Family Attractions in San Francisco for Family Bonding

It will be several months before we see our son again.  He had made San Francisco his home since college. It took me sometime to understand what attracted him to this bustling city. In fact, after the initial cultural shock we complained.

 “I don’t understand. Why San Francisco? ” Shaking our heads in exasperation, we missed our turn again in the tight, busy, steep residential roads.

For one thing, there was not a single day where finding a parking spot became a stress trigger. But, I cannot deny the scenic places we accidentally ended up after the unforeseen one way roads that forced an unplanned visit to the local attraction.

On our last day, our son took us to his favorite place- a lake tucked hidden inside the city. He assured us that we will enjoy the experience.

We rented 2 boats for a family size of 7 people. 

We encountered turtles on a dead branch floating on the green-colored water. A mini waterfall on one side of the lake created a rythmic nature sound that reminded our nerves to relax. 

Numerous ducks followed our boat, accustomed to being fed by riders. A tunnel brought another visual dimension to the perfect setting for a family bonding adventure.

I looked at my 3 boys on their own boats entertaining themselves yet watching closely to where their Dad will maneuver his boat. I saw them laugh, argue, push each other, keeping an eye on our boat knowing that I will capture this moment in my android.

I grasped tightly at  the black strap of the life vest that our 10-year old wore as he ventured to balance himself on the boat. He jumped , he laid down and dipped his arms in the lake. He pointed to the turtle family sitting beside each other on a dead branch.

I pondered on how they stayed close together as they stared  back at human families. I could imagine one young turtle pointing at our youngest boy telling his Mommy Turtle, “Look at that boy, he is with his family.”

I zoned back and listened to the father-son talk between the young adult boy and the wise man beside him as they pedaled to move the boat forward while they  talked about our lessons learned in the ministry. 

My heart ached but was filled with gratitude to our Lord. Money cannot replace peace in family relationships.

Goodbye for now to our son until our Lord provides us the grace again to be together again. 

Let us remember to pray for families on the road this summer that each member will be grateful for the graces of laughter, appreciation and togetherness. May the Lord bring unity within. Amen.

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About Fr. Benedict

“Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.” Mat: 10 1-7

I am very much inspired of these words of my Lord when I exercise this ministry.  As a priest I should be always aware of my responsibility towards God who called me to the priesthood and the people whom He has entrusted to me.  Therefore, I completely dedicated my life in Jesus with trust and confident. I am also a great devotee of Mother Mary, who is the constant interceder for me.

I am Fr Benedict Arakkal, Rector of St Paul’s Minor seminary India, Kerala, started my Deliverance Ministry  in the year 2011 , when I was appointed as an assistant parish priest in one of the parishes in my diocese.  To exercise this ministry I sought help from one of the priests who was an exorcist. He had been guiding me very well in order to prepare for this ministry with prayer and confident.

When I was giving retreat to people, a girl was brought to me for prayer. She was so irritated when I prayed over here. She was trying to pull my hands our form over her head. Her hand was so stiff and her face became so furious.   While I was celebrating the mass, during the time of consecration, she shouted aloud, ran towards alter and fainted there.  It was a first experience for me. I was so happy, because could save the life of that girl who was possessed by the demonic spirit.

There after I have come across with a lot of instance like theses…So far I have not taken any major cases of casting out evil spirit in my ministry. As a priest and a family counselor, I am preparing myself to take major cases of processed.

In the month of September 28 I am going to attend   3rd international course on deliverance and healing which is organized byRedemptorists priest in India, Bangalore. I am sure it will help me to do my ministry more effectively.

I ask your prayer and constant support

May God Bless you all

Yours in Christ Jesus

Fr Benedict Arakkal


Will pray that Fr. Benedict gets a Deliverance Crucifix