24 Letters

posted Mar 6, 2019, 8:33 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 6, 2019, 8:33 AM ]

March against Hate

Sir, Kudos to the people, including artists, architects, filmmakers, cultural administrators and live art practitioners, who took the time and the pain to take part in the parade in Mumbai, displaying their support against hate - 'Artistes unite against Hate' (Mumbai Mirror, dated March 3). While our political leaders do not hesitate to show their hatred against their opponents, as well as people of other faiths, it was certainly great that a section of our society took time to come down heavily on hatred. >>>


Restoring Credibility in today's Church

Sir, The Editorial in The Examiner of March 2, 2019, contained an account of the Presentation of Cardinal Gracias in the recently concluded Meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church.

Cardinal Gracias said that the way to address the crisis must involve the "regional, national, local-diocesan, and even parochial levels." This also includes the involvement of lay people - both men and women.


Calix Society

Sir, Calix Society is a Christ-centred Catholic recovery support group. Calix means "Chalice" in Latin. Realising their Catholic faith was the surest path to serenity, a group of five recovering alcoholics in Minneapolis founded the Calix Society in 1947. Soon, affiliated units or chapters sprang up in 70 cities across the USA, with one each in Ireland and England. Each chapter is established with the permission of the local diocesan bishop.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), constituted 12 years earlier, has a "Higher Power, or a God as one believes"! It is non-denominational and inter-religious. However, Calix Society puts its total confidence in Lord Jesus Christ; Who promised us that "His yoke is easy and His burden is light"! (Matthew 11:30). The co-patrons of Calix Society are Our Lady of Recovery, and the Venerable Matt Talbot.


The last days of Judas Iscariot

Sir, The dark comedy 'The Last Days of Judas Iscariot' by Stephen Adly Guirgis, enacted at Holy Family School Hall, Andheri on February 24, was based largely on the imagination of the playwright. It is set in Purgatory in a darkly comic world between heaven and hell inside a court room. Of the number of individuals who are given a chance to redeem themselves to find a place in heaven is Judas Iscariot. Witnesses testify for or against him, taking us deep into the possible world of one of Christianity's most disreputable personalities.

The Junior Jesuit brothers, along with a few other children and youth presented a two-act play, which bowled us over by the high standard of performance.


Lent is an occasion for Joy

Sir, For many of us, Lent means giving up something that we enjoy, doing something good, and not eating meat on Fridays. Lent is seen as a time of sacrifice. But Lent is a time of celebration, because it repairs our relationship with God.

Lent has traditionally been a time to reflect on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But it is also a time to do good works, to bring healing and hope to our world. This is the joy of Lent, that during this time, goodness increases in the world, and evil is slowly and steadily decimated in the 40 days of Lent.