Why do You Look for the Living among the Dead?

Do I believe that Christ is risen?

The lack of faith that I manifest in life at times questions my faith in Christ as a living God. Often He becomes just a psychological fulfilment rather than a living experience- living experience of a living person. 

May that is why I remain even after all these prayers and recollections without much change…

Book Review: Fruitful and Responsible Love

​Wojtyla, Karol. Fruitful and Responsible Love. St Paul’s Publications. ISBN 085439 159  2

Summary of the Book: Address given by Karol Woltyla, then Cardinal Archbishop of Cracow at the international Congress on family problems held at Milan in June 1978 to mark the tenth anniversary of Humanae Vitae.

My Views: The book approaches the key theme of the encyclical Humanae Vitae ‘fruitful and responsible love’ from a very pastoral point of view. I must say the book encourages the couples to take responsibility for themselves and their actions basing on the Love for each other. Love being the guiding principle one is led to do the right thing resecting each other. 

Though never stress on contraceptive means as something the wrong, the importance given to the explanation of Love makes one understand the right way of shaping ones life. 

Its quite am easy reading book. 

Marriage and Family

“Marriage and the family are invariably at the root of all the affairs of man and society. Although in itself it is, one might say, a most private concern, an affair of two persons, of husband and wife, and of the smallest social group, which they form together with their children, yet the fate of nations and continents, of humanity and of the Church depends upon it.”

John Paul II, Fruitful and Responsible Love.

Book Review: പ്രലോഭനങ്ങളേ വിട

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പുന്നത്തറ, ബെന്നി. പ്രലോഭനങ്ങളേ വിട. ISBN.  978-93-81796-97-9

Book Summary: വിശ്വാസ ജീവിതത്തിലെ പ്രലോഭനങ്ങളേ തിരിച്ചറിയാനും വരുതൽ നേടുവാനും സഹായിക്കുന്ന തികച്ചും വ്യത്യസ്തമായ ഒരു ഗ്രന്ഥം. ശാലോമിന്റെ ചരിത്രവുമായി ബന്ധപ്പെട്ട നിരവധി സംഭവങ്ങളുടെ പശ്ചാത്തലത്തിൽ വിശ്വാസ ജിവിതത്തെ ഉണർത്തുന്ന ദൈവപരിപലനയുടെ കഥകൾ.

ഇന്ത്യയിലെ ആദ്യത്തെ  ക്രിസ്തീയ ചാനലായ ശാലോം ടി.വി. മലബാറിലെ ഒരു കുഗ്രാമത്തിൽനിന്നും  സാധാരണക്കാരായ മനുഷ്യരുടെ വിശ്വാസത്തിലൂടെ രൂപം കൊണ്ട കഥ.

ശാലോം ടൈംസ്, സൺഡേ ശാലോം പത്രം എന്നിവയുടെ ആരംഭ ചരിത്രം.

ക്രൈസ്തവ മാധ്യമ ശുശ്രൂ ഷാരംഗത്ത് നൂതനപാതകൾ വെട്ടിത്തുറന്ന ബെന്നി  പുന്നത്തറയുടെ ആത്മകഥയും ശാലോo  ശുശ്രൂഷയുടെ ചരിത്രവും.

My Views: It is with quite a reservation that I took the book to read because of its title. However, it was a wonderful and growing experience I should say after the reading, especially in my spiritual life.

The book reveals the trust Mr. Benny had in the inspirations of the Christ. Even when the life seemed difficult, how an ordinary man trusted in the Lord.

The book also spells out the importance of a Spiritual Director who can guide you through. One can also notice that all good inspiration need not come from God always, so we need to always discern the will of God.

From me, its a must read….

Book Review:  കാറ്റിനോടൊപ്പം

മിച്ചൽ, മാർഗരറ്റ്. കാറ്റിനോടൊപ്പം. ഡി സി ബുക്സ്. ISBN. 978- 81-264-5 116-6

Book’s Summary: അമേരിക്കൻ ആഭ്യന്തര യുദ്ധത്തിന്റെ  പശ്ചാത്തലത്തിൽ എഴുതപ്പെട്ട സൃഷ്ടി. ഇതൊരു ചരിത്ര നേ വലല്ല, മറിച്ച് സ്കാർലറ്റ്    ഒ ഹാര എന്ന പെൺകുട്ടിയുടെ വൈകാരിക ജീവിത കഥയാണ്.

My Views: Margaret Mitchell in the famous book ‘Gone with the Wind’ explores the struggles that Scarlett had to go through to keep her family alive during the American Civil War. The higher value of life is stresses all through the story. The author has succeeded in keeping the value of life rather than anything in situations such as war internal struggles in the country. Books communicates to the readers about life and  its daily struggles.

Place of Worship

While I was reading this idea struck my attention…

In the early Church… In their attitude toward worship as in other respects, Christians stood apart from the pagan world. The place where they worshipped had no particular importance in itself – it was a large room in one of the member’s home; the whole focus was on the worshipping and praying community itself. 
May be good to reflect about it a while…

(Bokenkotter Thomas. A Concise History of the Catholic Church. NY: Image Books, 2005)

Traditions…

Its more than a month that I am in K JC. I am enjoying my life here.

Being here I feel the most often quoted word in the house is ‘tradition and tradition’. Whenever I hear this word the image that comes to my mind is of  Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, who attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions

However, in the beginning of the movie he makes this statement ‘Traditions, I will tell you how all that got started…., but I don’t know.’

Hopefully its communicating enough

Love an Identity

The early Christians were known for their Love for each other, people used to exclaim “Look how they love one another!” This love found expression in a multitude of activities. (Bokenkotter Thomas. A Concise History of the Catholic Church. NY: Image Books, 2005)

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Question:
? How are we identified as Christians today?
? What is the predominant character that we project in our lives?
? When we become mere Sunday Christians, what are we challenging?

Jesus

Interesting quote from the Jewish Scholar David Flusser

Jesus is the “only  Jew known to us from ancient times” who proclaimed that the “new age of salvation had already began.”
(Bokenkotter Thomas. A Concise History of the Catholic Church. NY: Image Books, 2005)

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