Cornerstone Environment for

Spiritual Development

a lay intellectual-spiritual apostolate

“If anyone thirst, let him come to me and drink,” Jn 7:37

Dear Friend:

Greetings and a warm welcome to Cornerstone, a Lay Intellectual-Spiritual Apostolate! Here is a call to grow ascetically and mystically as a disciple of the Word. Scholarly traditions provide the very best as you make life's all-important journey to become a spiritually vitalized person and promote peace, reconciliation and understanding among people and society at large. At the heart of Cornerstone is the actualization of the Word of God and the living of the Sacramental Life centered on the Eucharist. Prayer and a Life of Witness are the means employed to help people relate better to Jesus Christ; to know, love, serve and glorify the Saviour of the World, and come to Trinitarian Communion.

Cornerstone is a lay Catholic movement of those seeking and spreading the peace of Christ through biblical and sacramental mysticism. It is for those who are looking for a deeper relationship with the Lord and want to live His commandments. It requires a deep understanding of Scripture through Bible study according to Catholic principles, a commitment to a strong interior life through continuous pondering of the word like the Blessed Virgin Mary besides silent contemplation before the Blessed Sacrament, and is lived out as a fellowship of gospel love by practice of the Beatitudes of Christ. Its members enjoy the mystical presence of the word in their lives and spread that word by personal example. The movement grows by attraction, not proselytization, as Pope Francis teaches, and as the early church in the Acts of the Apostles grew: “And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and prayers” (Acts2:42), “And day by day, attending the temple together… praising God and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day…” (Acts 2:46-47). Being a movement of lay people, it advocates an honest day’s labour, a full prayer routine, being loving with everyone and making a small sacrifice everyday in honour of the Lord Jesus, the four elements that comprise its spirituality.

The seeker is ideally one searching for God's will. One will be set on a life of purpose, inner joy, dynamic balance, newfound energy, and capacity for transcendence. Taking each moment as a gift to be lived meaningfully via a strong Eucharistic Spirituality and walking prayerfully with God, one is put on life's glad adventure of making the world a better place. Suffering too will be a part of the journey, which taken in faith, can be joyfully endured, leading to our sanctification and a share in His glory. We realize that our vision is an intricate, challenging one and approach it through prayer and absolute reliance on God. Cornerstone's is a labour of love at the service of anyone with spiritual thirst and it is faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Cornerstone, launched in 2021, the Year of Saint Joseph, looks to the Guardian of the Holy Family and the Interior Life, as its Patron Saint, seeking his intercession and blessings to become an instrument for God's glory, for His salvation to reach all humanity, for the transformation of the structures of the world from within through the power of the Word, and for all creation to come to Trinitarian Communion. In particular, his interior strength and exterior gentleness is the style of its engagement. May Cornerstone lead you to a deeper communion with the Holy Trinity, whereby your world of enlightenment, joy and satisfaction are unlocked to immense possibilities.

Dr. Paul Mathulla, ME, PhD

Founder, CESD

"Lead me Lord, I pray"

V I S I O N AND A C T I V I T I E S

Members of CESD, the Lay Intellectual-Spiritual Apostolate, are called to promote peace, reconciliation and understanding among people and society at large through Biblical and Sacramental Mysticism so that more people know, love, serve and glorify Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the Word, and come to Trinitarian Communion. They will be engaged in the following:


i. Enrichment in the Word;

ii. Deepening of the Interior Life;

iii. Living the Beatitudes of Christ; and,

iv. Practising the Sacramental Life.

Members will initially be trained in the following 16 modules, titled Counsels for the Serious Christian Life Moving Towards Perfection. Anyone with spiritual thirst and commitment to the Holy Eucharist is welcome to become a member.


i. Repentance: a Call to Greatness

ii. Bearing Witness with your Life

iii. Living the Dynamic Balance

iv. Wielding Authority Jesus's way

v. The Sacrament of Confession: A Serious Christian Life Moving Towards Perfection

vi. Growing Ascetically and Mystically as a Disciple of the Word: Developing an Interior Life

vii. Prayer in the Home: The Secret to Unity and Joy in the Family

viii. The Christian upon the Cross: Living the Glory of Salvation

ix. Being a Student Under the Lordship of Jesus Christ

x. Living the Vocation of the Lamb

xi. Idolatry

xii. Moving from Justice to Mercy

xiii. Reflections on Truth

xiv. The Beatitudes of Christ: The Policy of Heaven Given to Earth

xv. The Daily Eucharist: An Invaluable aid to the Serious Christian Life Moving Towards Perfection

xvi. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, has Called you


Other activities of CESD include:

A. Producing Spiritual Literature

i. A Scriptural Rosary, published by Claretian Publications, Bangalore

ii. My Yoke is Easy, My Burden is Light, published by Claretian Publications, Bangalore

iii. With Love from Galilee, published by St Paul's Better Yourself Books, Mumbai

iv. The Rich Inner Life, published by St Paul's Better Yourself Books, Mumbai

v. Contributions to the National Periodicals, The Examiner, Mumbai and The New Leader, Chennai.

B. Offering Spiritual Consultation

C. Offering a 25-hour course in Philosophy of Education to Seminarians


CESD is funded purely by voluntary donations, cheerfully given and gratefully accepted with the assurance of the highest financial rectitude where not a penny is applied to the personal benefit of its trustees or functionaries, who are committed to values of austerity, fidelity and obedience to authority. Remuneration to those who provide services to CESD will be made as appropriate. All remittances to Cornerstone must comply with the Income Tax Act of India, 1961.