22 Letters

posted Sep 11, 2018, 10:11 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Sep 11, 2018, 10:12 AM ]

Catholics need to become academically excellent

Sir, The inability of even a single candidate among the 10,800 appearing for an exam for a job with the Goa government to score the requisite 50% marks for passing the exam should be a matter of deep concern about the standard of education imparted by Catholic institutions. It is no secret that academic excellence is rarely associated with Catholics. The reason is not far to seek. Little emphasis is laid on being the best academically in our homes. The Church and its many organisations have little inclination to venture into secular matters. As a result, our youth, instead of concentrating on building their careers, are busy enjoying; partying, instead of being an embellishment of their lives, has become the fulcrum.


An encounter of a different kind

Sir, Marriage is one of the biggest decisions we make in life. The bliss of falling in love and promising to live the rest of our lives with one person is a wonderful yet scary proposition. Most of us enter this holy union with great dreams and expectations, and are blinded to the reality that married life is difficult and requires a lot of work and struggle.

The Church makes it a pre-requisite for a couple about to embark on their journey towards marriage to attend a Marriage preparation course. We attended the Residential session which was held at Atma Darshan in Andheri. Like most couples, after getting mixed reviews from those who had already attended, we did it because "we had to."


Arrests of activists

As per reports, the Maharashtra Police's move to arrest five well-known activists was punctured with the Supreme Court observing that "dissent is the safety valve of democracy" and directing that those in its custody be kept under house arrest. The five human rights activists — Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha — who were arrested after the pan-India crackdown, were not sent to jail, but kept under house arrest until September 6, the SC ruled. ">>>


Vocation of Consecrated Widows

Sir, Addressing the International Convention for Consecrated Widows in the Vatican on Sep. 6, Pope Francis told the participants to "Be leaven for this world, and light for those who walk in darkness and in the shadow of death." Pope Francis encouraged them to live their consecration in daily life with simplicity and humility.

Fr Flanagan (US), the founder of Our Lady's Society of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT), developed the vocation of Consecrated Widowhood and has written a rule of life for them.


Low-cost Housing

Sir, Reading Yorick Fonseca's article 'Elevating Human Dignity' in The Examiner, I would like to share an extract of another article that offers low-cost housing for the poor:

"India has a severe housing shortage problem, which is well known. In particular, there is a need to address the shelter needs of the lower income groups and their aspirations. The challenge is to make these aspirations a reality by providing for an affordable solution. Ideally, the solution should be scalable - to reach the masses - and should be quickly built, and at the same time address issues of sustainability and quality. Clearly, we need a 'game changer' in the housing industry.

We believe that the technology proposed by IIT Madras, and demonstrated recently by the construction of the 'GFRG demo building', has the potential to meet this challenge of providing rapid affordable mass housing.

Advantages over conventional buildings:

- High speed of construction: GFRG demo building with four flats in two storeys (total 1981 sq.ft.) built within a month!

- Less built-up area for the same carpet area: wall panels are only 124mm thick.


Humanity triumphs

Sir, Your article in The Examiner (Sept 8-14 issue) 'Kerala - Catholic priest addresses…' touched me immensely. In times where we are fighting over various religious issues, here is an example of religious unity. Hats off to the Maulvi and our Muslim brethren for lending a helping hand in such devastating situation. Kudos to Fr Puthussery for walking into the masjid and seeking help from the Muslims, and a big applause and thanks to the Maulvi for allowing the priest to address the Muslim congregation. Goes to prove that humanity does not have any religious boundaries.