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Christmas Reflection

“Though Christ is born ten thousand times, a new despair, O Man, unless he is born in you.”

Christmas is the day we Christians all over the world commemorate the historical birth of Jesus Christ which took place 2001 years ago in the humble cow-shed at Bethlehem. In a very special way this feast is dear to us Franciscans, because, our founder St Francis of Assisi, who had a special love for Jesus, wanted to re-create this nativity scene of Bethlehem at Greccio in the year 1223. He invited all the friars and the villagers from the surrounding villages, to come with lighted lanterns and with their cattle to Greccio. Francis had prepared a manger with hay. When the people arrived, he asked them to bring the ox, donkey, and sheep, to the manger. During the Christmas Mass, Francis preached a delightful sermon. After the mass he went to the crib he had prepared for Baby Jesus. With great devotion he bent down at the crib, and lo and behold, to everyone’s amazement, they saw the Baby Jesus in the loving arms of Francis. The empty manger was now filled with the radiance of the new born King. The crowd who had gathered rejoiced at the divine experience and praised God for making the Baby Jesus alive to them. To this day, the villagers of Greccio celebrate this event with gaiety and gratitude to St Francis. The whole village is filled with cribs, at street corners, at window sills and at every turn on the road. The friary at Greccio has a permanent crib.

In our life too, every year this commemoration of God becoming man (Christmas) comes and goes. However, has this event made an impact on our life? Because, the Christmas seems an external celebration of Cribs, Carols, Cakes, Decorations etc. If Christmas is just considered as an external celebration, I think, the Shopping Malls in the city and the business streets are the best celebrators of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ. But, is this so? Christmas is all about Christ being born in us. God lies like a child in the stable. We ourselves are like a stable. Not everything in us is pure, and there is a bad smell. Much is in disarray. But still God searches humans who are sinners (Lk 5:32). God is seeking our consent to make everything new and good, genuine and unadulterated, so that the true image of God may unfold in our human faces. Both the Bible and Christian tradition seek to show us in ever new images what this mystery of the divine birth within us means. We cannot fully grasp this mystery. It wants to tell us that God is “Emmanuel” (God-is-with-us). Just like the awesome request to the virgin girl in Nazareth, the same request is made by God to incarnate himself in each of us. If he can find no place in us, then, as a medieval mystic wrote:

“Though Christ is born
ten thousand times,
a new despair,
O Man,
Unless He is born in you.”

So, may this birth of Jesus be yours during this Christmas and all through the New Year.

Br. Adarsh Y. OFM
St. Anthony’s Friary Bengaluru.

 

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI

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FRIARS' BIRTHDAY (May)

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Name of the Friars

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02

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

Solemn Vows

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2017

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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

06

Jayaseelan P.R.

Fulgence Ekka

Thaddeus Baxla

+ Leopold Vaz

Xavier Durairaj

Manoj Xalxo

Baikim Chadra Minj

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Ordination

Ordination

Home

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

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1997

1997

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2012

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Vincent Soosai

Salim Baxla

Augustine Tirkey

A.J.Mathew Joseph

Bipin Kishore Kandulna

Ushar Kachhua

Ordination

Ordination

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

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2011

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Julius Arul Rayan

Robin Lakra

Ajith Kerketta

Shanborlang Wartde

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

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2017

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Joy K.D.

Fabianus Toppo

Deen Dayal

Birth

Ordination

Birth

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+ Clement Griffith

Alwyn D’ Souza

Lourdu Augustine

Hemant Xess

Home

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Solemn Vows

Ordination

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2001

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Gabriel Mathias

Joseph Raj M.

Baptist D’ Souza

Praveen Henry D’ Souza

Salim Baxla

Ajit Kerketta

Anil Xalxo

Anil Xalxo

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2003

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Ignatius Baa

Fulgence Ekka

Jose Palimattom

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Salvador D’Souza

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Solemn Vows

Ordination

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Shaju Paliyathil

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Felix Vijay M.

Nijil Chiramel

Leos Ekka

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Simon A.

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Alwyn D’ Souza

Mukti Prakash Ekka

Fabianus Toppo

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2004

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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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2002

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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

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Balaswamy Gundiga

Benedict Gomes

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Dedication of the Basilica of St. Francis

Pradeep Kalliath

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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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Basil Lobo

Varghese Lakra

Solemn Vows

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Jerome Kispotta

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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Dayanand

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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

Marius Dahanga

Nichol John

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

Justin Savio A.

Felix A.

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Gregory Fernandes

Fidelis D’Lima

Agnel D’Mello

Augustine Pinto

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Salim Joseph

Nicholas D’Souza

James Kallarackan

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Scaria Varanath

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Dayanand

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Naveen George

Tony Marshall

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Baikim Chandra Minj

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