Who is He?

The gospel of St. Mark 6: 1-6 presents to us the rejection of Jesus in His own country. The passage ends saying Jesus could not do many miracles due to their unbelief.

It is of importance to analyse why Jesus could not enter into their lives or rather why they could not accept Jesus? The most obvious reason is the fact that they could accept Jesus only as a carpenter, the son of Mary and the bother of James and Joset and Judas (v. 3). They were not able to change the preconceived ideas of Jesus that existed in their minds.

Often, we too are faced with the same challenge in our day today lives in relating to people, especially whom we have already known. Even after an individual has made lot of efforts, we are not willing to accept the fact that he/she has changed his/her ways of thinking and acting. The danger is, we can miss out the Lord who is coming to our lives and the experience of healing and bliss of the Lord that would be brought by the presence of that individual.

The challenge placed before us is to give a new beginning to everyone, though at time it is very hard.

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Eucharistic Miracle @ Chirattakonam (5 May 2001)

In the words of Fr. Johnson Karnoor, the Parish Priest of the place: “On April 28, 2001, in the parish church of St. Mary of Chirattakonam, we began the Novena to St. Jude Thaddeus as we did every year. At 8:49am, I exposed the Most Holy Sacrament in the monstrance for public adoration. After a few moments I saw what appeared to be three dots in the Holy Eucharist. I then stopped praying and began to look at the monstrance, also inviting the faithful to admire the three dots. I then asked the faithful to remain in prayer and reposed the monstrance in the tabernacle. On April 30th, I celebrated the Holy Mass and on the following day I left for Trivandrum. On Saturday morning, the 5th of May 2001, I opened the church for the usual liturgical celebrations. I vested for Mass and went to open the tabernacle to see what had happened to the Eucharist in the monstrance. I immediately noted in the Host, a figure, to the likeness of a human face. I was deeply moved and asked the faithful to kneel and begin praying. I thought I alone could see the face so I asked the altar server what he noticed in the monstrance. He answered: ‘I see the figure of a man.’ I noticed that the rest of the faithful were looking intently at the monstrance.

“We began Adoration and as the minutes went by, the image became more and more clear. I did not have the courage to say anything and I began to cry. During Adoration, we have the practice of reading a passage from Holy Scriptures. The reading of the day was the one from Chapter 20 in the Gospel of John, which narrates the story of when Jesus appeared to St. Thomas and asked him to look at the wounds. I was only able to say a few words in my homily, and, having to leave for the nearby parish of Kokkodu to celebrate Mass, I immediately summoned a photographer to take pictures of the Holy Eucharist with the human face on it. After two hours all the photos were developed; with the passing of the time the face in every photo became more and more clear.”

5 Ever Green Quotes of Don Bosco

Some of the best known quotes of St John Bosco, the father and friend of youth

  1. My children, jump, run and play and make all the noise you want but avoid sin like the plague and you will surely gain heaven. – Vol. 4.p.204
  2. An oratory without music is like a body without a soul. – Vol. 5.p.222
  3. Relax, have fun, sin laugh, go hiking do anything you like, as long as you do not sin. – Vol. 8.p.196
  4. You are my dear little rascals. I would rather have you than all the comforts of the rich. -Vol. 6.p.2
  5. (Don Bosco to his boys) I feel much more at home with you. This is really where I belong. -Vol. 4.p.455

Pray with Faith

It is a question that have lingered in mind for quite some time now, why we don’t often receive what we pray for?

Reading the incident of the woman healed of haemorrhage, the only one quality that found in her was that she believed. She believed that Jesus would be able to heal her. She believed that, if she is able to touch his cloak she will be healed. It was her strong faith that she will be healed, even without his knowledge just with a touch.

Then I believe the only thing we lack is strong faith, that your God is capable working wonders in our lives.

Tell me the last time you have prayed with faith, that God is going to act in my life…

Look

Jesus said to his disciples:
“You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery.
But I say to you,
everyone who looks at a woman with lust
has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Jesus made it clear to his disciples what matters is not just the action but the process of reaching to the action. In a world of consumerism where objectification of the other is a norm, Jesus condemns it.

Matthew 5:27-32

Thor: Ragnarok

Just this afternoon I had the opportunity to watch Thor: Ragnarok,  a superhero film based on the character Thor. However,I must say that I just love watching the movies of this character. Yet, I was discouraged yesterday, though rated heavenly for its fiction and fantasy I felt it had not reached to the expectations.

 

 

Mom You are Great

 

 

Someone asked her, are you working women or a house wife?
She said: “yes I’ am a full time working House-Wife. I work 24 hours a day. I’m a “Mom,” a “wife,” “daughter,” and a Daughter in Law.
I am an Alarm Clock, a Cook, a Maid, a Teacher, a Waiter, a Nanny, a Nurse, a Handyman, a Security Officer, a Counsellor, and a Comforter.
I don’t get holydays, medical leaves or half days. I work throughout the Day and Night…. I’m on call all hours and get paid with a sentence: “What You do all day at home?”

A Reflection on Philosophy of Religion

The literal meaning of the term ‘philosophy of religion’ means, philosophical reflections on religion. The term “philosophy of religion” was used for the first time in English in the 17th century work of Ralph Cudworth. Cudworth and his Cambridge University colleague Henry More produced philosophical work with a specific focus on religion and so, if one insisted on dating the beginning of philosophy of religion as a field, there are good reasons for claiming that it began (gradually) in the mid- 17th century. However, the scope of the subject even today remains in line with the subject matter treated by Cudworth and More.
What is Philosophy of Religion?
There are different views and definitions with regards what Philosophy of Religion is. Some of them are:
Philosophy of Religion is a branch of philosophy concerned with the philosophical study of religious beliefs, religious doctrines, arguments and history.  It also deals with questions regarding religion, including the nature and existence of God, the examination of religious experience, analysis of religious language and texts, and the relationship of religion and science. It is an ancient discipline, being found in the earliest known manuscripts concerning philosophy, and it also relates with many other branches of philosophy and general thought, including metaphysics, logic, and history. Philosophy of religion can be said to have two branches: the philosophy of religion proper and the philosophical theology.
The Difference between Religious Philosophy and Philosophy of Religion
The line between theology and the philosophy of religion is not always sharp because they share much in common, but the primary difference is that theology tends to be apologetical in nature, committed to the defense of particular religious positions, whereas Philosophy of Religion is committed to the investigation of religion itself, rather than the truth of any particular religion. However, Theologians, distinct from philosophers of religion, often consider the existence of God as axiomatic or self-evident and explain, justify or support religious claims by rationalization or intuitive metaphors. In contrast, philosophers of religion examine and critique the epistemological, logical, aesthetic and ethical foundations inherent in the claims of a religion.
The philosophy of religion differs from religious philosophy in that it seeks to discuss questions regarding the nature of religion as a whole, rather than examining the problems brought forth by a particular belief system. It is designed such that it can be carried out dispassionately by those who identify as believers or non-believers.
The Significance of Philosophy of Religion
The philosophical exploration of religious beliefs and practices is evident in the earliest recorded philosophy itself in the east and the west. Nonetheless today philosophy of religion is a robust, intensely active area of philosophy. The importance of philosophy of religion is chiefly due to subject matter that is alternative beliefs about God, Brahman, and the sacred, the varieties of religious experience, the interplay between science and religion, the challenge of non-religious philosophies, the nature and scope of good and evil, religious treatments of birth, history, and death, and other substantial terrain.
A philosophical exploration of these topics involves fundamental questions about our place in the cosmos and about our relationship to what may transcend the cosmos. Such philosophical work requires an investigation into the nature and limit of human thought. Alongside this, ambitious projects, philosophy of religion have at least three factors that contribute to its importance for the overall enterprise of philosophy.
1.      Philosophy of religion addresses embedded social and personal practices therefore, it is relevant to practical concerns; its subject matter is not all abstract theory. Given facts the vast percentage of the world’s population is either aligned with religion or affected by religion, so philosophy of religion has a secure role in addressing people’s actual values and commitments.
2.      The Breadth of the philosophy of religion as a field of study is another important reason behind the importance of this field. There are few areas of philosophy that are shorn of religious implications.
3.      A third reason is historical. Most philosophers throughout the history of ideas, east and west, have addressed religious topics. It is notable that at the beginning of the 21stcentury, a more general rationale for philosophy of religion could be cited: it has enhanced cross-cultural dialogue. It has also contributed to the enhancement of communication between traditions, and between religions and secular institutions. However, it’ contribution to the field of religious and theology can never been overlooked.
The Questions Asked
There are very many important questions that are raised in the discipline of philosophy of religion; I feel the analyses of same would make us understand importance of this field and its relevance to our daily existence here. In random some of them are:
Is there a God? If there is, then what is he like? What does that mean for us to believe in him? What, if anything, would give us good reason to believe that a miracle has occurred? What is the relationship between faith and reason? What is the relationship between morality and religion? What is the status of religious language? Does petitionary prayer make sense? However, going beyond metaphysics, the philosophy of religion also addresses questions in areas such as epistemology, philosophy of language, philosophical logic, and moral philosophy, etc.  
Major Contributors of Philosophy of Religion
There are very many philosophers in the history of philosophy who has contributed a lot to the development of this discipline. Some of the major contributors so the historical periods are: St Anselm of Canterbury, St Thomas Aquinas, Aristotle, St Augustine of Hippo, Rene Descartes, Epicurus, Gaunilo of Marmoutiers, David Hume, Immanuel Kant, CS Lewis, John Stuart Mill, William Paley, Blaise Pascal, Plato, Bertrand Russell. The modern era too is blessed with very many others such as, Robert Adams, William Lane Craig, Brian Davies, Richard Dawkins, Antony Flew, John Hick, Michael Martin, Alvin Plantinga, Richard Swinburne, etc.

The disciple philosophy of religion has it relevance in the fast growing scientific and pragmatic world culture. It asks us to find rational and philosophical background for our beliefs and faith, which is very important for this century, to put into perspective the empirical and pragmatic views with our faith and religion

Three Habits of Good Student

All of us love to live long and remain young. One of the best ways to remain always young is to remain a student all through one’s life. The attitude of a student is always to learn something new and something innovative. The three essential habits for the same are:

  1. Reading: Read something new every day, sometimes a book, a novel, an article etc.
  2. Write: the second factor is to write something every day, some reflections about the day, or a comment on an incident that took place that day, something on the political scenario etc.
  3. By heart: another important factor in the life of a student is to keep the memory active and fresh, one of the best methods is to learn something by heart every day, maybe a sentence or a phone number etc.

Daily practice of these three without fail would form one a great student, now and always in life.

 

 

Desire

During a session for the youth at Don Bosco Mampetta I asked them to write down some of the desires that they have fulfilled in their lives. I was surprised by some of the answers. Some of them said

I had a desire to find the financial needs of my family for a day, and I achieved it.

Another said, I had the desire to help my father for farming, and I achieved it.

I felt very proud for the way they looked at life and they organized their time and energy for the fulfillment of the same.

As days going I realize more and more that there is a greater ethics that exist among the youth, but it is often so called mentors failed to realize it.

സന്യാസം

ജീവിതം നിരർത്ഥകമെന്നു തോന്നുന്ന വേളയിലെ ശൂന്യതയ്ക്കു മറുമരുന്നല്ല സന്യാസം. അത് ഒളിച്ചോട്ടമാണ്. എല്ലാ സാദ്ധ്യതകളുടെയും നിറവിൽ നിൽക്കുമ്പോഴും ആ സാദ്ധ്യതകൾ വേണ്ട എന്നു വെച്ചു കൊണ്ട് ഒരു പുതിയ സാദ്ധ്യതയെ തിരയുന്നതാണ് സന്യാസം. ദൈവത്തിനോടുള്ള ഉന്മാദപൂർണ്ണമായ പ്രണയം….
( ശരത് വെൺപാല, കുന്നിൻ മുകളിലെ കടൽ, 83)

Woman

The woman is an immeasurable blessing in the life of every person as a mother, sister and a wife. Often we fail to value their presence forgetting what we are today is just because of them.

Today, as we speak more and more about the dignity of women, especially on a day like this let us not forget the various moments of objectification that they go through in their daily life because of us men and lack of our sensitivity. The greatest gift that we can give them today is to promise that we shall treat every woman we meet as our mother and sister…

Happy Women’s Day

Thanks to every woman who have been part of my life…

 

സ്നേഹവും ഭയവും

സ്നേഹത്തിൻ ഭയത്തിന് ഇടമില്ല; പൂർണ്ണമായ സ്നേഹം ഭയത്തെ ബഹിഷ്കരിക്കുന്നു. കാരണം ഭയം ശക്ഷയക്കുറിച്ചാണ്. ഭയപ്പെടുന്നവൻ സ്നേഹത്തിൽ പൂർണ്ണനായിട്ടില്ല. (1 യോഹ. 4:18)

നമ്മുടെ ജീവിതത്തിലെ ബന്ധങ്ങൾ എന്തിൽ അധിഷ്‌ഠിതമാണ്?