Thursday, April 9, 2020

A Holy Command to serve and Love on Maundy Thursday!!!!!!!














The creator of the ``world sets an example for the humanity ....example no one ever gave....example which became an inspiration for the successive generation to imitate and change the meaning of service where there is bending down, to wash the feet of creatures. Bending down to lift the drooping spirit of Human beings.


It was a unique and exceptional, extraordinary example of love, service and surrender.  Although Jesus knew; Judas has plan to betray Him, Peter will deny Him thrice & His others disciples would run away! With d hands of selfless Service & with d heart of compassionate love & forgiveness, He washed their feet. 

With this Lockdown, today we can't participate practically in the ceremony of the washing of the feet. Most Catholics will spiritually and emotional miss a lot. They will miss all the traditional fervour and enthusiasm in the Catholic Church. But with this Lockdown, can we breakdown our ego & bend-down to wash d feet of our own family members by Accepting as they are, 

Loving, serving, listening, understanding & forgiving. There is Lockdown on a social gathering & not on the social media, so can we breakdown our walls of prejudices, hatred & jealousy & rebuild the broken relationships? Doesn't matter who was the wrong & who was the right, Can we be the first one to ask forgiveness? 

Can we take the first step to send a loving message or to give a call & restart speaking & caring each other? Today really can I breakdown my Ego & bend-down & indirectly wash the feet of my family & relatives? Let's not forget that 👉🏻 If you selflessly wash the Feet of others, surely automatically you will be washing your own heart in the precious Blood & Water which springs forth from the Saviour Jesus Christ.


Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Push the Stop Button!!!!!!!!



A time to stop...a time to push the stop button, apply the breaks....we have been listening music of ours for too long a period.....have been driving recklessly  and carelessly ....so it is time to refuel the pure spiritual fuel....which is available....we have been abusing the Mother Earth....Pope Francis a prophet of our times celebrated "Ladato `SII"....invited the whole world to respect and honour the Mother Earth....we have taking advantage of her but not giving her due that she deserves...


.it has now made us to change our way of looking, our thoughts, behaviour and attitudes towards the creation, animal kingdom and human beings.....after the crisis we will live a different lifestyle....we were careless and took pride in our inventions and developments.....our technology but today we know that tomorrow is not ours....

we don't know what will happen tomorrow....we cannot be sure of the next day morning....we are responsible for this crisis.....we just took advantage of God's providence and blessings....we forgot him, we abandoned him, we developed a business relationship with him...we went and asked when we need something....when we were in deep trouble....we called on him....but now we realise that he has the key,,,,he controls....he is the master...the GURU...he commands and not WE......

We can see the change already happening....long lost friends are searching, looking for you...some forgotten faces are resorting all of a sudden...love is increasing and abounding in charity and sharing....the famous and rich are coming out of their closets to participate in the sufferings of the poor people...discords are giving ways to friendship and unity,,,understanding among the broken families seems to be restoring at a fast speed....these are all going to be the results of the Corona crisis...

Another great realisation that has dawned on humanity in this period of quarantine is that our needs are very few but we were running and craving for it like mad...because we had adopted an unnatural life style which created unnecessary needs and desires...we were living in self-deceptive pride which created a distance between and among us...

.we had forgotten that only food, clothes and shelter is sufficient to live as great human beings...the other unnecessary material things and wealth has no value at all....now we are asking questions: why were we running and chasing useless things? 


Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Lessons Learnt !!!!!!!!!!!!


We all learn everyday something new in our lives, we have loads of positive and negative experiences in our lives in  given situations and circumstances. Everything comes to teach us and show us what is good and bad, teaches us that we have control or lost control, informs us that we need to slow down or take time to look back to the past, reflect, evaluate and come out with something new to make life more liveable and peaceable. Our failures always become a stepping stones to see something new and hope and desire to do better in future. 

Our sicknesses and diseases make us aware that we are not in charge of our lives but some one who is the Creator but He has given us wisdom to take control and guide ourselves well. During these days of crisis of Corona I have been receiving videos, songs, hymns, messages etc every day...my mobile is constantly beeping sign of arrival of a new message....most of them forwarded...some are scary and frightening ....

I have stopped opening them because I feel they don't deserved to be read, seen and heard.....they only instil fears.....I prefer to watch TV news which are authentic as far as Corona virus is concerned....they give you news which is controlled and scrutinised by the Ministry of tele communication and broadcasting,....I believe...what do we learn from the Mobile stuff nothing but negative messages which adds to our woes....fearful man further instills more fear in others....more than virus the fear is spreading faster...these are weak and fainthearted people...

What we can learn and gain from this Crisis at the moment is that God has sent us a big message and that is turn to me , come back to me...don't try to be faster and bigger than me....He is telling us search and find me in the scriptures, sacraments, in relationships in the family, community and Church....it is not a time to find fault and to play games of blame but to surrender to the Lord who is in full control....he completed His mission 2000 years ago and then onwards He is actively carrying out the same mission of saving the fallen Human race through the instruments of each one of us....Let us be ready to be His voice, hands, feet...etc....

I have learnt these days that it is possible to grow in our faith in Jesus Christ. I have learnt that prayer is a sweet encounter in the external and internal silence....the presence of the Lord is real....he consoles and protects as a shepherd.....Not that He was not present but we were too busy to see him, not that prayer was not sweet encounter but we were rushing through to accomplish our tasks, we needed more time to achieve and be successful in our human endeavours.....now He is giving us more time to oil our engines, to mend and repair, to look and examine from close our lives, the time spent now in this quarantine will definitely help us to live better lives....

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Palm Sunday Celebration

With devotion and faith we blessed the Palms and proceed in the corridors of the Convent...singing "Hail King Jesus, we adore and worship you, Take away Corona Virus"....the hymn echoed in the entire convent not very big but the sweet melodious voices of the sisters filled the area with grace of Jesus......Carrying and waving the Palms....no donkey to ride....but spiritually we offered our shoulders to Jesus and carried him till the Altar.....with the Opening pray for the Church and world ....the sick, doctors and governments to set us free from Pandemic 

Celebrated the Mass for the intentions of those died and who are suffering from virus

As Gospel was read out by four of us....many events were enfolding....many characters involved in the drama...began to compare myself with each character....so true it is....we deny and reject, we sell him for thirty silver pieces.....

The names of Jesus is higher than any other name,,,,in his name there is healing .....

Friday, April 3, 2020

Time to Pray and Know oneself!!!!!!!!!

Unprecedented disease knocked on the doors of humanity....none of us prepared and even expected that this virus could be so fatal....it has taken many lives....people affected most are in pain and suffering,,,,,the precious lives lost and their dear and near ones left behind with pain and agony....the world is fighting a different kind of war...war with no advanced military skills but human heart and humanity......everyone is worried but those fainthearted ones are worried most....have given up the Mighty and powerful God's intervention.....He will bring about healing...he will soon inspire our great scientists who are working day and night to find a suitable vaccination.....human beings have always found the remedy with God's presence and our humble efforts....
 But one thing we must remember that God has given us this precious time to be with our selves....to know who we are? what are we on the earth`/ what is our mission as a human being? what I have done to Marr and spoil the beautiful creation? let me not point out fingers at others? let me accept the responsibility ......I was running too fast.....I was trying to be GOD......I think the only true and living God is asking me stop...look...evaluate....meditate and go deeper into yourself....find out those areas which have offended God.....
 I am lockdown here in Jalgoan, Maharashtra...I came to celebrate the feast of St. Josep on 19 March....9 hours journey from Pune....brought me here on 18th early morn..my first cousin is the Nun in the congregation of Carmelites of Trivendrum.....they have a school dedicated to st. Joseph.....after the celebration I was supposed to return to Pune....accordingly on 20th night I went to board the bus but all the transport to Pune was called off.....no vehicles from that day onwards.....so I am forced to be with sisters....who are so nice and sisterly....taking good care of me.....
 These days have been days of reflection and evaluation of my life...trying to know the intricacies of life and the turmoil that goes on in life....trying to identify the areas of my Capuchin life which needs a little lifting up with the grace of God....
 Internet accompanying me well....a lot of online books, articles and wonderful catholic websites....and my favourite newspapers.....in Marathi, `English, Italian, Spanish, German .....God gave me wonderful time to get in touch with reality
 Praying to the Lord for the suffering humanity,.,,,praying for the governments and doctors.....medical and para-medical personnel....hope the Sun of good health will shine again.....


Saturday, February 22, 2020

Retreat for St. Michael's Adoration Monastery, Meymemsingh, Bangladesh

From Dinajpur to Meymemsingh 10 hours journey by road was a unique esperience...the drivers don't  drive but they literally fly...the roads are pretty good but a lot repair work is on but the drivers have no patience,,,,I was literally carrying my heart in mouth....so terrified....and to add to all this is the honking which is never ending...noise pollutions besides the normal air pollution.....
 The country side is beautiful....all green ...paddy cultivation....a lot of ponds for breeding the fish....
 Meymesingh is quite big city....very crowded......the Catholic population is sizeable,.....
 St. Michael's monastery is 82 years old....
 The monastery is quite spacious....
 The garden and surroundings are beautiful

 The long and silent corridors....
 24 young and old sisters, very active and vibrant .....
 Very much interested to study about Franciscan spirituality

 Fr. Jerome D'Souza from the province of St. Fidelis of Lucknow...is their chaplain....he is here for last 12 years....lives in the bishop's house which is just right opposite the Monastery





Thursday, February 20, 2020

Retreat for the St. Clare's Adoration Monastery, Dinajpur ends!!!!!!!

 Exchanging peace and reconciliation with one another.....all smiles after one week's intense retreat....
 Young and old sisters embrace and exchange sisterly warmth to live the Charism
 God loves us as we are so we need to love and accept one another as we are

 what we are before God, nothing more and nothing less....what we are is what God accepts....
 No prentensions in the presence of the Lord

 We are strengthened and renewed by the spirit of Francis and Clare

 All smiles on the face of the sisters and the guide





 Visited a 300 year old Temple....beautiful.....it is circular...on the wall you can see all the deities of Hinduism are depicted...a wonderful temple.....
 A Home parish of one of the priests of the diocese....

 Bishop's House Dinajpur , I was invited for Lunch by the Bishop/.....
 simple but beautiful Cathedral....

 A marian shrine run by the PIME priests.....they have been missionaries in this part of Bangladesh