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Communication matters!

  09:22:46 pm, by Castilino   , 162 words  

You never know whose life you touch, when, how and to what extent - merely by something you say or do or don't say or miss out on! I realised this when late last night, after having read of some unrest in Koraput district of Orissa, sent an sms to our confrere working there. This morning I got a call from him. He was emotionally touched by this simple gesture of mine, just inquiring if things were OK with him, amidst the tension and violence around the place. He told me that this is the first communication he received in months. I was surprised, and asked him if he didn't receive the Provincial circular and the other smses I sent around after Fr Benji's death and regarding his funeral. He replied, that he did receive them all. But none which made him still feel wanted or part of the family, especially by his own confreres!

God be praised, for you never know...

Religious: Signs of exaggeration!

  07:56:36 am, by Castilino   , 184 words  

Post Vatican II, the idea that the religious life is a state of perfection (above that of lay state of life) gave way to a balanced notion of Christian life and living, especially through the Lumen Gentium. This morning's meditation talk by Fr Dominic Veliath was very insightful in this regard. Here's the summary of his reflection on religious life and its relevance:

As religious we are called to be 'SIGNS' ... signs of exaggeration, of commitment, of happiness. We are called to live life noticeably, that everyone sees in us the path to sanctity (holiness) to which all are called. If we too live our life in an ordinary way, (or worse still, giving scandal) then what is the point in being a religious? Here in comes the aspect of commitment. People see in our lifestyle a 'special breed' hell bent on LIVING the gospel and its values; not merely as an impressive once-in-a-way presentation but as a joyful and total choice. And an important sign to check our fulfillment in being signs of exaggeration and commitment is our 'happiness meter'!

Thanks Fr Dominic!

Update on details of Fr Macky's death

  08:10:24 am, by admin   , 236 words  

Fr Gerardo Macapinlac SDB, Rector of the Provincial House Makati Manila (FIN) died on 4th September as the result of a collision with another vehicle in Hua Hin, Thailand, where he had been attending a Salesianity Seminar conducted by Fr Joe Boenzi SDB from SUO. 'Fr Macky' as he was best known to his confreres, was just 50 years of age at the time of his death.

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BANGKOK: 6th September 2009

After our seminar in Hua Hin, Saturday, 5 September, we all headed for Bangkok. Fr. Macky (Fr Gerardo Macapinlac) took a different car from us because he wanted to meet his former classmates, particularly Suthep in the provincial house in Bangkok.

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Youth on fire

  10:28:23 pm, by admin   , 449 words  

VUNAPOPE (PNG): 5th September 2009:
Over 2,500 young people from 18 educational institutions and some 15 parishes and faith communities gathered on 4 September in Vunapope to celebrate a day of faith, fun and friendship dubbed “Youth on Fire”. Organized by the Salesian community of Vunabosco Agro-Technical Secondary School, the day long youth gathering is to fete the 150th anniversary of the Salesians of Don Bosco.

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