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Walk with the Lord

Walk with the Lord, Talk with the Lord!

The Easter Event, namely the Resurrection, is so huge and unique that it is impossible to fully grasp it with our human mind. I remember the story told of St Augustine, who was walking on the sea shore trying to understand the mysteries of God. He saw a young boy on the sea shore, who had made a hole in the sand and was running to the ocean to pick up some water in a coconut shell and running back to pour it into that hole. He was constantly running back and forth. Augustine called out to the boy and asked him, what are you doing? The boy replied, I am trying to empty the ocean into the hole I made. What, that is impossible? The boy turned back and told Augustine, do you then think it is possible with your little mind to understand and grasp the mystery of God!!!

There are two approaches that we can take when confronted with the event of the Resurrection, one: ‘oh, it is so difficult to understand and after all its a mystery, so let it be, we will just live our lives as best as possible”. The Second, the Resurrection is a mystery, in the sense, that there are white and grey and black areas. But it is not that we cannot understand something about it. St Paul himself teaches that God provides us an understanding of every mystery when he says, “I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery” (Rom 11:25), “With all wisdom and understanding, he has made known to us the mystery of his will” (Eph 1:8-9), also Eph 3:3-4, Col 1:26-27; etc. In Luke 24:25 we read, “Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.” Thus we need to take the second approach, to make every human effort to understand the “mysteries” of God, and when the time is ripe, “he will open our minds to understand”.

We must look at our Christian lives as a “journey” on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35). They were two of them (always walk in the company of fellow disciples);
They were talking and discussing about matters related to their faith (Jesus of Nazareth);
On the road, Jesus accompanied them, but they did not recognize him;
He entered into their discussion and began to explain to them about himself;
He accepted their invitation to “stay with us” for the evening;
He revealed his identity by signs (breaking of the bread, Eucharist), then they recognized him;
Their response, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
Having had such a great experience, of the Risen Lord, they walk all the way back to share the Good News with their companions.
Thus discipleship becomes an Emmaus Journey:
walking with the Lord,
talking with the Lord,
listening to the Lord,
discovering the Lord through signs and symbols of our faith,
allowing him to open our minds to a deeper understanding,
that our hearts may come to a stronger believing,
that what we understand and believe we will proclaim with our lips,
and do with our hands and feet!
Alleluia!!!
Br. Trevor D Souza OFM

 

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ST. FRANCIS

FRIARS' BIRTHDAY (December)

Date

Name of the Friars

Events

Year

02

St. Louis Friary – Palmaner

Fidelis D’ Lima

Foundation

Ordination

1949

1964

05

Abraham Vadana

Shaji Nicholas Vadachery

+ Valentine Crasta

Birth

Birth

Home

1946

1969

2011

06

Baptist D’ Souza

Birth

1975

07

+ Anthony’s Church - Bannur

Erection

1999

09

Anil Kerketta

Birth

1980

11

Richard D’Silva

+ Agnel D’ Mello

Ordination

Home

1960

2013

13

Vincent Soosai

Varghese Sebastian

Scaria Varanath

Thomas M.M.

Dayanand

Anand Suresh Minj

Nideesh M. John

Birth

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Birth

Birth

1970

1975

1975

1975

1975

1987

1993

14

+ Titus Myppan

Home

2012

15

Gregory Fernandes

Ordination

1963

16

Paul K.L.

Assisi Sadan - Nagpur

Birth

Foundation

1952

1993

17

Sidney Mascarenhas

Varghese Lakra

Ordination

Birth

1967

1977

18

Ajit Kerketta

Birth

1976

19

James Kallarackan

Friary Chapel – Palmaner

Birth

Blessing

1942

1967

21

Parish Church - Palmaner

Blessing

1964

22

Francis Agnelo Rozario

Birth

1966

24

Emmanuel Christopher

Birth

1992

25

Mukti P. Ekka

+ Celestine Reardon

+ Ambrose Staskunas

Birth

Home

Home

1973

1976

1986

26

Tony D’ Souza

+ Paschal Fernando

Birth

Home

1962

1994

27

Irudayaraj Fernando

Sahaya Dhas J.

Ordination

Ordination

2002

2013

28

Madhu Sudhan Reddy

Ordination

2015

29

Thumma Ranjith Kumar Reddy

Ordination

2015

30

+ Gratian McEvoy

Wilson Paul Nattalil

Stephen Lamin Gashnga

+ Kuriyan Joseph

Home

Ordination

Ordination

Home

1992

2003

2012

2015

31

Sleeva Reddy

Birth

1968