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
How will you define a leader?
In the light of things that happened today, especially during the mansoon matches @KJC (deatils will come soon) I feel like defining a leader as:
A person who has a vision for the people who are under his care and who is able to transform this vision into a mission through various activities.
May be better framed in negation, leader is a person who is not willing to act to make happy the majority/minority of the members of the group though knowing their demands are wrong and not worth of fighting for.
Pray that may our political, social and religious leaders may understand this great truth…
Punch: Justification can’t transform evil into good…
There is always Joy in being responsible for the responsibility of the other…
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.
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….
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.
Human beings live in society and have a defined moral life. Unlike other animals, we are able to reflect on and make judgments about our own and others actions so as to make moral choices. The choices that we make define ourselves. What choices do we make in a Cyber space, where you are invisible to the other. What are the set of moral and principles that we can follow in situations such as these. However the blind application of the old set values to a new medium (cyber space) becomes the biggest challenge that we face in our age as parents and teachers.
The article titled ‘RESPONSIBLE RELATIONSHIP: A WAY FORWARD IN THE DIGITAL AGE’ is a proposed way forward in such situations. The article bases itself on the ethical philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas and his concept of relationship and the other.
Click to read the fulll article: RESPONSIBLE RELATIONSHIP: A WAY FORWARD IN THE DIGITAL AGE
It is Winston Churchill who aptly and wisely said, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” The recent happenings in India in relation to the release of “India’s Daughter,” a documentary film directed by Leslee Udwin and that discusses the story of the horrific Delhi gang rape of December 2012, shows light into the attitude of Indian men towards women. Leslee Udwin, the director in an interview to The Guardian revealed that the brutal attitudes of men towards women in India truly shocked her. Anyone who had a look at the documentary will agree with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon who commented over some of the comments as ‘really unspeakable’. I feel, being deeply moved by the documentary, it is high time to stop the blame game and to move towards detailed action plans.
The attitude of Indian Men
It is not true that all men are bad, but the few who bear the label are good enough to do maximum harm. Let us take a look at few comments from the documentary that speaks for itself. Continue reading “Attitudes – That need to change”
The third millennium is going to be . The process of change set in motion by the modern technology is so rapid that the criteria to evaluate its far-reaching consequences are becoming ever complex. Trying to define Technology, in the contemporary world, interestingly, there is only one thing that most people agree about concerning technology: that it is important. Continue reading “Guidelines for A Millennium of Technology”
Often, attending classes and seminars used to be collection of materials for my ministry or future classes. Last days even when I was reading a book, I was thinking the same (I can use these reflections later when I have a chance).
It so struck me today that these helps are for me to work upon myself, rather than to pass it on to somebody just by words alone. If I can assimilate these qualities in my life through personal reflection and continued efforts, my life will proclaim them (the qualities) louder than the words that I would be able to use.
Every change begins with the change of hearts, not by the mere words uttered.
The humanity is called to face the most arduous and worst challenge after its origin as homosapiens. It is high time that we acknowledge some ecological truth, that we are turning our home, the only life sustaining system known to us, into a wasteland. It is very well notified by the scientific community that the present day crises are human made. The currant environmental stresses have lot to do with the human dealings. The one time cordial man- environmental relationship has marred due to increased human greed, prominence of materialism, individualism and egoism which led to the ruthless use and misuse of nature, irresponsible attitude of technology etc. In fact he anthropocentrism has led the man to the miss conception of the universe as his right to exploit. Continue reading ” ECOLOGICAL IMBALANCES: A CRISIS OF THE THIRD MILLENNIUM”
Book Review: Yousafzai, Malala with Christina Lamb. I am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban.
Yousafzai, Malala with Christina Lamb. I am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban. ISBN 0316322407.
Source: From a Friend
The book I am Malala, describes the life and undertakings of Malala, the girl who was shot by the Taliban. Though an ordinary girl deep love for knowledge and for her nation has led her to take courageous stands for the educations of herself and numerous girls along with her from the Talibanised Swat. The book comes forth as an autobiography, though it is clear that she has been helped to write it. Continue reading “I am Malala”
Love one another as I have loved you, the greatest commandment of the lord to his followers. Love is a decision to nature, to take care.
Once a boy asked the teacher
“Sir what is the difference between ‘like’ and ‘love’?
Socrates thought for a while and said
“When you ‘like’ a flower, you just pluck it. But when you ‘love’ a flower, you water it daily” Continue reading “Greatness of Love Marriage!!!”
“I do not attempt, O Lord, to penetrate Thy profundity, for I deem my intellect in no way sufficient there unto, but I desire to understand in some degree Thy truth, which my heart believes and loves. For I do not seek to understand, in order that I may believe; but I believe, that I may understand. For I believe this too, that unless I believed, I should not understand.”
It is really a wonderful prayer of St. Anselm. I feel, I really need to make it my own. The faith is much greater than the realm of understanding though I do not grasp it.
Book Review: The Awareness: A de Mello Spirituality Conference in His Own Words
De Mello, Anthony. Awareness: A de Mello Spirituality Conference in His Own Words. London: Harper Collins Publishers, 1990. ISBN: 0 00 627519-2
It was quite delicious time that I spent with The Awareness: A de Mello Spirituality Conference in His Own Words in self-reflection and mediation. The book presents the reflections of Fr. Anthony De Mello SJ in his own live words sustaining the spontaneity of the author. In editing J Francis Stroud SJ has done an excellent job not to lose the real sense of Anthony.
The book can be summarized as ‘the message of awareness’ where one seeing the light realizes what we are to ourselves and to others. The author leads one to look into the self to see the person as he is, form a psychological point of view, accepting what we are (really), one is guided and helped to reach the real “I”. The egoistic ‘me’ becomes the real challenge to the process of self-awareness. It also helps one to discover that the problems in the world are not outside of the self rather it is the self. The unresolved psychological wounds become unanswerable behaviors in past. It exhorts us to be healed healer.
However, exaggerating independence of the self can lead to a negative reaction. At times the author even go to the extent to say that all what I am depends on me (not on the person with whom I live, and the situations), my happiness and joy are just my creation. May be true in the ideal situations but facing the realities of life the situations seems to be different. It is also true to say awareness is the most difficult goal that one has to achieve in his life.
But a wonderful reading and self-transforming book.