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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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FRIARS' BIRTHDAY (March)

Date

Name of the Friars

Events

Year

03

Bipin Kishore Kandulna

Birth

1990

04

Joy Prakash

Davis Kallookaran

Alphonse Moras

Simon Pinto

+ Alexis v. Leeuwen

Birth

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Home

1948

1978

1978

1978

1999

05

+ Bal Raj Madanu

Felix A

Home

Birth

2017

1998

09

Augustine Pinto

+ Gerald Scarisbrick

Sujit Ganji

Ordination

Home

Birth

1967

1980

1988

12

Abraham Vadana

Gerald Lobo

Paul K.L.

St.Thomas Province – INDIA

Avinash Kujur

Nichol John

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Erection

Birth

Birth

1977

1977

1977

1985

1995

1992

13

Eugene A.

Samson

Tommy T.J.

Birth

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

1984

1985

1985

14

Jayapal Dwarakonda

Flame,Dindigul

Birth

Blessing

1979

2009

16

Joseph Raj

Birth

1987

17

Basil Tirkey

Birth

1984

18

Johnvinzen Lyngdoh

Birth

1987

19

James N.

Chinnappan M. Devaraj

Ordination

Ordination

1994

1994

20

+ Sylvester Dias

Felix Gassam

Trevor D’ Souza

Home

Ordination

Ordination

1979

1993

1993

21

+ Joseph Dias

Home

2002

22

Bobby V.T.

Birth

1963

23

James Kallarackan

Charles Mathew Kolanchery

Joy Prakash Kuzhiparambil

Bhatkal Friary – In Perpetum

+ Oswald Dijkstra

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Acceptance

Home

1974

1974

1974

1989

2006

24




25

Lawrence Simon

Arok Sundar Sebastian

Dharma L. Bernard

Charles Bernard

Amaldas Belevendran

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

1979

1979

1979

1993

1995

26

Santosh Ekka

Birth

1978

27

Babu Jose Pamplany

Birth

1966

28

Ajit Kumar Dung Dung

Birth

1977

30

Paul Kallan

Birth

1961

31

Sagaya Soosairaj A.

Ordination

1997