28 Letters

posted Oct 10, 2018, 10:34 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Oct 10, 2018, 10:34 AM ]

Facts about the Rosary

Sir, With reference to the Editorial titled 'Rediscovering the Rosary' by Bishop Bosco Penha in THE EXAMINER dated Oct. 6, the word Rosary means rose garden, and the rosary beads are called counters, and its knotted prayer ropes go back to the Desert Fathers in the 3rd and early 4th centuries. The Rosary has been used for over 600 years.

Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists etc use their rosaries to say their prayers. The Feast of the Rosary is celebrated on October 7 on the anniversary of the victory of the Christians over the Turks in the battle of Lepanto.

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'The Wall'

Sir, Occasionally, stories from the Underground Catholic Church in China make it through the bamboo curtain to give us a glimpse of their valour and devotion. One I heard years ago was about a missionary who visited China, and stayed with a Catholic family in a rural area. In the middle of the night, he heard everyone moving around, and asked what was going on. "We are going to the Wall," they answered, and he accompanied them, as they crept out of the house, and made off across the fields to a clearing in a forest.

Many other people had gathered there, coming from all directions; some climbed trees and kept watch, in case anyone had been followed by the authorities. One person then approached an old wall (perhaps part of a derelict building) and removed a brick to reveal the Blessed Sacrament.

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Embracing the world in a network of charity

Sir, In the 19th century, there was social and political unrest. Agricultural workers were leaving their fields in search of jobs in large cities, where most found only unemployment, factories closed due to political conflict. Cholera broke out, and many workers died.

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East Indian culture is dying

Sir, After having discarded all East Indian customs and traditions, including the dialect as being too rustic for their more sophisticated and upwardly mobile lifestyles, the well educated and better placed EIs are now desperately trying to revive them, by using festivals like the 'Harvest Festival', donning the more inclusive title 'Thanksgiving day' (called 'aagera' in the EI dialect) to organise events showcasing the old EI way of life.

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