Sobar fulancho kall, Goychi novi sakall

Mogall firgozkaramno,
Novem voros suru zata mhollear jiv soglloch urben toso bhirantin bhorla.

Fattlim birankull don odik vorsam sorun voita mhollear jivak suuu zata. Sogllem vaitt odruxtt ani dukh pois ghelear puro zata. Hem ietelem novem 2022 voros Devache kurpechem ani borem gheun ailear puro oxem soglleanchea tonddar zata. Novem ani borem il’lem, il’lem zait veta. Lokak sirviseo porot mellunk lagleat. Pidda ani rog unnem zala so dista. Vavr dhondo porot suru zata. Xalla porot ugtteo zaleat ani bhurgim xallek vochunk suru zaleant. Dhormacheo suvato vaprunk sompeponn mell’lam. Ek novo bhorvanso fuddem dixtti poddta.

Novem voros ieta mhollear Goy-ant venchnnukam-cho vavr suru zala. He ani te vatten soglleak nove-nove mon’xancho mott’tto naro aikunk ieta. Mhaka jikun haddlear hanv hem ani tem korun dakoitolom. Goy samballtolom. Goy-karank samballtolom. Funkott hem ani tem ditolom. Tumchea Bank account-ant itle ani title poixe ghaltolom. Sogllem aikun monant ekuch proxnn ieta. Atam sod’deak Bank-ant aslole poixe kiteak unnem zatat kai? Karann January 1ler thaun Bank-ant poixe ghalunk charges lagtat ani Bank-antle poixe kaddunkui charges lagtat. Read more

Editorial – Jan 2022

We are moving into the New Year, 2022 with a lot of hope and expectations and of course full faith in God. May this transition bring lots of happiness to all of us by being able to achieve all our dreams and all the expected results.
After the turbulent, scary and most harrowing times caused by the deadly virus, the entire world is yearning for solace and a healthy turnaround. Looking back at the eventful year gone by, we need to thank God for our own survival till date. So many of our family members and friends have been snatched away from our midst. Due to the enforced restrictions and guidelines, we failed to get even a last glimpse of some of those unfortunate ones. Read more

Hidden catechism in the playing cards

Continuation……
The “King’’
Jesus the KingThe ‘King’ in the playing card symbolizes Jesus as the King of Heaven and earth. Christ the King is a title of Jesus in Christianity referring to the idea of the Kingdom of God where Christ is described as seated at the right hand of God. The titles of “Christ” and “king” are not used together in the gospel, but “Christ” is in itself a royal title (i.e. “the anointed [king]”). In the Greek text, Christ is explicitly identified as king several times, so in Matthew 2:2, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews?” In John 18, Pilate refers to the implication that Christ is a royal title by inquiring explicitly if Jesus claims to be the “king of the Jews”. Similarly, in John 1:49, a follower addresses Jesus as “the king of Israel”. In the Gospel of Luke, the angel Gabriel proclaims to Mary, “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” In the Book of Revelation it is declared that the Lamb is “King of kings, and Lord of lords”. The Feast of Christ the King was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925. The General Roman Calendar of 1969 moved its observance in the Roman Rite to the last Sunday of Ordinary Time, the final Sunday of the liturgical year, the Sunday prior to the Advent Sunday.

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Mary – Mother of God

We have a long-standing tradition in the Church, to begin the New Year with the Feast of Mary, Mother of God. This is not merely an honour but a Dogma of our faith. As we celebrate this feast on the 1st January, the Church calls us all –

(a) To give glory to our heavenly Father for having bestowed on Mary this unparalleled honour;
(b) To honour Mary for this singular blessing – the unique privilege to be the Mother of God;

(c) To follow the Will of God, as did Mary our Mother. The Litany of our Blessed Virgin Mary speaks volumes, yet I add a few thoughts / insights on Mother Mary. Read more

The Baptism of Jesus

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord on 09th January 2022. Now what is Baptism and why does Jesus have the need to be baptised?

Baptism is the first sacrament that a person receives, and it opens the door to all the other sacraments. Baptism is a visible symbol of God’s love. The word “baptize” means to sprinkle or immerse in water. Water is considered both a precious product and a religious symbol for purification, renewal, and life. The water used in Baptism is a symbol of cleansing, restoring, and giving new life. Baptism is the means by which one receives the Holy Spirit. The sacrament is called “the gateway to life in the Spirit” (CCC, 1213). The bare for our Baptism is the Baptism of Jesus. Read more

Devasahayam Pillai – “From Convert to Sainthood”

The First Indian Layman to be declared a Saint

Devasahayam Pillai (named Neelakanda Pillai at birth) was born into an affluent Nair-Caste Hindu family at Nattalam in the present day Kanyakumari District, on April 23rd, 1712. His father Vasudevan Namboodiri hailed from Kayamkulam, in the present day Kerala and his mother Devaki Amma hailed from Thiruvattar in Kanyakumari District. In the Nair matrilineal tradition of the day, Devasahayam Pillai was raised by his maternal uncle, and was inculcated with Hindu beliefs and traditions. Pillai was married to Bargavi Ammal. She was persuaded and converted to Christianity by her husband. His wife was given the baptismal name of Gnanapoo Ammal (equivalent to Theresa in Tamil and Malayalam). Read more

Goycho Put: Sant Juze Vaz

Ami Goykaramnim Povitr Sobhek ek bhagevont dilo mhonn amkam obhiman bhogunk favo. To ek maha-dhormporgottnnar. Tachea pavlamnim cholun amchea jivitantlean ami Jezukuch porgottcho. Ani amchim magnnim ani gorzo, tache vinovnnen ami Jezu mukhar dovorcheo.

Tacho zolm ani xikop – Juze Vaz, Cristopher Vaz ani Maria Miranda hancho tisro put. To April-ache 21ver 1651 vorsa aplea avoychea ghora Bannavle zolmolo. Zolmachea atthvea disa Jacinto Pereira, hea Jezuit Vigaran Sant Juanv Batistache Igorjent, Bannavle taka Povitr Snan dilem. Mullavem xikxonn tannem Sankvalle kelem. Fuddlem xikop korunk taka Adlea Goyam Sant Pauluchea Kolegint patthoun dilo. Tannem padriponnachem xikop kortoch, sovis vorsanche pirayer, Juze Vaz-ak yadniki makhnni favo zali. Read more

Republic Day

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high, into that heaven of freedom my father let my country awake. Where the mind has not broken up into narrow domestic walls…what a beautiful poem by Rabindranath Tagore! Do these words seem unrealistic in our country today?  Yes! For if we reflect on our lives, most of us would agree that though we have achieved freedom, it seems so far away from our reach! For we are burdened with so many things…. We seem to be in a rat race for power, fame , money and luxuries, that we often forget to notice our neighbour in need. Besides there is so much of jealousy and unforgiveness that it traps us like a bird in a cage. But is freedom so unachievable?   Read more

Living as the Holy Family

Family life is often messy. So how does that square up with the idea that it is also holy? Is a family only holy to the degree that it can spend time in prayer or in service to others? Or is there something more to it?

Attempting to reinvent the family isn’t a new game. Historians have clay-pot records of all kinds of household arrangements dating back to 4000 B.C. Humans always have thought of a million different ways to do a family. It is true that there are strong social-science arguments to be made for the idea that the traditional family — understood as one man in a lifelong committed relationship to one woman and the children they have together — is the most stable, most satisfying, and most socially beneficial household arrangement. Even so, the notion that this is the ideal family arrangement is ultimately not discovered by humans but revealed to us by God. The Father, himself, instituted the human family in the Garden of Eden when He told Adam and Eve to “go forth and multiply.” Further, he gave us his Son who, by choosing the wedding at Cana for His first miracle, gave marriage and family life sacramental dignity, asserting that this union was a sacred reality capable of conveying sanctifying grace. Read more

PIT AND FISSURE SEALANTS

Brushing and flossing are the best ways to help prevent cavities, but it is not always possible to clean every nook and corner of your teeth especially your back teeth. So, there is another safety net to help keep those back teeth (molars) clean. It is called ‘pit and fissure sealants ‘.

Pit and fissure sealants are a safe and painless way of protecting your teeth from tooth decay. A sealant is a protective plastic coating which is applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant forms a hard shield that keeps food and bacteria from getting into the tiny grooves in the teeth and causing decay. Read more