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Paul Vadakumpadan, Shillong says,
Missionaries or Functionaries
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The Catholic and mainline Protestant Churches have a broad and integral concept of mission, unlike the conservative Evangelicals and Pentecostals.
SEP. 9. INS #A.186
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PARAPPULLY Jose, New Delhi says,
Should the Salesian Rector be the Spiritual Director of Salesians in Formation? Holding Up to the Light- 17  - 4 Comments
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A discussion on the issue of the Salesian Rector being also the Spiritual Director.
JUL. 28. INN #A.185
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Shillong says,
THE ENGLISH FIRST PERSON SINGULAR
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English, as far as I know, is the only language in which the first person singular is spelt as a capital letter.
JUN. 20. INS #A.184
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PARAPPULLY Jose, New Delhi says,
PURSUING PEANUTS! Holding Up To The Light -16
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A reflection on the police pursuit of spot fixing in the IPL.
MAY. 26. INN #A.183
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Shillong says,
JOYS AND SORROWS OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
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We are preparing for the General Chapter. All the provinces have celebrated their own chapters.
MAY. 18. INS #A.182
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ADUKANIL Matthew, Chennai says,
WITH HUMOUR YOU CAN FIGHT MANY A BATTLE  - 1 Comments
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In primitive days nations settled their disputes only through wars. In the feudal times gentlemen settled all their quarrels with gun duels as if bullets could decide the justice or otherwise of things . In all dictatorships the army and suppression are of critical importance for the survival of the regime. Modern man tries to settle differences through the more civilized ways of diplomacy and dialogue . In his arsenal of non-lethal weapons humour occupies the prime place in negotiating life`s pot holes both in the public domain and in private lives. For the civilized man a sense of proportion of things and a razor sharp intellect replace the savage`s fist of fury . Perhaps like our shrinking integrity in public life our sense of humour is taking a beating and intolerance is becoming pervasive and shooting up by the day. Like the uncommon common sense it is becoming rare to find.
MAY. 1. INM #A.181
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Shillong says,
12 TIPS FOR SERENE LIVING
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Think Anew, Start Afresh. Here are twelve tips for serene living.
APR. 11. INS #A.180
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PARAPPULLY Jose, New Delhi says,
THE LOOK! Holding Up to the Light -15
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A Palm Sunday Reflection
MAR. 24. INN #A.179
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Shillong says,
THANK YOU POPE BENEDICT WELCOME POPE FRANCIS
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We are living through historic days.
MAR. 15. INS #A.178
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Antony EARATHARA , Kolkata says,
World Rosary Prayer Campaign for the Church and the New Pope
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``As the cardinals enter the conclave on Tuesday March 12, 2013, to elect the ``new St. Peter``, let us join them in spirit through incessant prayer``, invites Fr. T.C. George, Co-ordinator, World Rosary Campaign, Bangalore.
MAR. 12. INC #A.175
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Shillong says,
Karol and Josef
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The 1930s and 40s were among the most tragic years in recent human history.
MAR. 8. INS #A.174
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Shillong says,
LIBERTY, EQUALITY, FRATERNITY
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The French revolution called for liberty, equality and fraternity.
FEB. 5. INS #A.173
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KANAGA Maria Arokiam, New Delhi says,
Rape and Male Inferiority Complex
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Living with clearly contradictory values seems to come natural for Indian society. Corruption and religion can coexist peacefully. Ritual purity and abominable physical dirt can live together. We are one nation, while every State and language group derides and often hates the other. We can claim to honour women, killing her with the very idea of honour that we impose on her! We can enslave and exploit our children and claim that they are our future! We can be utterly sexual in mind and body and claim that modesty is our national virtue! One wonders whether being a woman is itself a matter of shame in India. If not, why then is there so much of female infanticide and female illiteracy? Dowry is a system in which a woman has to pay a man in order to serve him and to hand over to him absolute sexual rights over her! A man honours a woman by merely marrying her! A woman has no such claim. It is the husband who gives ``life`` to the wife, and not the other way about! When a man dies his wife has no more meaningful existence. It is a shame to be a widow! For a man to live without a wife is heroism! A woman`s economic independence is a threat to the man. So the wife is either prohibited from working, and if she works, he should have the control over her money!
JAN. 9. INN #A.172
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PARAPPULLY Jose, New Delhi says,
``INNOVATION`` - A FALSE PREMISE AND PROMISE! Reflection on the Final Statement of CRI National Assembly 2012. Holding Up to the Light -14  - 2 Comments
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A critique of the paths proposed by the National CRI for renewal of religious life in India
NOV. 18. INN #A.171
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Paul CHERUTHOTTUPURAM, Kolkata says,
Media illiterate principals
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KOLKATA - Coming on the heels of the upcoming national meeting of principals of schools scheduled to be held at Don Bosco Park Circus, from 28 September, the recent reports from Poland where high school kids were put through a bizarre ``initiation rite`` which school authorities claim were ``innocent fun`` calls for serious introspection.
SEP. 26. INC #A.170
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Antony EARATHARA , Kolkata says,
Follow Him  - 1 Comments
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The following is a forwarded email from Fr. Maria Arokiam. It contains a letter with a powerful and objective message by a Muslim, Aziz Noorani, sent through the WorldIsmailis Yahoogroup on 19 September to people of different Faiths, in the context of the global violent reactions to the denigrating movie on Islam. It is worth reading, reflecting on and spreading the message for preserving sanity and humanity. Thank you, Fr. Arokiam, for passing it on to BIS.
SEP. 25. INC #A.169
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Paul CHERUTHOTTUPURAM, Kolkata says,
Celebrating Faith
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KOLKATA - In a month`s time (11 October 2012) the long awaited YEAR OF FAITH proposed by Pope Benedict XVI in his apostolic letter Porta Fidei will commence faith journeys in parishes and dioceses around the world. Present below is a master plan for year-long celebration of faith at Auxilium Parish Kolkata, prepared by parish priest Fr K.K. Sebastian and Pastoral Animation Team.
SEP. 7. INC #A.168
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PARAPPULLY Jose, New Delhi says,
UNMINED POTENTIAL OF BIS SPEAK UP- Holding Up to the Light - 13
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BIS is missing out on the Speak UP`s potential for lively conversation on relevant issues.
AUG. 22. INN #A.167
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Paul CHERUTHOTTUPURAM, Kolkata says,
Formation in mission, from woes to wows!
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KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) - A provincial superior dashing from one meeting to another sends an SMS on his Blackberry ``bye for now... must meet the confreres now... listen to their `woes` and .... wish they were `Wows!``... most are stuck in woes ... in agonies and tortures...! i want to RESURRECT THEM ... tough... most feel more comfortable in complaining than in doing something to make a difference!``
AUG. 19. INC #A.166
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PARAPPULLY Jose, New Delhi says,
PSYCHOLOGISTS: UNRECOGNIZED AND UNDERRATED MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS. Holding Up to the Light - 12
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Psychologists are mostly unrecognised and underrated in a world where psychiatrists and pharma companies rule the roost as far as mental health is concerned.
JUN. 24. INN #A.165
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Paul CHERUTHOTTUPURAM, Kolkata says,
Don Bosco International Film Festival
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Multicity project in preparation for DB bicentenary 2012-2015.
JAN. 1. INC #A.163
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Guwahati says,
Letter from the Himalayas
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Recently, I almost reached the Himalayas. Not quite. Well, I was on the foothills.
NOV. 29. ING #A.162
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Chris Valentino, Abroad says,
Division on the eve of amalgamation
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KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) - Was it in the corridors of Pisana or in the aisles of the Aula Magna during the last Salesian General Chapter (2008) that the Rector Major predicted India to have 15 Salesian provinces at the General Chapter 2014?
OCT. 10. WWW #A.158
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Guwahati says,
USE AND THROW
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Recently I wrote about the age of revolutions. Many may have doubts about qualifying our times as revolutionary.
SEP. 27. ING #A.154
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Guwahati says,
Living in an Age of Revolutions
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We are living through a revolutionary period, or at least so we are told.
SEP. 3. ING #A.153
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Guwahati says,
CORRUPTION OF CULTURE OR CULTURE OF CORRUPTION
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Who in this country does not raise his voice against corruption? Well, here is one.
AUG. 18. ING #A.152
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Paul CHERUTHOTTUPURAM, Abroad says,
India vs India
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Caste Reservation: India vs India KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) - This is a must see film for every educator and youth minister. Here is a movie that provides a ray of hope for educationists who slog on despite heavy odds providing quality EDUCATION to the poorest of the poor both in the city slums and remote villages.
AUG. 16. WWW #A.151
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Guwahati says,
CAN CHURCH BE INTERESTING?
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Once a programme was organised in a parish for school children.
AUG. 15. ING #A.150
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PARAPPULLY Jose, New Delhi says,
EVERY DISCIPLINE CAN CLAIM IT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT! Holding Up to the Light - 11
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This piece is prompted by Fr. Joseph Puthenpurackal`s suggestion in Speak Up that every professor should first undergo a full course on Missiology.
JUL. 26. INN #A.149
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Joseph PUTHENPURAKAL, Guwahati says,
Missionary Spirit
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Dear Fr. Paul, Thanks for your story on Fr. Puthenpura. I have also read your Blog. Congrats. What Fr. Sebastian has written and which you have cited: ``there is a general decline in our missionary spirit and enthusiasm... etc.`` is certainly true to some extent.
JUL. 26. ING #A.148
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PARAPPULLY Jose, New Delhi says,
100 DAYS WAR IN LIBYA! - SOME QUESTIONS. - Holding Up To The Light - 10
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Today marks the 100th day of NATO bombing of Tripoli with little to show that the millions if not billions of dollars spent by the Western Alliance has brought any gains.
JUN. 27. INN #A.146
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PARAPPULLY Jose, New Delhi says,
FASTING SWAMIS, FARMER SUICIDE THREATS, AND DYING CHILDREN - Holding Up to the Light - 9
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One man threatened to fast, and the media was seduced to give him front page covering day after day and the government bent backwards to appease him until they learned he was pulling a fast one on them.
JUN. 11. INN #A.145
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Guwahati says,
WHO ARE OUR ENEMIES?
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We speak of enemies like we speak of friends. That is to say, we need friends; so we need also enemies.
MAY. 16. ING #A.144
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Paul CHERUTHOTTUPURAM, Abroad says,
Let Bloggers Blog
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In the wake of Vatican calling for a bloggers afternoon session on 2 May 2011, and South Asia Salesians holding meeting with Councillor and Secretary for Social Communications (1-5 May, 2011), I guess it is the right time to promote blogging. Pls chk the Vatican Bloggers Meet info: http://cmpaul.wordpress.com/2011/04/09/vatican-calls-catholic-bloggers/ This video helps get a hang of BLOG. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN2I1pWXjXI
APR. 12. WWW #A.143
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Guwahati says,
CELL PHONE AND CELL LIFE
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Monks of old lived in little cells. Now most have moved from such cells to bigger rooms. Some young students still sleep in cells. The word cell today is increasingly used for cells in a jail. I have no intention at all to talk about that unfortunate use of the word.
APR. 10. ING #A.142
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ANTHUVAN Maria Arul , Guwahati says,
The man who ``scootered`` his way to Heaven! Fr. John Med sdb (1916-2011): A Tribute by Francis Hembrom sdb  - 1 Comments
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A golden era of Salesian India has passed with the passing away of our dear Rev. Fr. John Med, who did not just belong to any Province, but belonged to India - Salesian India, to all of us.
JAN. 28. ING #A.139
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PARAPPULLY Jose, New Delhi says,
DISTURBING VERDICTS AND OPINIONS. Holding Up to the Light- 8
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Some reflections on the recent Supreme Court Judgement on Graham Staine`s murder case and the reactions of media and civil society leaders in contrast to that of Christian spokespersons.
JAN. 24. INN #A.138
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Guwahati says,
EDUCATION: THINKING OUT OF THE BOX
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``Christian educators have a special responsibility to Christian youth. In India, the right of the Christian community to run educational institutions of their own and to form their members according to their own religion and culture is guaranteed by the Constitution.
JAN. 19. ING #A.137
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ANTHUVAN Maria Arul , Guwahati says,
Silence and the Word
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Christmas is a time for celebration; a celebration that very often could turn noisy, distracting and meaningless. But, in fact, the celebration of Christmas is for an event that happened so silently in history.
DEC. 18. ING #A.136
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ANTHUVAN Maria Arul , Guwahati says,
A Confession FB-style
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I have a confession to make. I am a reluctant latecomer to the universe of Facebook. I was very hesitant to join FB... not that I didn`t like the concept of FB but it looked (still does look) strange for me. At the same time, I cannot but admire the marvellous technological creativity behind FB or MySpace and the various social network services on the net with the capacity of an almost `infinite` and `universal` range of contacting people (provided they are part of the service).
NOV. 30. ING #A.135
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