PAUSE and DECIDE

What should I write? Was it my own desire and decision to say ‘YES’ to that priest about joining the seminary? Yes, it was my own. But what happened now? Who is the reason for this? The first unforgettable day in my life!!! When I was studying in the SSLC class, Fr Thomas D’Souza came …

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The Forgotten Gospel

It was early in the morning. My brother and I returned home. We were tired after finishing our heavy work in the night and we sat on an old sofa. “Mikael,” I said to my brother, “If we continue this work for some more time, we will surely become rich and all people will respect …

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My Life by Anush

I find my life with purpose and meaning More than you possibly know From my birth till my death I would catch every glimpse of What I do and where I go. I was born to pious parents Who taught me gently how to pray. Took every step with me Held me before I stumble …

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Newly ordained Jesuit Fr Lancy Fernandes SJ releases maiden two books

Two books written by Fr Lancy Manoj Fernandes SJ, the newly ordained Jesuit priest for Karnataka Province were released by Fr Dennis Moras Prabhu, Vicar General of Mangaluru Diocese and Fr Stanislaus D’ Souza SJ, the Provincial of Karnataka Jesuits respectively at Jeppu seminary grounds on the occasion of the First Mass of Fr Lancy …

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VILLAGE EXPERIENCE IN BENACHINA MARADI (10-17th December 2016)

“Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate the love of God and family and to create memories that will last forever. Jesus is God’s perfect, indescribable gift. The amazing thing is that not only are we able to receive this gift, but we are able to share it with others at Christmas and every other …

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She Taught me……..

    Trin …… the bell rang, it was 4.30 pm. It was the month of June and there was a heavy downpour. I finished my day’s classes at St.Joseph’s College. I could not step out of the college gate due to the heavy rain. I waited for some time, hoping that it would stop …

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Navasadhana – Home Away From Home

  I vividly remember the day I walked into Navasadhana for the first time in my life. I came from Harobale (a remote village Parish) along with my mother seeking admission into the Pre-novitiate. Fr.Jossy Rodrigues was the Director. He was very cordial and hospitable. He made us feel at home by personally attending to …

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A Home away from Home

It was in the year 2011. Some time before May. I had finished my SSLC Examination, and  was waiting for the results as well as thinking of my future. One fine day, I got a phone call. It was 10:00 p.m. I heard a gentle voice asking me: “Do you want to become a Priest?” …

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Editorial

Successful stories of the world have an underlying insight to tell us that great endings have humble beginnings.  Some of the great entrepreneurs had begun their work from scratch. We are not only inspired by them, but also motivated to achieve some milestones in our lives too. In the words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The …

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Freedom to love and to be loved

  “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” [John 21:15] was the question asked by Jesus to Simon Peter. The repetition of this question a third time put Simon Peter in a turmoil. Was this question an invitation to love? Or perhaps a compulsion to be under someone’s bondage? In Jewish …

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Suffering as a Choice

As we lay on our mother’s lap, my elder brother and I did not know what to say except, “Mother, we are very hungry.” Most of the time the answer we received from our mother was a tear filled eye or “Drink water and sleep.” Ours was a small Christian family, in a country where …

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Suffering- Is it an end in itself?

We are living in a technologically advanced world where everything has become easy and quite artificial. Life is losing its value and people are becoming very sensitive in facing the hardships of life. Day by day people suffer due to various reasons in several ways. They find it hard most of the time to understand …

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CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE, CHANGE YOUR LIFE

“You cannot control what happens to you in your life, but you can always control how you respond to it. The way you choose to respond is a reflection of your attitude. By changing your attitude, you also change your perspective and change your life,” says Roy Bennett. Every beginning has its purpose, but every …

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Goodbye Monsoon

Monsoon, you, O monsoon, Why do you desert us so soon?   Each day was greeted with your shower, Leave us in the hot sun never.   Last summer you taught us your worth, We welcomed you with heartfelt mirth.   You weren’t active this year too, I know, you are sad for what we …

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When I think of ‘Pink’

Recently I was touched by watching the newly released Hindi movie – Pink. The movie is about three girls Minal, Falak and Andrea who are molested by Rajveer and his friends, while at dinner hosted by the latter. Minal says NO to Rajveer’s acts but when it crosses the limits; she smashes a bottle on …

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DEEPLY PAINED!

Oh! How my heart feels for The martyrs who died at Uri! Oh! How gruesome the attacks That killed our fellow beings!   Who are we to decide others’ fate? Aren’t we aware that we are creatures And it is he who decides What our life’s worth should be?   Have we become so inhuman …

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LOOSENING THE KNOTS

I, Ramesh Varma, was born on December 31, 1901, in a village called Laxmipura, near Bhagalkot district in Karnataka. Words cannot express the beauty of my village. I enjoyed my childhood like any other child and I had many friends to play with. But my life was shattered when my parents went to heavenly abode. …

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TERRORISM: ARE MUSLIMS THE CAUSE OF IT?

Jesuits are called to take up frontier missions. But if anyone is asked today to volunteer for the Middle East mission, I do not know how many will opt for it. This is because, the world has witnessed the massacre of some Christians in that part of the world, by the terrorists. It is to …

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Nature’s tale

Once a fresh mid-spring day Let’s take a look at nature’s way Breathe the scent of the nice fresh air Feel the breeze within your hair.   Hear the buzzing of the bees Climb the tallest willow trees Look across the meadow way And you shall see a young deer play.   Pick the daises …

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Interview with Fr Ted Bowling SJ

Fr Ted Bowling SJ is a 92 year old American Jesuit missionary of Patna province. He did his master’s degree in chemistry at the University of Detroit, U.S.A. He was the professor of “Basic Science and Scientific Questions connected with philosophy” at JDV, Pune. He was the director of institute for Home study. He was …

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