Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Nathaniel Hawthorne's the 'great stone face' elaborates on an age old theme. People await the coming of the wise one who will lead them and bring an era of prosperity. In the story the people sought this 'ray of hope' in one whose physiognomy bore a marked resemblance to a rock formation. However, in a stunning turn of events quite contrary to the general feeling of an outsider taking the reigns of administration, 'Ernest' a common villager around whom the story revolves turns out to be the prophesied one.
'No prophet is accepted in his own country', says Jesus.To me a 'prophet' in today's jargon would be a missionary. Hence in one's perennial desire for a dynamic pastor one looks out to the horizon. As the old adage goes the 'grass is greener on the other side'. No wonder we would welcome an outsider in great pomp while the one who is among us we push to obscurity.
There was once a great feast in the village. The village leader declare that the feast being a community affair everyone was to contribute a minimum of one glass of wine to provide for the night's festivities. One miserly villager debated that if he put a glass of water into the barrel it wouldn't make a difference to the quantity of wine that would be there at the feast later that day, imagine the consternation of the chieftain when turned on the faucet of the wine barrel and out came water.
I fear this too may be our predicament if we don't 'pull up our socks', because Jesus commissioned us to go out and proclaim and not to await the Good News. Hence, we can gain inspiration from a quote by Zig Ziglar on our line of action, "If it is to be it is up to ME".

Nathaneal George.SDB

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

As the cardinals gather for the conclave in Rome which will begin tomorrow, it is but right that we as Catholics and seminarians, and moreover, as members of the missionary group offer them our prayerful support. The church as we know is under attack from various corners. In theses trying times the leaders of the church greatly need our prayers. Let us ask our Blessed Mother Mary to be present with the Church through her powerful intercession. Let us also pray that the perennial presence of the Holy Spirit as promised by Christ may strengthen the church so as to be a credible witness of Jesus to the world of today.

Don Bosco tells his Salesians, “No efforts should be spared when the church and the papacy are at stake.” As missionaries, our mission is to be at the service of the church. Right now the church needs us. Let us support our mother Church by our prayers.

Nazarius Kharkongor.sdb.

Friday, 8 March 2013

In today's consumeristic world the society tells us to be tough for might is always right. But as today's gospel portrays it, can we accept our faults and still be strong.
Ronald Vaz.