Saturday, 22 December 2012

The Missionary is moved by Faith

          Every one of us has a desire to become a missionary one day somewhere in an unknown land. We all praise and admire the great works of missionaries. The life of great missionaries is what we sometime take a lot of interest to know about and, to imitate. But have we ever given a thought to the fact that there is some internal force which moves a particular missionary to do what he does. We might glorify the deeds of missionaries; however we must not forget that a person is a missionary because of his mustard-seed like faith in God. Yes, it is his faith in almighty God which moves a missionary to do great works of charity for the people of God and even for the enemies of God.

            Each missionary expresses his desire to become a missionary and go to the remotest place because of his belief in the Lord. He listens to God’s voice speaking to him, calling out his name to do His will. Thus a missionary becomes a messenger of God because of his faith and in return, God makes him the instrument of faith to the others.

            Faith, as everybody knows, is one’s total surrender to God and to His infinite will. It is this aspect of faith that leads a person to empty himself, his selfish motivation and to generously offer himself in the service of others. Faith is what makes one’s relationship with God stronger based on mutual understanding and love. And we can see this same attitude in a missionary.

            This year we celebrate the Year of Faith, so it becomes essential for all of us  to look at the life of different missionaries who have toiled hard and worked zealously for the cause of spreading the Kingdom of God. We can see in them the aspects of mystics, prophets and servants of God, always working tirelessly to give Jesus to others.

-Cl. Aristo Andrat

Monday, 10 December 2012


            Love existed since the beginning. It was manifested in the unity of the Holy Trinity. The Father’s love for the son and that of the son towards the father is symbolically expressed in the birth of the Holy Spirit. God created man out of love. God later sent prophets and messengers to communicate his love. When no one would believe in this message that ‘He is love’, he sent his only son as a complete manifestation of his Love. He himself is Love. When dying on the cross for our salvation he gave the fullest expression of the Father’s love.
            The Prophets and messengers were truly the missionaries of love who cried out for the people’s repentance to return to the merciful God. Jesus, though God, came in humility to sacrifice himself for our sake. We are all called to follow Christ in this example of humility and self-gift. We become missionaries after the heart of Christ to proclaim the Good News that “God is LOVE”. We make the word of God incarnate in our lives and we become authentic and credible witness to the ‘message’ and to ‘him’ whom we are proclaiming.
            What we require is to daily meditate, assimilate and interpret God’s word. Likewise, in the light of God’s word reading the signs of the time we interpret our present life situation. We totally give of ourselves to the service of the poor, the marginalised and we cry out against poverty and injustice. We defend and promote Human dignity and respect. We must be missionaries of love, denying one’s own self for the work of God in the service of others.

                        Nazarius Kharkongor SDB

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Nelson Mudaliar
The community of Divyadaan celebrated the community day on 8th of November,2012. The theme chosen was – ‘United in Love to radiate God.’ This theme is in keeping with the Letter of Rector Major exhorting us to be Mystics, Prophets and servants all embodied in the person of Christ.
As 11th November draws near, my thoughts went on a ride to explore what it really means to be  a Missionary. Various insights came to my mind, I shall put forth those ideas in the form of a story.
The Abbot of a certain monastery called a novice just after tea. He requested him to get ready to come with him to preach in the village nearby. The novice washed his face, packed his haversack and carried a Bible along with him. The Abbot waited patiently for his novice at the entrance. The novice filled with exuberance approached the Abbot. The Abbot looked at his novice, smiled at him and said, “My dear, all that is needed is you, yourself.” The novice kept everything inside and accompanied the Abbot. The novice inquired about the topic that he was to preach on the Abbot ignored this request and started marveling at the beauty of fields that they were crossing. They exchanged pleasant greetings along the way. In a solitary place, under the cover of a Banyan tree, the Abbot together the novice sat down to pray. A family asked them for tea to which they accepted. They chatted with the family. As they proceeded further they helped a farmer gather his hens. And then they started back to the monastery.
The novice was surprised since the Abbot didn’t keep his word of preaching in the village. The Abbot somewhat sensing this complimented the novice, “You’ve been good you will become a very good preacher.” “But, Master we didn’t preach today.” “We did, my son, we did!”Nelson Mudaliar
This is what a Missionary is! Someone great said, “Preach, preach, preach always preach but use words only when necessary.” For me to be a Missionary (which I hope and pray to be) is to Radiate God through my life.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Nelson Mudaliar

. . . . just but a winded key
    Everything that is created is a known reality. Man knows the earth that he lives in is an arena of blessings. These blessings he has renewed to enumerate in some fields a thirty fold produce, in some a fifty fold produce while in some a hundred fold blessings. He has come to learn of the nature of all bodies. Even the sun and the moon in the Milky Way galaxy are no longer mysteries to him.
    His domain and knowledge extends even over exotic creatures like the skunk, ibis, skua and the Aardvark. And his creative power has architectured monumental townships like New York city and Naples. Well, why go far? You could count on our very own ‘garden city’, Banglooru as one of his Noble metropolises that ever existed.
    The world is but a toy winded on this spring called MAN. This toy is made to run by the winding effect of man. His beauty and goodness is unwounded in so many marvellous ways. However, like man in life we too are called to acknowledge amidst all the wonders the silent hand that is winding us to create a better world in the mIlky way, aArdvark and noble Metropolises called I AM.

-Chris Ferreira

Monday, 12 November 2012

All of us are called to be missionaries
“Jesus commands us : go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (mt- 28:19)
               All of us are missionaries from the time we have been baptized and confirmed. Jesus himself calls each of us by name and sends us to proclaim his word to the poor. To be responsible for helping people around us, to learn about god and to come to the knowledge of truth .  We as Christians can do missionary work by giving a good example of our own life. By becoming Christ to others. Our work and deeds must be the image of Christ to the people around us. So let us put on Christ. As st. Augustine says. And be missionaries of Christ to those around us. 
                           Mother Teresa used to say -:”often you can see power lines running alongside the street. Unless current is flowing through them, there is no light. The power lines is you and I. the current is god! We have the power to allow the current to flow through us and thus to generate the light to the world.
                                                                                                                 Cl. JACKSON  SOUZ sdb