Catholics in Bangalore India, Great Time Shared Together

by Steve Ray on July 24, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 9.25.17 AMToday we had the morning off in Bangalore to catch up. This is the new Silicon Valley so I expected to have good internet here – and boy, was I glad since I had so much to catch up on. If someone in the USA gets “Bangalored” it means they lost their tech job to someone over here.

IMG_3686 (1)We drove an hour to St. Joseph’s School where they erected a huge tent for the evening to accommodate about 4,500 people. It filled up at 4:30 for Praise & Worship. Then Archbishop Bernard Maros arrived for Mass. Beautifully done with traditional Indian music.

It is a great joy which often brings tears to my eyes to see the beauty of the Catholic Church around the whole world. These devout Indian Christians come to praise Jesus, celebrate the Mass and hear a talk to inspire them to be better Christians. I love being Catholic!

After Mass the Archbishop sat in the front row and they invited me up to speak. I started out with, “How many of YOU would like to be up here speaking with the Archbishop sitting right there in front of you?” He was so gracious and attentive.

IMG_3671My talk was aimed at the vast exodus of Catholics out of the church for the hundreds of Protestant groups popping up all over the city.

Some are small storefront operations while others are huge Assemblies of God churches with tens of thousands of members. Their pastor owns four homes and lives an opulent lifestyle.

IMG_3705 (1)I explained that people were drawn out of the Church to these sects because of the attitude of “We love, love, love you!” but they also love your money.

The talk was my “Conversion Story and Why Be Catholic!” I made a short video to share a small part of the enthusiastic and inspired Catholic in India. Enjoy!

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Adrian Stevens July 25, 2016 at 1:20 AM

Dear Steve & Janet,

Thank you for blessing Bangalore with your conversion story, God knows the Church needs it. Have heard your story on EWTN’s Journey Home and on youtube but never get tired of hearing it. But on the 23rd we were blessed to hear you live for the very first time, how invigorating it was. I do hope you come back again and do a workshop type event for the charismatic leadership in Bangalore some day ( there are some lay preachers who have inadvertently allowed evangelical doctrine creep in and while they mean no harm to the church they may work as counter witnesses )

I pray that you have a great time at Kerala preaching to the priests and nuns and have a safe trip back home. BTW i hope you/your son enjoys the book ” GOOD FATHERS TO GREAT DADS ” that my co-author Chris “thrust” into your hands just as you were entering the car :) ( in fact we would love to have feedback )

May God Bless you and keep you and may you continue to be a great blessing to the Catholic Church.
Adrian

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