense to branding me as unscrupulous. I am not concerned about others who have signed this letter, but Fr. Ajit Bandekar too has signed it. I therefore, call upon him to explain as to what is unscrupulous in the context of this inquiry; or tender a public apology. I shall be writing to H. E. Cardinal Oswald Gracias, separately on this matter.”

Your Eminence, I do not wish to dictate, as to what I expect you to do in this context. The purpose of this letter is to highlight the anomalies prevailing within Parish Administrations. Attempt is always made to snuff any voice, raised against Unhealthy practices of Parish Priests, by maligning the person. It is a common practice all over within Archdiocese, barring an exception or so. In this case, if it was not on paper, it would be difficult for me to defend myself, because one can’t respond to whispering tongues.

Ø The Parish Priest of OUR LADY OF EGYPT CHURCH, KALINA, made a Special announcement from sacred pulpit, denouncing the parishioners, calling them ‘DESTRUCTIVE ELEMENTS, spreading FALSE, CORRUPT AND WRONG INFORMATION about Parish Church and the Clergy; ‘Just because they were carrying out a signature campaign, against the installation of plaques, in the name of a politician, within precincts of the Church. This message was also put up on the notice board as SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT. Your Eminence, Is it wrong, on part of parishioners to voice their opposition to glorification of a Politician, by putting up multiple plaques in his name?

Ø Just recently, the parishioners, of OUR LADY OF REMEDY CHURCH, POINSUR; who opposed the sale of church land, are being targeted and humiliated, by cronies of the Parish Priest Fr. Peter D’mello. So believe the parishioners. Have these parishioners erred in anyway, in opposing the sale of Church land? We believe, not. Why then, they are being made to face humiliation? We request you to put a stop to this.

Ø One of my relative had received a letter signed by “ANIMATORS”, asking him to stop me, from writing letters to Bishops. The letter also contained some threatening matter. The relative did not want to pursue the matter further, out of fear perhaps. I feel hard to believe, the ANIMATORS could muster such courage. The matter was recently brought to my notice.

Your Eminence, This is the method adopted by some members of the Clergy, particularly the Parish Priests, who are having Vested Interest. They use the authority as SOLE TRUSTEE, for personal gains, and their PASTORAL POSITION to intimidate and instill fear in the minds of people, to silence the dissenting voice. Your Eminence, do you approve these threatening tactics by so called people of GOD, who are supposed to preach Christian Values of Honesty, Love and Peace to all? Do you expect that people should live in fear, and not Voice their opinion, against injustice and corruption? You decide.

Your Eminence, we have said it before, The SOLE TRUSTEE norm is malaise to Church Administration; and it must be abolished immediately. Your argument that property committee members are part of the Laity; Therefore, the SOLE TRUSTEE alone, is not responsible, has been contested by me personally during one of the meetings with you, and through various letters. It is well known as to how these members are handpicked by parish priests. Of course there could be some exceptions. The parishioners of St. Anthony’s Church, Malwani, and I have asked some questions related to credentials of property committee members; we have yet to get a response from parish priest.

Returning to AEC, your eminence, I am quite satisfied with the process so far; except, I was not provided the copies of depositions, to which I was supposed to respond, on the ground of secrecy. I had to spend around eight hours to copy the matter manually. It is disadvantageous to complainant to respond, without the matter, to which he is suppose to respond. I suggest, this be reviewed in order to avoid unfair advantage.

I am looking forward to the result of the AEC, and hope the action will be fair and transparent, in order to establish faith of lay persons, in these Commissions.

Yours always, in Our LORD JESUS CHRIST.


Copy to: Fr. Michael Goveas: To provide copy of the letter, (Exhibit L, Pg. 77 to 79); to H. E. the Cardinal.

Court relief for archbishop

Rosy Sequeira, TNN Oct 9, 2011, 03.36AM IST

MUMBAI: In a reprieve for the archbishop of Mumbai Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the Bombay high court has quashed and set aside criminal proceedings initiated by a magistrate on a defamation complaint filed by a lawyer.

On September 21, 2011, Justice K U Chandiwal heard an application filed by Gracias, Fr Anthony Charanghat, the editor of church weekly ‘The Examiner’, and Mumbai archdiocese spokesperson Fr Savio Fernandes to quash process issued on July 5, 2011 by metropolitan magistrate 18th Girgaum court.

A tabloid carried an article pertaining to some church land in Marinagar, Mahim, and quoted advocate Arcanjo Sodder. Finding it objectionable, Fr Fernandes sent a clarification to the tabloid, which did not publish it.

The clarification was carried in ‘The Examiner’. Sodder moved a magistrate’s court saying the first part of the clarification was defamatory. The magistrate directed issue of process saying that prima facie, a defamation case is made out. Church’s counsel Joaquim Reis argued that it was a clarification by way of truth and hence, cannot amount to defamation.

Justice Chandiwal said the clarification need not be read in isolation. The judge noted that after Sodder wrote to the weekly, it published a clarification expressing regret and he “should have been satisfied”.

Archbishop Oswald Gracias of the Bombay Dioces...

Archbishop Oswald Gracias of the Bombay Diocese, India. Image taken by me after the Christmas midnight mass. (Cropped) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Pope: Pray for priests and bishops, so we can be good shepherds and not wolves

ROME REPORTS   TV News Agency.

2013-05-15 16:59:17  Printable version Printable version

You tube May 15, 2013. ( The Pope usually asks people to pray for him. During Wednesday’s Mass, he asked others to pray for bishops and priests, so that they can be good  shepherds. The Pope also warned them about the harm that comes when one gets attached to riches or fame.


“Read this beautiful text and as you read it, pray for us, for bishops and priests. We need prayers to stay loyal to our calling. To be men who can watch over their flock and ourselves. To truly to do this…so that their hearts will always run towards their flock. Also pray that the Lord can keep us from temptations, because if we follow a path of wealth, if we follow a path of vanity, we become wolves and not shepherds.”

The Pope then made a reference to a reading from St. Paul, where he calls Christians to be vigilant and instruments of the Holy Spirit.


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