After the day's work yesterday, the provincial minister Br. John arumai gifted a day out to Kodaikanal, a famous hill station here in Tamilnad.....very beautiful hill station, very cold....today it was raining.....it takes three hours to reach on the top....on the way the South province of Mary Queen has a social centre called RTU...here there more than 1000 children....four friars working along with 300 hundred staff.....it is a noble work.....
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
The annual meeting was held today with all the capuchin provincials, custos and delegates and only one Conventual provincial. The absence of the other provincials of other franciscan families for successive two meetings was a point for our discussion. The president expressed that he would individually communicate to them.
Monday, August 29, 2016
some of us paid visit to Br. John Antony our ex-general councilor who is not keeping well....now is bouncing back to good health...he was happy to see us and he has the same smile and laughter....very positive of his good health....we spent some time to be with him....we travelled four hours up and down....
Saturday, August 27, 2016
I am on my way to Madurai via Bangalore.....the flight is delayed i don't know the reasons......so i have a lot of time...two hours of wait....great....i can do something worthwhile.....last evening i was with my friends for a dinner.....the friend of mine has a small business and he is doing well for himself...but generosity and love, charity and sharing is his mantra....he believes in sharing what he has.....he is a good Catholic....with a lovely son and wife....he shared with me while dinning and said that he learnt from one of his consultants who does not share his faith but believes and reads a lot about Jesus....this holy man said that thank the Lord for every moment and you will the wonders that God works in life....there is nothing that the Lord does not grant....but if we thank and express our gratitude he grants all......that you have a home, a shelter, a wife and children, bank balance etc...you have everything and still you are unhappy....he said then go to your window and look outside....you will find poor people....eating and drinking, sleeping....no proper shelter in summer, winter and monsoon.....yet they are happy......God has given us so much that we have no reason to be sad and unhappy.....the more we thank Him the more he pours His gifts on us.....every problem that we face we must first thank the Lord for having given us a little problem to worry about....not to blame and accuse anyone but to be with the problem....as you thank for it, the Lord then shows us the way to solve and overcome, he shows us the light to touch and feel the problems....he also leads us to those people who have more problems than us.....
The poor ones in their sickness and illness, they have no grantee of receiving good treatment as they cannot afford an expensive treatment.....they cannot be sure of their bank balance as they don;t have any bank accounts....some of them die due to non availability of funds to get treated.....the dead ones are carried on shoulders as it happened in Orissa.....the man could not afford a transport to carry the dead body ....so he carried the body....there are others who carry it on bi-cycles....but they do not complain....thank the Lord for what they have and receive....they are the most happiest people on earth....their smile is not plastic but real and genuine one....it comes directly from a contented and happy heart and soul.....on the streets of Mumbai....thousands sleep...no mosquitos and rats disturb them.....they sleep a million dollar sleep....rats play on their bodies yet they don't get disturbed.....morning they thank the Lord for that wonderful sleep which eludes from those who have good bed and beddings....till late night one is not able to sleep.....
Friday, August 26, 2016
This is Fr. Abel Thekekutt (86) who passed away last night at Assisi Ashram, Bharananganam on Sunday (28/08/2016) after a short illness. A great friar who has worked all over in our Capuchin Order. He was missionary in Tanzania, Malwai, South Africa, North India in Krist Jyoti Province, Nirmala Custody, Assam and Mary Matha, Andhra Pradesh. He has worked very hard in all these places. Even today people and friars who knew him do speak good about his missionary zeal. He was known to be a good formator too.
I first met him in the year 2007 in Assam Custody. He was then member of the Custody house. With smiling face he welcomed me and made me feel at home. Since then i had occasions to meet him every now and then. Last i met him was in Month of January 2016 in Kerala. He used to play shuttle cock every day in the evening with the friars. He was loved and admired by many friars especially by the students.
His funeral will be tomorrow at 02.00 PM at Assisi Ashram, Bharananganam.......Please pray for his departed soul...
A few moments of misunderstanding can create havoc and bring in a lot of poison in human relationships, which sometimes may be difficult to restore to its original status. There are friendships, families, companies and even religious communities which have experienced this poison of misunderstanding leading to destruction of joy and happiness once enjoyed by all. It causes break of relationship, makes one to go far away from the loved one. There are people who have been frustrated due to the misunderstanding. One is at loss as how to resolve misunderstanding which keeps growing if not clarified and resolved in time. It even can hurt both the parties which creates a vacuum and pain in relationships
Sometimes misunderstanding is created due to non-listening to the concerned parties. It is spread due to fabrication of the facts which are not listened to by the parties. It is always good to clarify it by coming together and putting across the table. When there is a misunderstanding it is always good not to listen to 3rd party who could exaggerate and even add thing which are not part of the misunderstanding existing between two parties. One could do this to further complicate the relationships between two parties. Misunderstanding makes the parties to forget a lot of goodness which exists and which could be a source of resolving the misunderstanding. One moment of misunderstanding can destroy a sea of goodness. The honesty and truth that once enjoyed by the parties begins to disappear due to misunderstanding. It could destroy a well settled married life and can bring in a lot of pain and suffering. It is best to speak clearly and genuinely about the matters that leads to misunderstanding. Sometimes due to lack of courage we keep postponing misunderstanding which could be difficult to handle once significant time passes by.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
I woke up yesterday with the news of Earthquake in Italy. I was sad and disturbed to hear. Definitely many lives have been lost. It happens every now and then. One fine morning we hear about the sad Earthquake that takes place in some part of the world. We express solidarity and offer prayers for the victims. Some of us might send some monetary help beyond that we don’t do anything special because it has happened to someone else. These are natural disasters over which we don’t have any control. But we have to accept that human beings have to accept that the creator God s the mighty and supreme. He is the one who has control over the entire universe and in humility we have to accept and respect him. We have to keep in mind that we might progress in our research and development, science and technology but we cannot conquer Him. He is to be respected and accepted in the Nature and Universe.
We are helpless before this mighty God. When these natural calamities take place we are nothing but small creatures. We have to depend on him. Everything has limits and we must not cross those limits. Science and Technology might give us some answers but not all and full answers, we should go beyond, we need to respect the mandate of God. That is why the encyclical of Pope Francis is so very important for us to read and live it. The power of the Earth and nature are much more powerful than all our inventions and technology. We should not boast in our advancements in many fields. All these great researches should not make us to feel that we are powerful than God. We need to humble ourselves before the Lord, and consider these disasters as merciful reminders, and sufferings as opportunities to turn to our spirits and look up things beyond ourselves. May the Lord abound His mercy and grace upon us. Let us
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
But “not so with the bad servant. . . . He will dismiss that servant and deal with him as with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Mt 24: 51)
Monday, August 22, 2016
Being in Goa and close to Br. Clayton's house...decided to visit his ailing Mother....she is fine now and moving around......it was a nice drive of 30 minutes from the Provincial Curia....it is green and water all over...