GONVLLEACHO SONDEX – JAN 2023

Mogall Firgozkaramno,
2023 Novem voros suru zata mhollear soglle vatten umed ani kuxalkai. Hea vorsa odik kuxalkai asunk karann, fattlim don vorsam Covid-ak lagun roddun ani bhieun dis sarle. Kitem zatelem ani koxe dis sartele mhonn dubhav ietalo. Punn atam sogllem somadhan zaun kuxal zaunk soglleank purtem karann asa.

Adlea Korarant thodde pavtt pidda rog ieun ani chodd pavtt dusream desanche raza akromonn korun rajeank/porjek nirvaxi korun vhortale. Tankam pidda-pidd ditale. Dev ani devosponn korunk sot’tea legun tankam dinaasle. Oxem astanam porza roddun Devak ulo martali ani Dev tanchea uleak kan diun adharak ietalo. Tankam soddoitalo. Hi porza kuxal zaun aplea ganv-ghora vochun Devak dhinvastalo ani bhetto bhettoitalo. Read more

Editorial – January 2023

We are all enjoying the festive and wonderful season of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. I do sincerely hope that you all had a blessed and a memorable Christmas with your family and friends. We now look forward to the coming year 2023.

A quick reflection over the key happiness and events that shook the world in the recent past it occurred to me that in all the scenarios there is one thing in common, the never-ending ‘uncertainty’. The year 2022, witnessed several leaps and bounds of uncertainty, we would have not ever thought or imagined. We started the year with the relentless and endless pandemic, COVID-19, with its countless variants playing havoc with the population, claiming a million lives worldwide. The latter half of the year saw the pandemic receding behind curtains and bringing relief and jubilation. The Russia –Ukraine war and the resulting oil crisis went on to have a ripple effect on the world economy. So many countries are going through bad times and the current economic situation creating a constant doubt or fear of a recession in 2023. It’s an uncertain future. Is this the new way of living our lives? We need to reflect and debate this issue as we journey through the course of our lives. More often than ever, we wake up in the morning, eat, go to work, come home, again eat, sleep, repeat and the cycle becomes a monotonous routine. Some of us have even forgotten the reason for our existence. As we depart from this year to the next, let us usher in 2023 with renewed hope and total faith in the Almighty. New year – a new chapter, new verse, full of dreams and resolutions. Ultimately we are the ones who write it. The choice is ours. Read more

ST. JOHN BOSCO

I was an avid reader of the Don Bosco Madonna which we received every month. So in order to write this article on ‘ST. JOHN BOSCO’, I pondered on his life expecting to know a lot, but soon realized I knew nothing about him except his passionate love and care for the young boys of his days, who were orphans, homeless, lost and therefore rather rough for want of a proper upbringing.

I googled ‘St. John Bosco’ and was delighted to find different sources of his amazing life story, so full of love, humility and simplicity. For want of space it cannot be fully reproduced here. I list below, just a few details on the life of St. John Bosco. Read more

The Renewed Paul

“Paul, Paul, why do you persecute me?” Paul who was persecuting the Christians encountered Jesus for the first time and that was it, He changed his entire life for Christ. From that moment on, he was a new person he decided never again will he trouble the Christians but instead will proclaim the good word to others. The conversion of Paul gives us three points to ponder upon.

1. Encounter with Jesus: Paul truly encountered Jesus even though he was not at all ready for it; however God had a plan for Paul. We might say to our self “Wow I, wished I too could have a true encounter with Jesus and my life would be transformed”. We all are more fortunate to encounter Jesus daily through the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Communion but alas so casual is our life that we ignore the presence of Jesus in there. Only if we had understood and felt the living Jesus therein Holy Communion than our life would have transformed like Paul’s. Read more

St. Francis de Sales – A man consumed with love of God

“The measure of love is to love without measure”, the quote of St. Francis de Sales – reputed writer, preacher and debater of the Catholic faith underlines his motto, “He who preaches with love, preaches effectively.”
Sales acknowledged God’s measureless love and call to love others.
God’s sacrifice of His only son to save humankind is our best gift, he believed. Read more

Republic day of India

History and Significance:
The Constitution, one of the longest and most detailed in the world established India as a democratic republic and Union of States. The constitution of India was adopted on 26th November, 1949 with Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar as the chairman of the Drafting Committee. It came into full effect only on 26th January in 1950. To commemorate this event, India celebrates the Republic Day every year as a National holiday with great gratification, zeal and enthusiasm. The reason for implementing the constitution on January 26, was that it was this very day in 1930 when the Indian National Congress revealed Purna Swaraj, the declaration of India’s Independence from the colonial rule. Though India became Independent on August 15, 1947, it was not complete independence as India was declared a constitutional Monarchy under King George VI with Lord Mountbatten as the Governor General. The Country officially came to be known as Republic of India – a “Sovereign Socialist Secular Democratic Republic” that secures all its citizens justice, liberty, equality and fraternity” according to its preamble. Read more

Battling the Winter Cold and Flu Season

It’s that time of the year when you sip hot cups of coffee or ginger tea while enjoying the foggy mornings and chilly evenings. While you look forward to being bundled up in your favourite winter outfits and relishing cosy nights under the blanket, you cannot ignore the fact that this season has a downside to it as well. A chill is in the air, and you all know what that means — it’s time for cold and flu season, when it seems everyone you know is suddenly sneezing, sniffling or worse. Read more

Gonvlleancho Sondex – December 2022

Mogall Firgozkaramno,

Amchea Goy-ant zaitea attvech torechea sonvoim-am modem ghorchea vo xezarea cheddea-cheddva kazara adim ani uprant kitlench ulovpa sarkhem asa. Aikunk ani pollounk zaite pavtt attvench dista. Cheddo vo cheddum kazarache piraier lagim pavtanch zaitim vichartat. Kednam korta go cheddvak kazar? Soirik azun ieunk nam? Uprant soirik zali mhonn kanar poddlear rokddech fuddle proxnn, kednam dovorlam cheddeachem/ cheddvachem kazar? Kazar zaun don vo tin mhoine zata mhonnosor gorjecho proxnn ieta. Sunechi/cheddvachi novidade (bori khobor) kitem asa go mhonn maink vo sasumaink xezarim vicharunk suru kortat. Hem sogllem vicharlem mhonn kitem vaitt oxem nam. To ghoddie ek usko zait vo ganvchi ek sonvoim zait. Punn ganvchea vaddttolea cheddva vo cheddea sovem soglleank ek zobabdari asa mhonn kollun ieta. Eka kallar xezarchem bhurgem legun aplench bhurgem mhonn sogllinch chintalim. Khoim nhu te suvater dixtti poddlem zalear rokddench vichartalim, Kitem korta go hangasor eklench? Bhurgeanchea vaddpant sogllim sohobhageliponn dakhoitalim. Aiz ghoddie osleo sonvoim-io il’leo unnem zaleat. Vhicharlem zalear zaiteank rag ieta. Read more

Editorial -December 2022

We are in the month of December, a month of joy celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ on that blessed Christmas Day. Years ago, this good news of immense joy and happiness changed the course of every silent night to come because this story of Christmas is the story of God’s relentless love for us – Father sending His only beloved Son on Earth to redeem mankind. Jesus said, “Come, follow Me”. Where do we find Him? Do we look out for Him in the manger? Definitely not. Jesus has shown His people His path of forgiveness and assured that whoever seeks Him shall find Him. Jesus, by living an exemplary life, taught everyone to follow the path of goodness and to perform good deeds, follow the path shown to us and we will find JESUS. Let us remember that we are all put on the Earth to make a difference. We were not created just to consume resources, to eat, breathe and take up space. God has designed each one of us, to make a difference with our lives. Read more

ADVENT SEASON

The word “Advent” comes from the Latin word “adventus”, which means “coming” or “arrival.” As a season of the church year, Advent is the four weeks before Christmas that prepares us to celebrate the Nativity, the birth of Christ, on December 25th. Christmas is a big mystery. We do not understand how exactly God comes to be among us in human form. Taking time to prepare to celebrate Christmas allows us to enter more fully into the mystery.

THREE TEACHINGS OF ADVENT SEASON
1. Preparation
Advent is a season of preparation. We are preparing to remember and to celebrate the birth of Jesus. During this time, we remember the prophets that foretold Jesus’ birth (Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6-7, Jeremiah 23:5-6) and the nine-month journey of Mary and Joseph before the birth of Jesus (Luke 1-2, Matthew 1). We prepare ourselves for the birth of Jesus Christ by lighting the four candles on each Sunday. Each candle has its own significance and message for us.
The first candle, which is purple, symbolizes Hope (Prophecy Candle). The second candle, also purple, represents Faith (Bethlehem Candle). The third candle is pink and symbolizes Joy (Shepherd’s Candle). On the fourth week of Advent, we light the final purple candle, the “Angel’s Candle,” which symbolizes peace. Read more