en-us Don Bosco India SpeakUp in Province : 'Hyderabad' Classification : 'All' http://www.donboscoindia.com Copyright 2005 All rights reserved Thu, 19 Sep 2019 06:28:31 +0000India Standard Time kjlouis@gmail.com Don Bosco india http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/images/toplogo1.gif http://www.donboscoindia.com/ 255 41 Visit http://www.donboscoindia.com http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=5.0&articleid=209 Planting seeds of Leadership I am Katherine Christy, a visitor from the US, at Don Bosco Navajeevan, Ramanthapur (Hyderabad). Here`s my viewpoint of a rather enriching day involving children engaged in making the world a better place through their membership in the Human Rights Clubs. 27 April 2015 marked the conclusion of the Human Rights Clubs summer camp for Government school children hosted by PARA (People`s Action for Rural Awakening) and partnered by Don Bosco Mondo. In the past year, PARA has initiated 428 human rights clubs spread across 7 districts in 366 state run schools of the two states for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. There is total membership of 20,259 students in the clubs. http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=5.0&articleid=190 Salesian Lay Brothers` Congress 2014: Holiness as Partnership Jai Ho! Salesian Brothers` Congress is yet here again, with the usual panoply and fanfare? Perhaps, No. I noticed something different from the conventional, this time over, about the Congress. To start with, there is something fascinating with the theme appearing on the Logo: ``Salesians, be Holy.`` It gives me a hunch that the forthcoming Congress is not going to be a predictable copybook repeat, with the customary ingredients of Brochure, Beverage, Tour, T-Shirt and Topi, smacking of a corporate mega-show. I have a feeling from within, that this Congress is going to break new ground. A Paradigm Shift is on the horizon, in the way, the Brothers` Congress has been imagined and going to be executed, with also a Survey on Salesianity, served, as we were running up to the Congress. http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=5.0&articleid=105 Vote for vote sake (the Pulse of India) For the first time in the democratic history of India after independence, the Indian citizens have become aware of the Right to Vote. This is indeed a happy sign, a progressive note in the thinking pattern of Indian folk. Watching the television channels and reading the newspapers before the elections, I got an over all impression that for the first time ever, there has been a great move in Indian citizens to exercise their right to vote. Thanks to many organizations who are instrumental in achieving this cause. http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=5.0&articleid=103 Walking an Extra Mile... Recently once traveling in the train, I have come across a situation where the aspect of spirituality was put to question. I happened to witness a situation where an youngster took out his laptop and started showing a few film clippings to his nephew and niece who were with him(I only heard them calling him Uncle). After a couple of minutes, in my curiosity, I too became a viewer of the same since being in the same berth. As we were lost in watching, a boy aged around twelve came begging. At the first instance, none of us paid attention. As the boy pestered asking for some money, the youngster got annoyed and chased him. As I got diverted from watching, I happened to see the boy in his misery, both the legs swollen. He dragged himself from our coach to the next with great difficulty. It was only later, that I realized the boy had no more strength to walk and fallen asleep near the toilets. This incident triggered in me a sense of being one with those in need. Though, I myself never bothered in the beginning, later, the thought kept ringing in my mind. http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=5.0&articleid=98 Renounce to Regain (Spirituality of Lent) The season of Lent, a season of Grace is at our spiritual door step again. The aftermath of the financial breakdown and the bankruptcy of the entire world economy make rather a meaningful reflection as we go to begin the season of Lent. Holy Mother the Church invites all of us to rethink of our spiritual lives and calls us to a life of renunciation during the season of Lent. http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=5.0&articleid=94 Is your Hope still Alive? ``How shall we greet one another as 2009 dawns? `May you not fall a victim of a terrorist attack!` `May God protect you from the dangers of a living place like Kandhamal!` `May you be safe in a hospital!` `May God protect you in a train station!` Strange as it may sound, another wish or greeting too sounds appropriate: `May God protect us from our media!` (New Leader, January 1-15, 2009) http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=5.0&articleid=86 Conversion as change of heart <b>My conversion was not a change of religion; it was a change of heart.</b> That`s the tagline of the article by Anand Mahadevan (editor of Outlook Business) in the Outlook magazine (October 27, 2008 p. 30). <b>We often talk and `fight` for our Church and religion but do we dare stand by the person of CHRIST (privately and in public)?</b> http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=5.0&articleid=73 ``THAT WE MAY BE ONE`` Hyderabad 08, Sept 2008: The situatoin of the victims of communal violence in Orissa seems to be brightening. Two weeks of restless violence made the Christians and the missionaries to flee to the forests for shelter. The return journey to their homes seems to be rather slow when compared to the speed of their flight to the forests. The assasination of Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswathi resulted in the vandalisation of the churches, property and loss of so many innocent lives. http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=5.0&articleid=71 We shall overcome Hyderabad, August 28: God Bless Orissa! These are the words that are flowing from the hearts of the people. The communal violence has taken a cruel shape. Exactly, eight months ago, Kandhamal district in Orissa experienced violence. It was just a day after Christmas. That was the first episode. Right now, eight months after, its not only Kandhamal but entire Orissa is buring in the flames of communal violence that shattered the situation of Christians in Orissa. Right now, our only prayer is ``God Bless Orissa`` with a hope that ``We shall overcome.`` http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=5.0&articleid=70 Cheers to China The Beijing Olympic curtian is ready to close within a couple of days. Beijing has once again proved that the world is not satisfied with the already existing records. Hence, a gallore of records in the sports field were wiped away as the atheletes set new ones and made history. At this point of time, it may be right to thank Beijing ``Bird`s Nest`` for its ever growing spirit, making the motto of the Olympics `faster, higher, stronger` a lived reality today. http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=5.0&articleid=69 The (f)utility of a World Youth Day... Much has been spoken and broadcasted about the World Youth Day that was held in Sydney a while ago. I wonder if much has been DONE - or will be done - as an offshoot of the World Youth Day. I agree I`ve not really followed it up day by day or have been involved in events leading up to this international event... however, I have my own reservations about the whole fanfare! http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=5.0&articleid=44 He has the CHARISMA... Fr Pascual Chavez is the one truly carved out for the job at hand! He certainly has the charisma that draws one to himself and beyond.