28 Letters

posted Apr 10, 2019, 8:31 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Apr 10, 2019, 8:31 AM ]

Light of the World

Sir, Many readers may have noted and appreciated the Editorial 'Triumph of the Transfiguration', in The Examiner (March 16-22, 2019). The narrative beautifully touched various aspects and scenarios pertaining to contemporary situations and happenings like the 14/02 event in Pulwama, by linking it to that Sunday's Liturgy.


Engaging Editorials

Sir, The Editorials in The Examiner are always pertinent and inspiring too. I wonder how you manage to do it, being the Editor for so many years! The editorial for the issue of March 30-April 05, 2019, on the parable of the Prodigal Son contains enriching and inspiring reflections. It touched me.


The Importance of the Church and the State

Sir, With reference to Mr Bonaventure Stephen Gomes' letter titled, "Church and the State" in The Examiner (April 6-12, 2019), despite the separation of the Church and the State, the Church encourages us to live as good and law-abiding citizens. We are called to be the leaven of gospel values in society.

Arbitrary detention and undertrial detention must be completely and permanently banned, and all those who have undergone arbitrary detention must be monetarily compensated immediately without fail. Custodial deaths must be prevented by installing closed circuit TV cameras and security cameras in all jail cells, and throughout the length and breadth of the jail premises.


'The Least of These'

Sir, The movie is a throwback tribute to Graham Staines and his family. We all know of the heart-wrenching tragedy that occurred to Staines and his little sons. During one of the zonal liturgy themes, we had vividly brought out this analogy of Graham and Jesus. An audio-visual depiction highlighted how Graham left the comforts of his developed nation and came to a remote village in India with his family to care for the neglected of society. And Jesus, being God, came down to be one of us, to save mankind. Both were rejected and persecuted to death, but not without leaving the message that we find most difficult at such times to do — forgive.

The inspiring and consoling message at the end of this film should motivate us to face trials like these, with a bold heart. "In this world, ye shall have tribulations, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).


Helpers of Jesus

Sir, The Helpers of Jesus (HJ), runs Sneha Sagar Society (SSS), a Trust registered on March 31, 2001. We are rendering our services to orphans, street children, HIV-positive children, destitute and aged in different parts of Mumbai and Thane. 'Helpers of Jesus' was born on March 27, 2008.

Our motto is to reach out to the last, the lost and the least. The work was begun out of pure love of God and the poor, under divine inspiration, depending totally on Divine Providence. As many have joined in this ministry, today, it is a Pious Association in the Archdiocese of Bombay.

There are nine communities working in the dioceses of Bombay, Vasai and Nashik. We are involved in pastoral work in the parishes viz. Parish Council, Eucharistic Ministers, Catechism teachers, singing in the choirs, sacristy work, Basic Christian Communities, visiting and counselling families.


Lenten Missions

Sir, All the parishes in the Archdiocese of Bombay look forward to attending the various Lenten Missions in English, Konkani, Marathi etc. The season of Lent is the best time to make amends, by recharging our spiritual lives. Making a sincere and good confession, at least annually, if not during Advent and other times, lightens our sin-filled hearts by not getting tempted to commit them again. The parishioners await the preachers at the Lenten Missions, because they are always on the lookout for the Redemptorists, Potta Team, preachers from Tabor, or even the priests from the diocese who can really convey a strong message during Lent.

Parishioners of IC Church, Borivli, were fortunate to have Fr Zacharias Neelankavil, who conducted the English Lenten Mission from March 19-24, 2019. Fr Zacharias also conducted a healing prayer service in the mornings. He is known to be a humble servant of our Lord, with the gift of healing. Every nook and corner - inside the church, outside the compound, on all three sides - was packed with people who attended the Lenten Mission on all six days. The Blessed Sacrament was exposed, and it was heartening to see people raise their hands and hearts in prayer, glorifying and praising the Lord.