Friday, December 8, 2017

Two sessions animated by me on "Accompaniment and Franciscan Leadership"

 WHO ARE THE LIVING LEADERS?
A ture servant leader
Strong in spirit and faith
Collaborative
Informed
Open to learning
Communicative
Compassionate and fair
Commitment to the growth of others
Ethical worldview
Empowerment

 Friars listen.....with attention.....trying to find out which qualities they would like to possess....

 PEOPLE, HUNGRY FOR THE SPIRIT OF FRANCIS AND CLARE, ARE SEARCHING FOR WAYS TO IMMERSE THEMSELVES IN AND EXPRESS THE FRANCISCAN VALUES OF EVANGELICAL CONVERSION OF LIFE, PRAYERS, POVERTY AND HUMILITY, OUR RECONFIGURATION AS AN ORGANIZATION IS TO ENABLE US TO ENGAGE WITH EACH OTHER AND OUR ASSOCIATES AND CO-WORKERS IN NEW WAYS TO LIVE THOSE VALUES IN OUR WORLD TODAY




Thursday, December 7, 2017

Happy Feast of Immaculate BVM - Fifth Day of Seminar for formators

 Br. Charles celebrated the Holy Eucharist....preached a meaningful homily




 Dearest Mother my Queen, I gaze upon the beauty and holiness of you who, though a mere creature, are perfect in every way. You have been granted this singular and gratuitous grace from God with which you perfectly cooperated. May I always rely upon your motherly love and care and may I always allow you to bestow the grace of God upon me in accord with the Father’s plan. You, dearest mother, are a gratuitous gift of Mercy to us all! Mother Mary, I love you. Pray for me. Jesus, I trust in You.



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Formators Listen, speak and Discuss!!!!!

The third Day we spent listening, discussing about the Franciscan way of Discernment and accompaniment in the formation houses....What is Franciscan Discernment? How it is different from the other Religious congregations? Francis consulted individual friars and even Clare when he had to take a decision.....he discerned along with the community....he took time to be alone in silence, prayer and meditation.....The Biblical men and women did the same......For Francis Jesus was the great model for Discernment......
The positive type: most of the qualities expected of a priest are found in them. Being authentic to their words and deeds they try to live their vocation faithfully. They see an unwavering commitment to the mission of the Lord as the sole purpose of their existence. Looking at their life people come to believe that God is still actively present in this world. These are the ones who manifest a compassionate face of the Church to the world. The focus of their life is God and they are confident that nothing happens in their life without God’s knowledge. About them Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth and light of the world”. They are the true ‘good shepherds’. This is the type projected in vocation promotion camps, in documents and seminars on priesthood. However, they are becoming a minority today.
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 The negative type: Frustrated, inhuman, discontented, crabby, spiteful, aggressive – one may use many more similar adjectives to describe this type. They fear neither God nor human persons. People often don’t understand why these people chose to be priests. Fortunately, they are not many, though the antagonists of the Church find enough of them to vitiate her name.
 The ‘hired-man’ type: The majority of today’s priests seem to belong to this type. They appear to be happy and content in their vocation. They may perform liturgical rites with great perfection, may give wonderful sermons on the love of God and may exhort people on social justice and compassion towards the needy. But they themselves may not take seriously what they preach. One may even find a great chasm between their words and deeds. If people come closer to them and happen to know their lifestyle people may get confused and scandalized. They often fall prey to the lures of power, prestige and wealth. Not the mission but their own comfortable existence becomes their main concern.
 They may make use both the spiritual and temporal powers and structures of the Church to safeguard their personal agenda. They may prefer keeping themselves away from getting involved in social issues and taking any stance as it would disturb their peace and solace. Pastorally, Jesus’ metaphor of the ‘hired man’ who care little for the sheep may fit well for this type. But they succeed in projecting an impressive image in public.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Friars recreate!!!!!Happily mingle!!!!!

A long day with talks and discussions....friars recreate with some funny games....everyone participates.....

 Jinto conducts the games....inviting to freak out......everyone wanting to relax......sing....laugh ...make fun......

 The friars play the game of picking up straws and placing them into the hair.....they had to pick up the straws with mouth....bring them from a short distance....place them into the hair....very interesting one.....on friar managed as many as 32 straws....

 Swallowing a thread attached with a candy......many struggled but three managed after pretty long time


The Need of good formators!!!!!!!!

Someone said that today there are more formators than the formees....it may be true.....why is it so? The fact of having big number of formators does it mean that they are all apt and adequate persons to form the formess? If they are there then why good formation is not taking place? why there are so many young seminarians and professed and even ordained leaving their commitment. I don't blame those who form but we could reflect and find out the reasons. It could be that we don't have the right men as formators. The Church invests hugely in the formation. It is well organized and planned but the question is are those who are forming have qualities and aptitude for forming...

 In my presentation some challenges today in the Formation:
       A. The eternal Paradox of the Ideal and the Real
       B.God Experience
       C.Mere functionaries or Men of vision and Mission
       D.The changing cultural scenario
       E.Academic decline or Faulty methodology
       F.Too much of Pastoral involvement in formation
       G. Developing human resours. Cant solve problems

 I presented a power point on the changing scenario in the Capuchin Order.....the statistics.....

 The friars had some questions......the process of Ratio Formationis was explained to them by Charles
 Some brain storming games were conducted by Charles to make the participants to relax....

Monday, December 4, 2017

Be Minor, Be Little like little Children........


🔹Jesus had a deep sense of Gratitude towards His Heavenly Father n Great sense of Joy n Enthusiasm towards Kingdom of God. In Jesus life He had His own struggles, such as criticism, rejection, false accusations n so on...but none of dis could stop Him to Rejoiced in the Spirit n Praised His Father. What about me..🔹Am I often spending my days in sadness n complaint?? 🤔
👉🏻Let's learn to count our many Blessings which He has showered upon us.. 👉🏻Let's us learn to imitate our Master Jesus Christ who constantly n persistently "REJOICED" in the "SPIRIT"
Good Morning🙏🏻
God Bless You💐







 This morning Eucharistic celebration......


Animation `Course for the Formators of CCMSI, Guwahati, Assam


 The International formation council is organizing this animation for formators and other friars as on going formation course.....there are 38 friars from different provinces and custodies....

 The friars are young and full of life....
 Br. Mathew, Custos of Assam Custody is welcoming all the participants .......
 Yesterday evening we had inaugural session....Br. Charles Alphonso....welcomed all of them....I delivered a key note address....the goal and purpose of this course.....Br. Joaquim Hanglao from the Curia is also one of the animators for the course.....

 Then Br. Charles discussed the program with the participants .....some duties and responsibilities for the next two weeks were shared by the friars..

 Yesterday evening we prayed together for the success of this course.....

 The City of Guwahati.....full of life.....traffic .....but life goes on....winter is setting in....