24 Letters

posted Feb 15, 2018, 11:25 PM by Neil D'Souza

Lent

Sir, I was standing at a bus stop with a box of confectionery, when a group of urchins started milling around me. I gave the box to the leader, a ten-year-old girl, whose eyes lit up. I was sure that she would devour the contents. Surprisingly, she distributed them all to her younger siblings and deprived herself of the treat. But, strangely enough, she sported a broad smile seeing her siblings having a treat.

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Pope Francis' advice on homilies

Sir, During his Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis gave some practical advice to priests delivering homilies and to the people listening to the homilies. To priests, he said, "Be brief; no more than ten minutes, and it should be well prepared." To the faithful listening to the homilies, he said, "Okay, some homilies may miss the mark, but what are you doing about it?" The Holy Father said that those listening had to do their bit by paying 'appropriate attention' and by setting aside their prejudices, which created obstacles.

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"Become fully Indian & fully Christian"

Sir, Cardinal Oswald has been reported to have made the statement "Become fully Indian and fully Christian" in the Opening Address at the CBCI Meeting in Bengaluru.

Our Cardinal did not elaborate on how the Church in India can be fully Indian.

I must say that I welcome the Cardinal's call to be fully Indian. Years ago, when I was Vice President of our APC, we had a Meeting of the APC on Inculturation, which began with the Mass in the Indian Rite celebrated by Fr Hilary Fernandes, with Cardinal Simon Pimenta present. Sad to say, though many agreed with the idea of inculturation, the celebration of this particular Mass has faded into the distance.

It is, therefore, important to point out the many dimensions of the Church being 'fully Indian' if only to avoid confusion and to give clarity on the matter.

For example, what does fully Indian mean:

1. Do we drop the "Latin rite" nomenclature?

2. Do we go in more and more for the Mass in the Indian Rite?

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Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

SIr, We all liked the eco-friendly theme at this year's Kala Ghoda Arts Festival. This year's theme at KGAF was "Go Green" [with eco-friendly initiatives such as the horse (Hara Ghoda) made of used computer parts like mouse, keyboard, old CDs, telephone parts, etc.] We also loved the installation in which 40,000 glass bangles were used: and it looked like a woman's portrait. There were also stalls with Handicrafts/ Footwear/ specialities from various other states, and one was really confused as to what to look at in such a short span of time. People from other states visit this Festival every year, again and again. So this goes to show the beauty, usefulness and creativity of this Festival.

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A life of service is worth living

Sir, To quote Albert Einstein, "Only a LIfe lived in the service of others is worth living." Angelina Jolie says, "I tell my daughters, 'What sets you apart is what you are willing to do for others. Anyone can put on a dress and makeup. It's your mind that will define you. Find out who you are, what you think, and what you stand for. And fight for others to have those same freedoms. A life of service is worth living.'"

This assertion is based on the idea that others are the most important entities in the universe, and that to be valuable (worth living), all lives should focus on serving others. The idea of sacrifice is inherent in this claim: self-interest is sacrificed for the interests of others.

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Appeal

Sir, I would like to appeal to the readers of The Examiner to help me during this time of crisis that my family and I are facing. My husband works as a chauffeur for the Consulate of Mauritius for the past 23 years. He is diabetic, and has always been under the care of Dr Girish Vaswani, who is attached to Saifee Hospital. On December 10, 2017, my husband suffered a major cardiac arrest. He was immediately admitted to the ICU at Saifee Hospital, where the doctors tried their best, but said he had slipped into coma and was on the support of the ventilator.

My husband was admitted in the ICU for 58 days, and now he has been shifted to the General ward, and there is slow response. The expense upto now has been over Rs 1,470,078/- and will be ongoing till he gets well. We have managed to pay the Hospital Rs 1,438,362/- upto now with the help of my husband's office, our savings and relatives. We have to pay a balance of Rs 31,716/-. The earlier daily care procedure cost was approximately Rs 25,000/- and now it has come down to Rs 10,000/-. 

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