24 Letters

posted Feb 22, 2018, 8:24 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Feb 22, 2018, 8:24 AM ]

Catholic skater lights Olympic Torch

Sir, Catholic Olympic gold-medalist, Yuna Kim, lit the Winter Olympic torch at the opening ceremony of the Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Feb. 9, 2018.

This South Korean skating sensation has long expressed her desire to share the "Light of Christ" (cf. John 8:12; Matthew 5:15-16), by witnessing to her Catholic faith in international competitions.

Yuna had teamed up with the Korean Bishops for the National Rosary Campaign. After making the Sign of the Cross, she had stepped onto the ice to win gold in the 2010 Vancouver Games.

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What is Life?

Sir, 'A day with a couple that wants to die': these headlines in Mumbai Mirror (Feb. 19) must have startled the readers. The report goes on to say they have written to the President of India, seeking permission for euthanasia. Even more frightening is their next plan of action; they are now planning a murder, as they are convinced that their plea for euthanasia would be not accepted. The husband would kill the wife, and then he would be arrested and sentenced to death for the murder (their deadline is March 31, 2018).

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Green Passion

Sir, Our planet is gasping for breath right now; our harmful pollution is choking her slowly and continues to strip her ozone layer. It is time to give a timely response to this alarming state of the only Planet we live in, by doing our share of protecting her, doing simple things that will surely make a big difference. Nature has its own destructive way of getting back at us humans, like global warming, climate change, acid rain, drought, flash floods and other natural catastrophes.

For an enlightening educational PowerPoint Presentation on GREEN PASSION, click the link http://infantjesusjogeshwari.in/gem-ppt-5-greenpassion/

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Fostering vocations today

Sir, This refers to 'We are Ordinary people on an Extraordinary journey' which appeared in The Examiner issue of Jan. 27. These are inspiring stories of young men who received a calling from God to priesthood in the Salesian order. 

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Fully Indian, Fully Christian

Sir, Recently, Cardinal Oswald Gracias called upon the bishops of India to prepare their people to become 'Fully Indian and Fully Christian', especially at a time when certain groups in our country are questioning Christian patriotism. He further stated that "our pastors should smell of the sheep, and at the same time, they should smell of God."

He further stated that the Catholic Church needs our nation, and India needs the Church. Our responsibility is to make the gospel values present in society and make people not only think about, but also discuss, gospel values as an element of evangelisation, be it eradication of corruption, spreading of gospel values, truth, justice, selflessness, removal of prejudices, exploitation of tribals and oppression of Dalits etc. It is the responsibility of the laity to complement this thinking and cohesively put it into practice in our daily life. It is only then that we will be able to eradicate the cynical and suspicious forces in our country, and be true witnesses of Christ by our actions.

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Lenten practices for growth

Sir, On Feb 20, 2018, there was a report in The Times of India (by Bella Jaisinghani) on what Christians are doing during Lent to improve themselves spiritually. First and foremost, the date of Lent ending has been shown as March 29 (Maundy Thursday). The writer is not aware that there is Good Friday on March 30, and Holy Saturday on March 31. Easter Sunday falls on April 1 this year.

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The Beginning of the Season of Lent


Forty days alone,
a wilderness of thoughts,
tempting and inviting thoughts,
which could so easily have distracted you
from your task, your mission,
your vision.

Yet you emerged, stronger and more attuned
to all that had to be done,
despite a time constraint
that to our eyes would have seemed hopeless.
We too live in stressful times.

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