en-us Don Bosco India SpeakUp in Province : 'New Delhi' Classification : 'All' http://www.donboscoindia.com Copyright 2005 All rights reserved Fri, 21 Jan 2022 11:17:45 +0000India Standard Time webmaster@donboscoindia.org Don Bosco india http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/images/toplogo1.gif http://www.donboscoindia.com/ 255 41 Visit http://www.donboscoindia.com http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=8.0&articleid=223 MIGRANTS: THE NOWHERE PEOPLE Turn your gaze to the developed and growing cities of India and become aware of the NO WHERE people of India - the people who built all these cities live in poverty and deprivation. They belong nowhere. Because they are NOWHERE PEOPLE. As Salesians, we must find the courage to create spaces and allow new forms of hospitality, fraternity and solidarity. http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=8.0&articleid=222 Some Observations on the GC28 POST-CHAPTER REFLECTION. THE RECTOR MAJOR`S ACTION PROGRAMME In this article I like to share my initial impressions on the GC28: Post-Chapter Reflections: The Rector Major`s Action Plan presented by the Rector Major on 16 August 2020. http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=8.0&articleid=221 EMBARK UPON A `JOURNEY OF REINVENTION` Have we fallen into a rut, a habitual way of seeing and doing things, that we find very hard to break out of? Are we afraid of the uncertainty and pain that accompanies any change? Can we embark upon a `Journey of Reinvention` in these challenging days of the pandemic Covid-19 and bring about the required changes in our lives? http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=8.0&articleid=202 NEED FOR HEALING CENTRES: WILL THE CONGREGATION RISE TO THE (RADICAL) CHALLENGE? Holding Up to the Light - 24 My intervention in the General Assembly of GC 27 for a Statement (supported by other Chapter members as well) expressing regret for abuses by Salesians and commitment to caring for the survivors did not carry through, as mentioned in an earlier SpeakUp. However the need for providing support and care for those involved in abuse found some expression in the early drafts of the Final Document of the Chapter. I intervened during the discussion on these, pleading for the Congregation`s support for setting up Healing Centres. http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=8.0&articleid=200 A CONDESCENDING PROPOSAL THAT DEMEANS THE BROTHERS AS WELL AS THE SENSIBILITIES OF OTHER SALESIANS. Holding Up to the Light - 23. This is the Intervention I made in the General Assembly of GC 27 about the Juridical Commission`s Proposal regarding Representation of Salesian Brothers at the General Chapter. http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=8.0&articleid=199 A NOT-SO-WISE MOVE TO SUPPRESS THE POST OF COUNCILLOR FOR THE MISSIONS AT GC 27 - Holding Up to the Light 22 Intervention I made at GC 27 on the Judicial Commission`s Proposal to suppress the post of the General Councillor for the Missions. http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=8.0&articleid=198 THE TIMES, THEY ARE`A CHANGING! BUT VERY .... SLOW........................LY!! Holding Up to the Light 21 The election of Angel Artime Fernandes as Rector Major, I believe, is ushering in a refreshing and hopeful new era in the history of the Salesian Congregation. http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=8.0&articleid=197 GC Document Preparation - A Frustrating Exercise! Holding Up to the Light 20 This is an intervention I made at the GC 27 on how frustrating it is to work on the Drafts prepared by the Redaction Committee. http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=8.0&articleid=196 TIME FOR HALF MEASURES IS OVER! Holding Up to the Light - 19 This is an intervention I made in the General Assembly of the 27th General Chapter on the issue of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults from abuse. http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=8.0&articleid=194 Holding Up to the Light - 18 Intervention at GC 27 Here is my intervention on the Rector Major`s Report on the State of the Congregation. http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=8.0&articleid=192 NEWS AND VIEWS FROM ROME! Timely reports of the General Chapter-27 http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=8.0&articleid=185 Should the Salesian Rector be the Spiritual Director of Salesians in Formation? Holding Up to the Light- 17 A discussion on the issue of the Salesian Rector being also the Spiritual Director. http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=8.0&articleid=183 PURSUING PEANUTS! Holding Up To The Light -16 A reflection on the police pursuit of spot fixing in the IPL. http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=8.0&articleid=179 THE LOOK! Holding Up to the Light -15 A Palm Sunday Reflection http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=8.0&articleid=172 Rape and Male Inferiority Complex 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! http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=8.0&articleid=171 ``INNOVATION`` - A FALSE PREMISE AND PROMISE! Reflection on the Final Statement of CRI National Assembly 2012. Holding Up to the Light -14 A critique of the paths proposed by the National CRI for renewal of religious life in India http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=8.0&articleid=167 UNMINED POTENTIAL OF BIS SPEAK UP- Holding Up to the Light - 13 BIS is missing out on the Speak UP`s potential for lively conversation on relevant issues. http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=8.0&articleid=165 PSYCHOLOGISTS: UNRECOGNIZED AND UNDERRATED MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS. Holding Up to the Light - 12 Psychologists are mostly unrecognised and underrated in a world where psychiatrists and pharma companies rule the roost as far as mental health is concerned. http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=8.0&articleid=149 EVERY DISCIPLINE CAN CLAIM IT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT! Holding Up to the Light - 11 This piece is prompted by Fr. Joseph Puthenpurackal`s suggestion in Speak Up that every professor should first undergo a full course on Missiology. http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=8.0&articleid=146 100 DAYS WAR IN LIBYA! - SOME QUESTIONS. - Holding Up To The Light - 10 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. http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=8.0&articleid=145 FASTING SWAMIS, FARMER SUICIDE THREATS, AND DYING CHILDREN - Holding Up to the Light - 9 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. http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=8.0&articleid=138 DISTURBING VERDICTS AND OPINIONS. Holding Up to the Light- 8 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. http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=8.0&articleid=112 SALESIANS IN CYBERSPACE - THE CHALLENGE! Holding Up to the Light - 7 Recently I attended a seminar on ``Salesians and the Social Media`` at the Salesian Provincial House in New Delhi. I learned some very interesting things. Here are some reflections based on that learning. http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=8.0&articleid=111 ``CATHOLIC`` IDENTITY OF THE CATHOLIC SCHOOL. Holding Up to the Light - 6 This evening I read an interesting article in The Tablet [8 August, 2009, Electronic version], the Catholic Weekly from England. This lead article was written by Nicolas Kennedy and entitled ``For whom the Bell Tolls``. http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=8.0&articleid=95 HOLDING UP TO THE LIGHT - 5: WHERE ARE THE SALESIAN `WRITERS`? WHERE ARE THE SALESIAN `WRITERS`? A Question for Us to Ponder Over. http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=8.0&articleid=93 HOLDING UP TO THE LIGHT - 4 DID YOU NEED TO SAY ALL THAT?A comment on BIS`s policies that restrict light bearers. http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=8.0&articleid=79 HOLDING UP TO THE LIGHT - 3 SILENCE KILLS! http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=8.0&articleid=61 A Visit to the Land of Saints! It was Sunday, 25th of May and the Rector Major and the General Council were just out of a rainy experience of the Feast of Mary Help of Christians in Valdocco, Turin. As if to say that the rain had come just to spoil that wonderful Salesian Feast and the traditional profession around Valdocco, on this day it was sunny. The General Council members set out for a visit to some of the unusual Salesian places in the Monferrato region of Piedmont, in continuation of their brief pilgrimage to the Salesian places. http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=8.0&articleid=54 HOLDING UP TO THE LIGHT - 2 Today`s (Saturday, 2nd week after Easter, 04/05/2008) first reading at Mass and Francis Moloney`s Good Night at the General Chapter [The Word of God will Stand Forever] provided me an opprotunity to reflect further on ``light and shadow,`` on the need to hold things to the light. http://www.donboscoindia.com/english/bis/articles_default_ms.php?proid=8.0&articleid=48 HOLDING UP TO THE LIGHT - 1 Thank you, Fr. Ivo Coelho, for your piece [The Human Face of the Congregation describing the dark side of the electoral process in the Congregation, and for your call to bring to light the careful but secretive plannings and plottings (``machinations and manipulations@ to use your own phrase)by the various language and ethnic group members of the Chapter.