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
Today, we do not find things that are religious rather we are called to make every action of ours religious.
“While the Salvation of the Soul is the end of religion, the Discovery of Truth is the object of Philosophy.”
- S Radhakrishnan
A beautiful Quote on Philosophy and Religion…
What good can come from Albania?, a mostly asked question proves meaningless looking at its political and religious history. Continue reading “What Albania can teach the world?”
Looking for the word in the dictionary one will feel that India is not a secuar country. Why? Because secular would mean a tendency, especially a system of political or social philosophy that rejects all forms of religious faith and worship. But for India secularism would mean an equal treatment of all religions by the state. It is unlike the Western concept of secularism which envisions a separation of religion and state. The concept of secularism in India envisions acceptance of religious laws as binding on the state, and equal participation of state in different religions.
With the 42nd Amendment of the Constitution of India enacted in 1976, the Preamble to the Constitution asserted that India is a secular nation. However, neither India’s constitution nor its laws define the relationship between religion and state. The laws implicitly require the state and its institutions to recognize and accept all religions and respect pluralism. India does not have an official state religion. The people of India have freedom of religion, and the state treats all individuals as equal citizens regardless of their religion. So one is free to believe in the religion which he thinks is best for him. However it also provides equal opportunity to not do so. Yet it is and individuals decision. (http://en.wikipedia.org/)
Then why am I writing this an article in today’s The Hindu struck me very much. It was titled “BJP, Parivar outfits to intensify campaign against ‘love jihad’.” However it sounds quite ok each one has the right express him/herself. The most shoking aspect was written at the end of the news which spoke about a re-conversion of people into Hinduism.
Certain “Mr Singh” said in December 23rd and 25th they will convert Muslims and Christians into Hinduism. Whatever may be his intention is to make a statement of this kind is quite embarrassing and shocking, especially when the political power India is in their hands.
India become secular only when each one can express him/herself freely in the religion which he/she likes, if there is any encroachment to it I feel the question needs to be asked louder and louder “Is India a Secular Country?” to protect the unique identity we have.
It is very true…
We need priest and without them????
Lets Pray for them
This morning I was reading a book written by Fr. Anthony de Mello, namely Awareness. Thinking with the author I did feel that most often we do lot of renunciations to improve up on our life, be it spiritual, physical or psychological. Or we may be working up a bad habit of ours, but sadly nothing changes for good and often become worse. We get into depression and guilt feeling.
The author says anytime you are practicing renunciation you are deluded. When you renounce something, you are stuck to it forever. When you fight something, you are tied to it forever. As long as you fight it, you are giving power to it. The power you use to fight is the power given to it.
Then what is the way out, the only way to work on ourselves is to grow into a stage of understanding. If we understand then we will drop the desire for what is not good. Until we understand, however we try we hold on to it with knowledge or without.
I feel this answer to many of the struggles that I have when I am working on myself. I am strong only when am ready to be challenged and weakened.
At Weekly Audience, Reflects on the Role of the Foster Father of Jesus
ROME, – During his weekly General Audience, Pope Francis reflected on St. Joseph, whose feast day is today. The Holy Father dedicated his catechesis to St. Joseph’s role as guardian of the Holy Family, a role that is an example to both fathers and educators.
“Let us look at Joseph as a model of an educator, who guards and accompanies Jesus in his path of growth ‘in wisdom, age and grace’, the Pope said. The Holy Father reflected on these three aspects of the foster father of Christ: wisdom, age and grace.
Beginning with age, the Pope said that Joseph cared for Jesus, making sure that He did not lack anything for a healthy development. “Let us not forget that the faithful care of the life of the Child also entailed the flight into Egypt, the hard experience of living as refugees to escape the threat of Herod,” he said. St. Joseph’s care of Jesus, the Pope continued, included teaching Jesus his work of carpentry.
Regarding the second aspect, wisdom, the Holy Father said that the Joseph was an example and master of the wisdom of the fear of the Lord. This fear is not based on apprehension of being scared, but on sacred respect and obedience to the will of God.
“Jesus is full of wisdom, because he is the Son of God, but the Heavenly Father relied on the collaboration of Saint Joseph so that His Son would grow ‘full of wisdom.”
In the final aspect of grace, the Pope said that Joseph educated the Child Jesus to grow in grace in a unique way. “In fact,” he noted, “he married the woman who was ‘full of grace’, and he knew well that Jesus was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
“Therefore, in this field of grace, his educational work consisted in assisting the action of the Spirit in the heart and life of Jesus, in tune with Our Lady.”
The Pope went on to say that in this dimension of grace, St. Joseph educated Christ primarily with the example of a ‘just man’, who knows that salvation does not come from the observance of the law, but by the grace of God, of his love and faithfulness.”
Pope Francis gave a special recognition to all the fathers present in St. Peter’s Square, congratulating them “on their day.”
“I ask for you the grace to always remain very close to your children, letting them grow, but close to them. They need you, your presence, your closeness, your love. You are like St. Joseph to them: guard their growth in age, wisdom and grace,” he said.
Concluding his address, the Pope led the faithful in praying the Our Father for all fathers, especially those who have passed from this life. “May St. Joseph bless you and accompany you,” he said. (J.A.E.)