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Passion and determination

by Castilino  

The liturgical significance of the day is an interesting one. On the one hand today is the feast of St Jerome, the one who made the Bible available to a wider group and on the other hand, in the first reading of the day we see Nehemiah asking his king… more »

Sensitivity to forms of prayer

by Castilino  

Yesterday evening on my way from Wyra back to the Provincial house I happened to notice that the young girl sitting in the front row of the bus would occasionally pull out a notebook and keep writing the name 'Sri Ram' over and over again. Apparently… more »

Sharing and enlarging the family

by Castilino  

One of the main problems why we Salesians find it difficult to find collaborators for our efforts is perhaps our 'me-and-MY JOB' attitude. We hardly make known to others, especially and specifically to our beneficiaries, our works. We run a school but… more »

"Return" to Don Bosco!!!

by Castilino  

I'm just back from a community where boys after their first semester of Salesiana were given a test/quiz. Here are some of their answers ... Castelnuovo: Capital of Turin. Dominic Savio's prayer: Strike me dead if I am about sin. Dominic Savio: a… more »

Faith, Hope and Charity: Vehicle recovered!

by Castilino  

Exactly 10 days ago, our four-wheeler was stolen. People kept asking me if there was any news about the vehicle ever since. I really had no hopes, whatsoever. I was only striving for the insurance money! Today evening the Police called me to say that… more »

Being 'rich'

by Castilino  

I've always felt embarrassed when known people approach me for money. Besides the facts that I do not feel at ease dealing with money - that too not mine - and that such 'charity' always mars one's relationship, I feel there is something more important… more »

Communication matters!

by Castilino  

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… more »

Religious: Signs of exaggeration!

by Castilino  

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… more »

Education, change and the price of it all

by Castilino  

I spent this afternoon in a very useful manner: watching the movie The Freedom Writers! There are many lessons one - especially a teacher / formator / educator - can learn from this movie. The one that struck me was the perseverance of the teacher...… more »

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