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Friday, June 16, 2017

Remembering my Dad on 'Father's Day'


Remembering my Dad on ‘Father’s Day’.

I remember my father had taken me everywhere during my school holidays, visiting new places to see and explore, to the beach, to the market place every day to buy fresh fish and groceries, to my favourite restaurant in town for ice-cream, to the nearby hills for walks and to pluck 'canttam' and 'cashew apples', to the lakes and springs for picnics, and to nearby rivers for a swim.



My father had made for me my very own first mini catapult (Konkani: 'robond'). He had also taken me fishing to the salt-water river, to watch football games in the nearby town, and to distant places visiting friends and relatives, by bus, taxi and ferry, all of which I had enjoyed immensely.

I remember my father had also taken me along when he had gone to meet the Capuchin Friars at my school, nestled high up on the hill of Monte de Guirim, Bardez, Goa, among the verdant surroundings. On our way back we had stopped to pluck ripe cashews from the trees that grew on the slopes of the hill. It had been a great fun-filled day although the climb was very tiring. We had made a brief stop at the shop down the hill for a soda, a real thirst-quencher. They had walked back home on the winding path through our picturesque village. Many people seemed to have known him as he greeted them along the way. He also waved out to the people who worked in the fields. "My Dad knows everybody”, I had thought. I still miss him and his humble ways.




Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Saint Anthony

St. Anthony of Padua
Today is the feast day of St. Anthony of Padua. He was born in Portugal. He joined the Franciscan Order and was a proficient preacher and teacher in Padua, Italy. He is one of the Catholic Church’s most popular saints. Saint Anthony of Padua is popularly known as the patron saint of lost and stolen articles. He is typically portrayed holding the child Jesus—or a lily—or a book—or all three—in his arms.  Many people give alms to St. Anthony Bread in thanksgiving to God for blessings received through the prayers of St. Anthony.

He is the patron saint of my alma mater, St. Anthony's High School, Monte de Guirim, Bardez, Goa.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Bixby Creek Bridge

Where is Bixby Creek Bridge?
Bixby Creek Bridge, also known as Bixby Bridge, is a reinforced concrete open-spandrel arch bridge in Big Sur, California. The bridge is located 120 miles (190 km) south of San Francisco and 13 miles (21 km) south of Carmel in Monterey County along State Route 1.
One of the most photographed bridges in California due to its aesthetic design along State Route 1.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Murals on Silos of Midland, Ontario


The mural on the grain silos depicts a Huron Native and a Jesuit Priest looking into the nearby village of Sainte-Marie, as it would have appeared in 1640.

Midland is located on Georgian Bay in Lake Huron.
Founded by the Midland Railway Company in 1871.


Sunday, May 14, 2017


Happy Mother's Day


Remembering
My Loving Mom
 Sebastiana Pereira e Fernandes
on 
MOTHER'S DAY


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A Prayer from Pope Francis

Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima, with renewed gratitude for your motherly presence, we join in the voice of all generations that call you blessed.

We celebrate in you the great works of God, who never tires of lowering himself in mercy over humanity, afflicted by evil and wounded by sin, to heal and to save it.

Accept with the benevolence of a Mother this act of entrustment that we make in faith today, before this your image, beloved to us.

We are certain that each one of us is precious in your eyes and that nothing in our hearts has estranged you.

May that we allow your sweet gaze to reach us and the perpetual warmth of your smile.

—from Mother Mary: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Martyr's Shrine - Midland, Ontario

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The Martyrs’ Shrine is the National Shrine to the Canadian Martyrs. This holy and historic site honours the eight Jesuit Saints who lived, worked, and died here over 350 years ago.

Midland is a town located on Georgian Bay in Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada. It is part of the Huronia region of Central Ontario.


Our Lady of Fatima Centenary




Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, Fatima, Portugal

Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, Fatima, Portugal
In the year 1917, in a mountainous region at the center of Portugal, the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus, appeared six times to three young children. This year on 13th May,the feast day of Our Lady of Fatima, Pope Francis is leading the canonization ceremony for Francisco and Jacinta Marto in Fatima, Portugal, on the hundredth anniversary celebrations of the first apparition of Mary the children experienced, where His Holiness will be joined in prayer by Catholics from all over the world.
In view of this great milestone, our trip to Portugal this year in March was a privileged and significant one as my wife and myself got a chance to fulfill a lifelong wish to go on a holiday to Portugal along with our 2 daughters and son-in-law, and more importantly for having included in this tour to pay homage to Our Lady of Fatima by visiting the Holy Shrine on the 100th anniversary of the apparitions. We will hold this memory close to our hearts forever and cherish it as long as we live.
Today I feel that my spirit, belief and devotion in this regard has been rekindled for having lived to witness the centenary. I wish a happy and joyous feast day to all.

Thursday, May 11, 2017


Mother of Mine

MOTHER OF MINE

Dubai 1972 – Airwaves around the world are abuzz with Jimmy Osmond’s ‘Mother of Mine’ and Dubai FM is no exception. The song turns out to be a huge hit for Jimmy, the youngest of nine children in the Osmond clan, who at the time was only nine years old. I thought about my Mum in Goa every time I heard it, and constantly hummed the tune or sang the lyrics underneath my breadth. Two years later I lost my mother. She was my best friend who I miss up to this day. She taught me all that I know and set an example living her own simple life and made my own worth living. Not a single day goes by without thoughts of her good values. She died young. I have outlived her so far by five years. Forty-three years after the song ‘Mother of Mine’ first captured the air-waves, I rededicate my favourite song to all mothers everywhere.
Hope it’s your favourite too.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

Our Lady of Fatima


Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, Fatima, Portugal

In the year 1917, in a mountainous region at the center of Portugal, the Mother of God appeared six times to three young children. This year on 13th May, Pope Francis is leading the canonization ceremony for Francisco and Jacinta Marto in Fatima, Portugal, on the hundredth anniversary of the the first apparition of Mary the children experienced, where His Holiness will be joined in prayer by Catholics from all over the world.

In view of this great milestone, our trip to Portugal this year in March was a privileged and significant one as my wife and myself got a chance to fulfill a lifelong wish to go on a holiday to Portugal along with our 2 daughters and son-in-law, and more especially for having included in this tour to pay homage to Our Lady of Fatima by visiting the Holy Shrine. We will hold this memory close to our hearts forever and cherish it as long as we live.

Today I feel that my spirit, belief and devotion in this regard has been rekindled for having lived to witness the centenary.

http://tonferns.blogspot.ca/2008/04/our-lady-of-fatima-and-goan-connection.html

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Rustic Innovation - Picturesque Goa



PICTURESQUE GOA - Arpora, Bardez, Goa.
Rustic Innovation. Cycling up the ladder of success.
“The ladder of success must be set upon something solid before you can start to climb"

Friday, May 05, 2017

Fatima Shrine, Portugal


Fátima is a central Portuguese town that's home to the Sanctuary of Fátima, a Catholic pilgrimage site. The Capelinha das Aparições marks the spot where the Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children, Jacinta, Lucia and Francisco, in 1917. Other sacred sites include the Basílica de Nossa Senhora do Rosário, with its golden angels, and the modern church of Igreja da Santíssima Trindade. The Museu de Arte Sacra e Etnologia exhibits religious artifacts.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Powered by the wind

Powered by the wind. 
~ Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail,
and mankind the vessel. ~ Augustus Hare

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Convent of Christ, Tomar, Portugal


CONVENT OF CHRIST, Tomar, Portugal

Ornately sculpted, Manueline style, hilltop Roman Catholic convent with medieval cloisters.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Rustic Homeliness


Inner courtyard through an arched
entrance of a house
on a cobbled street in Lisbon. Portugal.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Castle at Obidos, Portugal


The Castle of Óbidos
 is a well-preserved medieval castle
located in the civil parish of Santa Maria,
São Pedro e Sobral da Lagoa,
in the municipality of Óbidos,
Portuguese district of Leiria.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Bridges on the Douro River, Porto/Gaia Crossings, Portugal

The Unique Bridges of Porto

Porto is a beautiful city. It is the second largest city of Portugal. Famous for its colourful houses along the cobbled alleyways, it has long history. It is rich in its culture and most of all famous for its bridges spanning across the River Douro, connecting Porto on the north with Gaia on the south. It is known as the City of Bridges. Apparently the people of Porto and Gaia are equally proud of them all with their given names. The best way to see them is to take a river cruise, bask in the panorama and click away. The appear here from the west (coastal) to the east (interior). 'Ponte' is bridge in Portuguese.
The Douro is one of the major rivers of the Iberian Peninsula, flowing from its source near Duruelo de la Sierra in Soria Province across northern-central Spain and Portugal to its outlet at Porto.
 Ponte Da Arrabida

 Ponte Dom Luis I

Ponte do Infante

 Ponte Maria Pia

 Ponte Sao Joao

Ponte do Freixo

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Monastery of Serra do Pilar, Portugal


Part of the area classified by UNESCO as World Heritage in December 1996, the Monastery of Serra do Pilar is the architectural landmark of Gaia. The interesting church and cloisters are laid out according to a circular design unique in Portugal.

The convent built in the 16th century belonged to the Order of Saint Augustine. The church is characterised by a circular shape, a replica of the Church of Santa Maria Redonda in Rome, and is covered by a hemispheric vault with a narrow balcony running its full extent. It took 72 year to complete due to the lack of funding and the political turmoil of those times – with the kingdom of Portugal having fallen to neighbouring Spain. One legacy of that event was the adoption of a Spanish saint for the monastery, Our Lady of Pilar.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Dom Luis I Bridge, Porto, Portugal



The Dom Luís I Bridge is a double-deck metal arch bridge that spans the River Douro between the cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia in Portugal. At its construction, its 172 metres span was the longest of its type in the world.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Santa Maria de Vitoria, The Monastery of Batalha


Monastery - Santa Maria de Vitoria, The Monastery of Batalha (Portuguese: Mosteiro da Batalha), literally the Monastery of the Battle, is a Dominican convent in the civil parish of Batalha, in the district of Leiria, in the Centro Region of Portugal. Originally, and officially known, as the Monastery of Saint Mary of the Victory (Portuguese: Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitória), it was erected in commemoration of the 1385 Battle of Aljubarrota.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Alcobaça Monastery, Lisbon, Portugal


The Alcobaça Monastery (Portuguese: Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Alcobaça) is a Mediaeval Roman Catholic monastery located in the town of Alcobaça, in Oeste Subregion. It was founded by the first Portuguese King, Afonso Henriques, in 1153, and maintained a close association with the Kings of Portugal throughout its history.

The church and monastery were the first Gothic buildings in Portugal, and, together with the Monastery of Santa Cruz in Coimbra, it was one of the most important of the mediaeval monasteries in Portugal. Due to its artistic and historical importance, it was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1989

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Lisbon, Portugal


Elevador Santa Justa (Elevator Lift Lisbon).

The Santa Justa Lift (Portuguese: Elevador de Santa Justa, also called Carmo Lift (Portuguese: Elevador do Carmo, is an elevator, or lift, in the civil parish of Santa Justa, in the historical city of Lisbon, Portugal. Situated at the end of Rua de Santa Justa, it connects the lower streets of the Baixa with the higher Largo do Carmo (Carmo Square).

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

Lisbon by Night, Portugal


Lisbon by night.
View of Castelo of Sao Jorge
Castle of Saint George
 from Elevador Santa Justa
 (Elevator Lift Lisbon).

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Sintra, Portugal



Sintra National Palace, Sintra, Portugal is the best-preserved medieval royal palace in Portugal and was a favourite with the Portuguese nobility. The minimalistic gothic exterior of the palace hides a wonder of decorative state rooms and the national palace is a highly recommended attraction while visiting Sintra.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Sintra, Portugal


Sintra Hillside

Sintra is both a town and a municipality in the Estoril Coast region of Portugal. While most tourists will come to visit the town and its spectacular setting, the municipality is much larger. This article is about the town; for other destinations in the municipality, see the listings below. Sintra is only 28km away from Lisbon, and is primarily known because of the Pena Palace (Palácio de Pena), built in the 19th century in an eclectic style by the Portuguese king-consort Dom Fernando II. Close by, the Castelo dos Mouros (Moorish Castle) is also an important landmark and a popular tourist destination. The town of Sintra itself boasts the medieval Sintra National Palace and several 19th century estates. Sintra and its surrounding mountains (Serra de Sintra) are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a popular destination for day-trippers, and can be easily explored while staying in Lisbon.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

St. Jeronimos Monastery, Lisbon, Portugal






Mosteiro dos Jeronimos (Jeronimos Monastery), Lisbon. The church and the monastery, like the nearby Torre de Belém and Padrão dos Descobrimentos, symbolise the Portuguese Age of Discovery and are among the main tourist attractions of Lisbon. In 1983, UNESCO formally designated the Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém as a World Heritage Site. Construction of the Jeronimos Monastery began in 1501, on the orders of King Manuel I. Chosen as the royal pantheon and financed by the monumental wealth brought back from India, this monumental construction is a brilliant synthesis of European late-Gothic and early renaissance trends.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Sé de Lisboa - Lisbon Cathedral - Lisbon, Portugal


The Lisbon Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church located in Lisbon, Portugal. The oldest Patriarchal Cathedral of St. Mary Major - Santa Maria Maior de Lisboa (Portuguese) ... Official name: Sé de Lisboa. Designated, 10 January 1907.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Christ the Redeemer - Almada, Portugal.

The Sanctuary of Christ the King (Portuguese: Santuário de Cristo Rei) is a Catholic monument and shrine dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ overlooking the city of Lisbon situated in Almada, in Portugal.It was inspired by the Christ the Redeemer statue of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, after the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon visited that monument. The project was inaugurated on 17 May 1959, while Portugal was ruled by the authoritarian President of the Council of Ministers António de Oliveira Salazar who gave his final permission for the project. The giant statue in cement was erected to express gratitude because the Portuguese were spared the effects of World War II. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Lisbon, Portugal, Igreja de Sao Roque, Church of St. Roque




The bland facade of the Igreja de Sao Roque hides one of the most exquisite and decorative churches of Lisbon, and possibly Portugal. Inside the white washed church and adjoined museum are some of the finest examples of Jesuit sacred art and the beautiful chapel Saint John the Baptist. If a tourist was to only visit the interior of one church in Lisbon the Igreja de Sao Roque would be the church of choice.