It is sa sfying at my age to have fulfilled a long term wish that I thought may never happen. In Goa, India, lies the body of the greatest missionary since Apostolic mes, Saint Francis Xavier. My pilgrimage there recently to his tomb was a most wonderful moment for which I am grateful. To be among so many other pilgrims at the Shrine, with two Indian priests from the Kimberley Mission, was a privileged experience that will remain firmly in my mind and heart. The adver sement on our television that boldly recommends the na on of India to travellers uses the term “Incredible India”. It is a most apt slogan that describes the sub-con nent perfectly in all its diversity, beauty, colour and faith. Apart from a plethora of those physical a ributes that excite tourists, such as architecture and food for example, Indian society also has deeply imbedded into its psyche a faith factor that is engaging and at once wondrous. Compared to the appallingly plas c, tedious and banal manner of most of modern Australia, India has a complex depth that is exci ng and upli ing. The faith and devo on of peoples ever present in Indian culture is a deligh ul gi to a worldview capable of enriching us all. I came away most posi vely affected by my me in India but also I was alert to the challenges that populous country faces. Wealth and poverty sit side by side in an outstanding way while the poli cs of the country is confusing and complicated, at least to outsiders. In Kerala with Father Robi and near Hyderabad with Father John Bosco I was privileged to meet their respec ve families and to enjoy such moments as las ng gi s which I shall savour. I am indebted to the care and companionship those priests and others have given to me. Will I go to India again? Yes, most certainly. The kindness and the hospitality of the people I met there was overwhelming and deligh ully memorable. So was the demonstra on of faith among so many of the populace. These two prime pictures- one of hospitality, one of faith- sit firmly with me in deepest gra tude. Incredible India.