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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Installation Wizard in our Hearts

We know that people today can install software in the computer through which the computer can give us better results. But can we install software in our hearts? Is this possible? The CPU (Central Processing Unit) is the heart and brain of the computer, without which the computer is nothing but a brain dead person. …

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God’s Surprise Visit (Pope Francis- A Prophet of our Age)

Fr Gerard W. Hughes, SJ exclaims that our God is a God of surprises. But these surprises occur only when God gives us a surprise visit! Each visit of God has a certain purpose to be fulfilled. However, God visits us by choosing and sending a person from among us. While the Israelites were under …

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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 at 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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FREEDOM MATTERS

“Oh! My love, I need you, I want you to be with me always, come back, my son,” cried Jose bitterly after reading a letter from his son Ivin. “What was it in the letter that made Jose to cry bitterly? Well, here is the letter; let us read it ourselves and find out why? …

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Beloved of the Hated

She was loving, She was caring, She had everything, To be a parent to the orphans. She had a body, She had a heart, Nothing she did for herself, But for those whose Body is broken. Lovable and great are the poor, Thirsty is Jesus in them; To satisfy it is our task, Love is …

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Agnes: A Channel of Jesuitness

Agnes was born in Albania, but most of her life was spent in India. She was a nun in the Loreto Congregation, but her Master, Jesus, wanted her to start a new congregation to help those people who were struggling to get even a piece of bread. She used to draw spiritual water from the …

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YOU LOOK SO BEAUTIFUL IN WHITE!

“You look so beautiful in white”- This is a very famous romantic album song by the group WESTLIFE. Similar words are ringing in my mind because of a similar experience of mine in the recent past. As always I was cycling towards my college with lots of anxieties, worries, fears, tension and stress. Tension of …

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Coming Home to My-Self

I wonder, sometimes, when I’m all alone What kind of a ghostly presence stays within unknown Catching air and beholding it area like It only exists, nobody can hold it.   What a lovely place is it away from the world Seems an escape- a daydream, or also a nightmare But it isn’t a place …

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Why don’t we get the mystery hidden in history?

Recently I read an article in the ‘FRONTLINE’ by Meera Nanda, titled Hindutva’s Science Envy. It is about how some powerful organizations have twisted some facts of science/history to suit their purpose. This is not a far-fetched fact. We know it is becoming a common thing now. But how far can we allow this to …

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An Ever Existing Rainbow

Ever existing rainbow,oh, what a wonder! Yes friends, it is true. Here is a bright rainbow at Desur in Belagavi district. It never disappears, but shines with different colours. It is our lovely home XTC, which has turned to 50 years with cherishable memories. XavierTraining College is a home, which is meant for forming young …

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A MIDNIGHT ADVENTURE

Mahatma Gandhi rightly said, “When a woman is able to walk freely in midnight, then India has achieved complete Independence.” Then are we still not independent? Let’s talk about this. India has made such progress in various fields that it is able to stand high enough to compete with other countries. If it’s so, then, …

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Lost in Hyper-Reality

Having lived in India alone and travelled through many states, I am always wonderstruck at the political, social and cultural changes that take place so rapidly. The influence of the changing scenario has led us to a dramatic change in thinking. I am reminded of a beautiful poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning “Change Upon Change”. …

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EDITORIAL by Praven Kiran Martis, SJ

Every Christian is a ‘Christopher’ says Pope Francis in one of his audiences with the faithful in Vatican City this February. In connection with the year of mercy, the Pope teaches that every Christian has another name – Christopher – which means “bearer of Christ”. In his teachings, Pope Francis shows that there is much …

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“YES” TO A FRONTIER MINISTRY: WITH THE JESUIT REFUGEE SERVICE by Fr Cedric Prakash, SJ

Today is March 19th 2016- and as I write this I remember, St Joseph, whose Feast we celebrate today- and who is also the Patron of the Society of Jesus. I am thinking of the Joseph, who must have felt real terrible- as he went about looking for a place for Jesus to be born …

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FRONTIER MINISTRIES: CALLED TO TREAD THE UNTRODDEN PATH by Fr Jossie D’Mello, SJ

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference” Robert Frost. The above words from the well-known poem entitled “The Road not Taken” by the renowned American poet Robert Frost shed light on the theme of Frontier Ministries. “We are too much institutionalized” …

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FEARLESS TO BE FRONTIERLESS by Fr Richard Sequeira, SJ

Though the phrase `frontier ministries’ has gained prominence rather recently, especially after GC 35, the concept itself and its realization is almost as old as the Society itself. Ignatius laid the foundation for it right at the start: while most of the religious orders and congregations had a specific ministry, for the order he founded …

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