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Feast of St Clare

St. Clare of Assisi! What draws me personally to St. Clare? It is her valiant and determined personality. As I was reading the life of St. Clare again, I was once again inspired by her grit and determination. The family had plans for St. Clare. However, God has other plans for St. Clare. When forced to return to her paternal home, St. Clare literally clung to Jesus grabbing the Altar with her hands.

St. Clare’s determination is evident when she held her breath to stay alive until she obtained the privilege of absolute poverty. She desired with all her heart to remain a “Poor Clare” of Assisi. St. Clare writes in her Testament, “...Time and again we willingly bound ourselves to our Lady, most holy Poverty, that after my death, the sisters, those present and those to come, would never turn away from her.”

St. Clare was a woman of superior discernment. She realized she was called to be a little plant, nourished and cared by Brother Francis. She therefore moved from the Benedictine Monastry to embrace the Gospel way of life in spirit and letter. She sought the Pope's blessings for this way of life. It was a cloistered way of life but the sisters were not wealthy property owners. She writes in her Testament, “But if, for the integrity and privacy of the monastery, it becomes necessary to have more land beyond the limits of the garden, no more should be acquired than strict necessity demands. This land should not be cultivated or planted but always remain untouched and undeveloped. ” St. Clare encouraged seeking alms and in this way the sisters sought the poor crucified. Poverty, as I understood today from a short sharing by Rev Timothy Khoo, is all about not wanting to have even when it is available. ...it's the practice of saying NO to all that is possible. Poverty is to feel the value of each and every aspect of life both physical and spiritual.

St. Clare writes in her testament, “For the Lord himself has placed us not only as a form for others in being an example and mirror, but even for our sisters whom the Lord has called to our way of life as well, that they in turn might be a mirror and example to those living in the world. Since the Lord has called us to such great things that those who are to be a mirror and example to others may be be reflected in us, we are greatly bound to bless and praise God and be all the more strengthened to do good in the Lord. Therefore, if we live according to the form mentioned above, we shall leave others a noble example and gain, with very little effort, the prize of eternal happiness.”

St. Clare used the metaphor of Mirror to speak about the spiritual life. Using this metaphor, St. Clare invites Agnes into contemplation: reflect on the infancy and poverty of Jesus, to consider holy humility and to contemplate the perfect charity and immense love that Jesus shows for us on the Cross. St. Clare felt that a life well lived by imitating the saviour was the best way to evangelize. In this way one becomes a mirror. But this is to be done first of all within the Monastery. The sisters and in our context the friars should live an edifying life in which they show one another as the mirror of Christ. In the words of Pope Francis, we become joyful witnesses of the Gospel. St. Clare while blessing her sisters insists that they remain “eager to observe what you have promised the Lord .”

This quotation caught my eyes in the San Damiano Retreat Centre here in Singapore which is originally inscribed in the hermitage at Naples: “Transform your entire being into the image of the Godhead itself through contemplation.”

I extend my best wishes on the Feast of St Clare with these words of St. Clare’s Blessing: “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He show His face to you and have mercy on you. May He turn HIs countenance to you and give peace to you, my sisters and daughters, and to all other who come and remain in your company and to others both now and in the future, who have persevered until the end in every other monastery of the Poor Ladies.”

Br Praveen Henry D Souza

The Minister Provincial

 

 

 

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FRIARS' BIRTHDAY (May)

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Name of the Friars

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Arulsamy A.

Mesia Elias Moses M.

Arvind Kerketta

Benedict Gomes

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

1991

1999

2005

2008

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Charles Arulanandam

Alwyn D’ Souza

Birth

Ordination

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2006

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Davis Kallookaran

Tommy T.J.

Arockiasamy P.

Thomas Manakuzhiyil

Saji P. Mathew

Arun Devasia Nattalil

Roshan Lobo

Francis Michael Velcy Barreto

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Birth

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

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Mathew Koottumkal

Jesu Maharajah G.

Peter Saleth Nathan J.

Andrew Thomas

Ordination

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Birth

1999

2010

2010

1997

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Jayaseelan P.R.

Fulgence Ekka

Thaddeus Baxla

+ Leopold Vaz

Xavier Durairaj

Manoj Xalxo

Baikim Chadra Minj

Birth

Ordination

Ordination

Home

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

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Vincent Soosai

Salim Baxla

Augustine Tirkey

A.J.Mathew Joseph

Bipin Kishore Kandulna

Ushar Kachhua

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Julius Arul Rayan

Robin Lakra

Ajith Kerketta

Shanborlang Wartde

Ordination

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Joy K.D.

Fabianus Toppo

Deen Dayal

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Ordination

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+ Clement Griffith

Alwyn D’ Souza

Lourdu Augustine

Hemant Xess

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Gabriel Mathias

Joseph Raj M.

Baptist D’ Souza

Praveen Henry D’ Souza

Salim Baxla

Ajit Kerketta

Anil Xalxo

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Fulgence Ekka

Jose Palimattom

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Salvador D’Souza

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Shaju Paliyathil

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Felix Vijay M.

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Leos Ekka

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Alwyn D’ Souza

Mukti Prakash Ekka

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Simon Pinto

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+ Egbert Barnes

Jerome Kispotta

Prasad Papabathuni

Joy K.D.

Naveen George

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Peter Shashikanth Reddy G.

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Anthony Pushparaj

Arokiam John

Charles Arulanandam

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Bryan Carneiro

Arvind Kerketta

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Shaji Nicholas Vadachery

Jugal Kishore Lakra

Ordination

Solemn Vows

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Bernardine of Siena

Pradeep Kalliath

Matthew Koottumkal

Jayaseelan P.R.

Jamesmon P.C.

Thomas A.

Joy Valooran

Sushil Beck

Joy (George) Sebastian

Xavier Durairaj

Santosh Ekka

John Sekar

Alangara Boniface

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Sandesh Manuel

Balaswamy Gundiga

Benedict Gomes

Vijay kAmirtharaj A.

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Dedication of the Basilica of St. Francis

Pradeep Kalliath

Feast


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Sleeva Reddy

Vincent Soosai

Matthew Koottumkal

Johnson M.V.

Shaji Nicholas Vadachery

Joy Valooran

Tojy Mandapathil

Mesia Elias Moses M.

Anthony Roobandass A.

Arokiam John

Charles Arulanandam

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Varghese Lakra

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Fulgence Ekka

Cajetan Lourenco

Francis Agnelo Rozario

Sagaya Soosairaj

Singarayar A.

Prasad Papabathuni

Thaddeus Baxla

Joy K.D.

Assisi Bhavan, Chippilithode

Phyrnai Lyngdoh

Madhu Sudhan Reddy

Deen Dayal

Nathaniel vTirkey

Jesu Raja A.

Johnvinzen Lyngdoh

Teiborlang Wartde

Rajasekhar Reddy Gopu

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Paul Kallan

John Chrysostom

Regi Matthew

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Fidelis D’ Lima

Augustine Pinto

Sidney J.M.

Nicholas D’ Souza

James Kallarackan

Charles Mathew Kolanchery

Joy Prakash

Gabriel Mathias

Amaladass Manickam

Jayaseelan P.R.

Jamesmon P.C.

Thomas A.

Tom John

Arockiasamy P.

Cajetan Lourenco

Francis Agnelo Rozario

Sagaya Soosairaj

Singarayar A.

Irudayaraj Fernando

Austin Francis

Mukti Prakash Ekka

Francis Xavier

Wilson Paul Nattalil

Basil S. Lobo

Thomas M.J.

Julius Arul Rayan

Alwyn D’Souza

Sushil Beck

Saji P. Mathew

Lourdu Augustine

Shaju Paliyathil

Bryan Carneiro

Ignatius Baa

Regi Matthew

Bhaskar Reddy

Tomy Palackal

Benjamin Jojo

Joseph Raj M.

Baptist D’ Souza

Anthony Alex Martis

Jugal Kishore Lakra

Anthony Pushparaj

Praveen Henry D’ Souza

Michael Anand

Kulandaisamy M.

Arvind Kerketta

Hemant Xess

Pradeep Kalliath

Anthony Roobandass

Arun Junes A.

Balaswamy Gundiga

Robin Lakra

Arokiam John

Charles Arulanandam

Sandesh Manuel

Benedict Gomes

Vijay Amirtharaj A.

Salim Baxla

Ajit Kumar Dung Dung

Francis Xavier

Thomas M.J.

Saji P. Mathew

Joy (George) Sebastian

Xavier Durairaj

Varghese Lakra

Santosh Ekka

Salvador D’Souza

John Sekar

Ajit Kerketta

Anil Xalxo

Simon A.

Naveen George

Lalith Kujur

Tony Marshall

Vijay Minj

Manoj Xalxo

Baikim Chandra Minj

Prashanth Wilson Fernandes

Jesu Maharaja G.

Peter Saleth Nathan J.

Prem Kumar D’ Souza

Stephen Lamin Gashnga

Jayapal Dwarakonda

Joseph Stephen

Vinoth Robin

Sahaya Dhas J.

Praveen Roshan Toppo

Felix Vijay

Eugene A.

Jeddu Praveen Chinna Reddy

Nijil Chiramel

Joseph Prasanna Kumar

Pasala Showri Raju

Christopher

Phyrnai Lyngdoh

Basil Tirkey

Vinod Kujur

Madhu Sudan Reddy

Francis Arokiasamy M.

Thumma Ranjith Kumar Reddy

Deen Dayal

Prashanth Wilson Fernandes

Nathaniel Tirkey

+ Valerian Quadros

Jesu Raja A.

Johnvinzen Lyngdoh

Teiborlang Wartde

Shanborlang Wartde

Rajasekhar Reddy Gopu

Augustine Tirkey

A.J.Mathew Joseph

Bipin Kishore Kandulna

Arun Devasia Nattalil

Roshan Lobo

Ushar Kachhua

Salvador Drego

Anand Suresh Minj

Emmanuel Christopher N.

Anto Leo

Martin Sangma

Clinton J.

Nideesh M. John

Albinus Ekka

Prasad Rao

Kasu Eliyas Reddy

Stephen Arun

Thomas Kiren

Vineet Kerketta

Silash Panna

Nicolas Marak

Adarsh Y.

Deepak Kumar

Rajesh Praveen Kumar

Avinash Kujur

Alphone Velankanni

Abhishek M.

Anmol Bara

Akshay Showry Raj

Ejekial Lakra

Francis Michael Velcy Barretto

Henry Jose

Ibrahim G Momin

Joseph Raj

Kalyan Kurmar

Manish Ekka

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Ravi Bara

Salun Kispotta

Sujit Ganji

Alangara Boniface

Anthony Joseph archer

Pradeep Anthony L.

Jacob Tani

Gali Bal Reddy

T.S Leo Max

Joseph Kishan

Niranjan Toppo

Peter Shashikanth Reddy G.

Ankit Kumar Baghel

Niraj Kumar Tirkey

Nelson Toppo

Avinash Toppo

Andrew Thomas

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Fidelis D’Lima

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Augustine Pinto

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Salim Joseph

Nicholas D’Souza

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Scaria Varanath

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Naveen George

Tony Marshall

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