The Greatest of the Marian feasts celebrates the Virgin Mary’s participation in her Son’s triumph over sin and death. Not all is finished when we have seen Christ go up to heaven and sit at the right hand of God in order to communicate to us, as the High Priest, the fruits of His sacrifice. The cycle of our redemption can be considered closed only on this glorious day when we see the New Eve join the New Adam in heaven and share with Him the honors of a victory of which she was a chosen instrument... Christ and the Virgin Mary are united in the same work and in the same triumph, in order to restore life to those whom the fault of the first couple had drawn into death” (E. Flicoteaux, O.S.B., “Notre Dame dans l’annee Liturgique”)
To one, who in an hour-long flight, passes from the dry, water-scarce, parched Chennai into the watery, green and comfortable-looking plain of Kerala, the contrast comes with more than a superficial or causal significance. It is not...
To trace the development of Christianity in the district during the 17th century we have to have recourse to the Annual Letters of Madurai from Fr. Emmanual Martin (1638) to Fr. De Mello (1689).
Up to 1535 it could be safely said that the lamp of faith had not been lit anywhere in Tamil Nadu except in Mylapore where St. Thomas preached and was martyred.