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David Maria Selvam, Chennai says,
How many of us will score distinction?
By David Mariaselvam SDB
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Chennai, Jan. 4. Fourteen years of study, for the priests and religious ...What are we good at? Do we know our field of study? Do you know our major papers? What is our specialization?

One year of study fetches you a certificate in various disciplines and we call them as certificate courses including the degree for the bachelor of education. We get jobs and we begin to teach in schools.

Two years of study we get certificates in various technical studies, diploma courses, teachers training etc.

Three years of study we complete our under graduation and we call ourselves as degree holders and we know our subject well. We get selected in the campus interviews with the knowledge of the subjects.

Four years of study we get our degree in various types of engineering and we are immediately placed.

Five years of study you become a doctor and you know a lot of stuff about your specialization.

Six years of study we finish our M.Phil.

Seven years of study we get our PhD and we call ourselves as doctors.

Maximum we may study for ten years and we know in what we are specialized in.

Fourteen years of study, for the priests and religious ...What are we good at? Do we know our field of study? Do you know our major papers? What is our specialization?

Do we study so many years to just manage only a few institutions?

Are we specialized in only looking after a parish?

Do we become competent only in running a youth centre?

Are we satisfied in just serving all our life as principals of institutions?

Is our field of study is just looking after some boys in the name of assistance?

We should honestly admit the fact that to do all these ministries we do not really need fourteen years that is double the duration required to acquire a PhD.

Our field of study is something more. All these ministries are branches of our specialization. Our specialization, field of study, discipline, and treatise should be Jesus Christ. But some of us may not even know our basic catechism. Many of us may struggle to say Ten Commandments in order. What is our knowledge about this person Jesus Christ? How deep is our relationship with this person Jesus Christ? Are we competent in this subject? If God is the field of study, our subject or the syllabus to be followed should be word of God. How many of us will clear this paper? If our answers to these questions are no, then we should wake up. We should do justice to our study.

By asking these questions as well as sharing these reflections, I do not mean that I am an exception. I raised these questions to myself first and I thought that it would be of some help those who read.

All the best to acquire distinction in our of field of study (Jesus Christ)


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