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Women and Jesus

by Castilino  

This morning as I partook in the Way of the Cross with the staff of the Provincial house, a thought that struck me was the number of women who accompanied Jesus and had compassion on Him outnumbered the number of men who were with Jesus. I am sure… more »

Jesus, the prostitue, the men and me... all alive!

by Castilino  

As the Parish Priest elaborated the most apparent themes that emerge from the Gospel of today, Jesus defending/saving the woman caught in adultery, my mind was recreating the scene with Jesus 'busy' writing something on the ground while all around him… more »

St Joseph and Acceptance

by Castilino  

Somehow the idea of St Joseph being a martyr was not fitting well with my understanding of him... yet I am sure he had his share of woes! I remember sharing this thought with some of my oratory youngsters about Joseph and Mary, way back in 2000 (while I… more »

Formation and Training

by Castilino  

I wonder if formation and leadership training are the same and can hence be dealt with in the same manner and module. It is said that to train a bull I should know how to train a bull, I do not have to be a bull. But does formation really take place in… more »

Way of the Cross according to Simon of Cyrene

by Castilino  

If it were not for Anthic's repeated invitation to come for this evening's way of the Cross, animated by the Children of the Parish, I would have really missed an excellent moment of prayer and reflection. It was precisely for the reason that children… more »

From Don Bosco, on sanctity

by Castilino  

As I was editing the Salesian Ordo, I came across this message on sanctity. It is from the life of Don Bosco and Dominic Savio. It is said that when Dominic Savio approached Don Bosco with the request to make of him a saint, this is the action plan… more »

Poverty and asking the right Questions

by Castilino  

The several revealing facts that were brought to my attention over the past two days, make me a bit anxious. To hear such unbecoming behaviour patterns of confreres, that too young ones, is really alarming. Last night as I lay on my bed, after a long… more »

Learning from lost opportunities

by Castilino  

During the Formation Commission Meeting this morning, Fr Palli used a very amusing phrase... 'learning from lost opportunities'. He was of the opinion that most of our meetings and so called 'animation' programmes are nothing but mere inputs and… more »

I give what I have

by Castilino  

It was a very good decision to move out of the Provincial house to have our recollection today. The venue was a neighbouring rehab centre for AIDS patients, run by the Sisters (about 9 kms from here). Fr Thankachan's reflections were inspiring: We give… more »

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