A Jesuit-run Catholic school in Jharkhand was devastated last week by a crowd of 500 people, presumed radical Hindu nationalists, and no one intervened to bring the culprits to justice
The incident was denounced by Fr. Thomas Kuzhively, secretary of the institute, who yesterday released an official statement condemning the inertia of government authorities. The school is the St. John Berchmans Inter College of Mundli and is run by the Jesuits of the Dumka-Raiganj province. The priest complains: “Everything is destroyed. We can’t reopen college “.
The school leadership appeals to the governor of Jharkhand, the Chief minister and the presidents of the National Commission for Human Rights and the National Commission for Minorities. The incident took place last September 3, in a long sequence of discriminatory acts against the state’s Christian minority.
What the Filipino Church will celebrate in 2021 is not colonialism but 500 years of Christian faith, which “the natives of these islands welcomed as a gift, albeit from people who were not necessarily motivated by the purest of motives,” writes Mgr Pablo Virgilio Siongco David (pictured), Bishop of Kalookan and vice president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
Two days ago, Mgr David did not mince his words in his response to Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte. On Friday, the latter had criticised the celebrations for the important anniversary. “Why would I give something for the celebration?” Duterte said. “When Magellan came here, he brought the cannon and the cross,” Duterte said. “But because the cross is there, the natives immediately embraced them,” he added.
The bishop points out that the natives did not equate Christianity with colonialism. Instead, “Our own ancestors were intelligent enough to accept what was good and reject what was evil”. In fact, “At some point, the faith that they had embraced was no longer alien to them. It had succeeded in taking root on the fertile ground of our innate spirituality as a people.”
Read the full story here: http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Bishop-David-tells-Duterte-that-Christianity-is-not-colonialism-47952.html
“…Be careful when faced with this bitterness! Be careful!
The Lord is the first to tell you no! This is not the way to go. He is alive and he also wants you to be alive. He wants you to share all your gifts and charisms, all your dreams and your talents (cf. ibid., 1). The Lord calls each of us by name and says: Follow me! He does not call us to run after mirages, but to become missionary disciples here and now. He is the first to reject all those voices that would lull you to sleep, make you passive, numb and apathetic, and thus prevent you from seeking new horizons. With Jesus, there are always new horizons to be sought. He wants to change us and to make our lives a mission. But he tells us one thing: he tells us not to be afraid to get our hands dirty.
The Lord is not looking for lone adventurers. He gives us a mission, yes, but he does not send us out alone to the front lines….”
Read the Pope’s address to those present at the prayer vigil with young people during his trip in Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius (4 to 10 September 2019); http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2019/09/07/190907e.html
Can you be confident in God? I mean, so confident that you’re relaxed even while waiting for your prayers to be answered and for the crisis to pass and for your troubles to end? That’s my goal, too, but ohhh how hard it is to trust so much that we actually relax, huh?! I’m better at it now than I used to be, and I hope that I’m relaxed enough to be a good witness to those around me. But … I have to keep apologizing to our Lord for doubting his trustworthiness.
When someone doubts your trustworthiness, how do you feel? There’s a loved one in my life who refuses to believe he can trust me. Despite the evidence I give him, despite my reassurances, despite the wonderful experiences in our past relationship, he professes demonic lies about me. (Any lie is demonic, because it’s a slap in the face to the Spirit of Truth, i.e., the Holy Spirit. When lies are used to keep people apart, they are also anti-love, i.e., anti-Christ.)
Can you imagine how I feel as I long to give him my love but I’m unable to because he blocks it? Perhaps you’ve experienced the same longing. That’s how God feels when we lack confidence in him.
Every reason that seems to justify our lack confidence in God is demonic, because it’s a lie and it keeps us from entering into the fullness of his love. It holds us back from showing others that God is good. It robs us of the power to live victoriously. Satan is thrilled when Christians are disempowered.
The cure is to rest in the arms of Jesus. A prayer meditation about resting in the arms of Jesus melts our stress and causes us to relax. When we feel relaxed, it’s much easier to be confident in God.
~ Good News Ministries ~
Ferdinand III (Spanish: Fernando III), 1199/1201 – 30 May 1252 was born at the Monastery of Valparaíso (Peleas de Arriba, in what is now the Province of Zamora), son of Alfonso IX of León and his second wife Berengaria of Castile.
In 1217 Ferdinand became King of Castile, which crown his mother renounced in his favour, and in 1230 he succeeded to the crown of Leon, though not without civil strife, since many were opposed to the union of the two kingdoms. He took as his counsellors the wisest men in the State, saw to the strict administration of justice, and took the greatest care not to overburden his subjects with taxation, fearing, as he said, the curse of one poor woman more than a whole army of Saracens.
His devotion to the Virgin Mother of God was most tender, and he used to call Her, “My Lady”: in return, Mary Most Holy procured for him victory in all his battles, and kept away all pestilence and famine from the country during his entire reign, which, as his contemporary chroniclers observed, was an evident miracle, considering the circumstances of that period. A large picture of Our Lady was carried before him into battle, while a small picture of Our Lady was attached to his saddle. Read More »
by Eric Metaxas
Forty years ago, two human beings changed history by walking on the surface of the moon. But what happened before Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong exited the Lunar Module is perhaps even more amazing, if only because so few people know about it. “I’m talking about the fact that Buzz Aldrin took communion on the surface of the moon. Some months after his return, he wrote about it in Guideposts magazine.
And a few years ago I had the privilege of meeting him myself. I asked him about it and he confirmed the story to me, and I wrote about in my book Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (But Were Afraid to Ask).
The background to the story is that Aldrin was an elder at his Presbyterian Church in Texas during this period in his life, and knowing that he would soon be doing something unprecedented in human history, he felt he should mark the occasion somehow, and he asked his minister to help him. And so the minister consecrated a communion wafer and a small vial of communion wine. And Buzz Aldrin took them with him out of the Earth’s orbit and on to the surface of the moon.
He and Armstrong had only been on the lunar surface for a few minutes when Aldrin made the following public statement: “This is the LM pilot. I’d like to take this opportunity to ask every person listening in, whoever and wherever they may be, to pause for a moment and contemplate the events of the past few hours and to give thanks in his or her own way.” He then ended radio communication and there, on the silent surface of the moon, 250,000 miles from home, he read a verse from the Gospel of John, and he took communion.
Here is his own account of what happened: Read More »