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  1. 1. PPPPPrajwalanarajwalanarajwalanarajwalanarajwalana The Society was suppressed in 1773, but Suppression did not mean total disaster or destitution for the Society of Jesus. Not many gave up their vocation or yielded to the allurements of the opposing forces to join a national society. Some exercised their ministry as diocesan priests; some continued their research as physicists, astronomers or cartographers etc. Others continued to live their Jesuit Charism in small communities under other names; some others founded religious congregations of women and assisted them as chaplains. But in their heart of hearts many of them, we could say, were almost singing the words of the hymn: Though the mountains may fall and the hills turn to dust, yet the love of the Lord will stand!They had a fond hope that one day the Society would rise from the ashes, and that hope was not belied. We remember those burning words of that un-named Jesuit at the time of the Suppression: "I will remain forever in your Company, O Jesus, with neither Pope nor Satan able to hinder me!" One should not look at the Suppression in the tradition of the anti-Jesuit Prejudice. Cardinal Manning in a private diary in 1889, nearing the end of his life, writes, "I wish to put down carefully my Judgment as to the Society of Jesus, because I have often been thought and said to be opposed to it." He sets out the grounds forhispersonalspiritualindebtednesstotheJesuits,and says with perfect clarity: "I have had none of the traditional anti-Jesuit prejudices." Furthermore, he sees the establishment of the Society of Jesus in 1540 as a 'Creation of God by St Ignatius, raised up for a special work,' but he still sees the suppression of the Society as 'a work of our divine Master on behalf of the Church.' His grounds for saying so are that 'there can be no doubt that the Society's corporate action has been excessive,' whereas 'no society can take the place of the divine order of the universal Church." Imageries: The Society of Jesus is the work of the Spirit: In the words of Gamaliel "If this plan or this work is of men, it will be overthrown;but if it be of God, no one can overthrow it (Acts: 5:38-39)" hold to be true. IMAGERIES OF THE SUPPRESSION The Seed: In order to become a tree, a seed has to die to itself and give rise to new life. The Society of Jesus had its struggle during the stages of Suppression and now this huge tree has grown marvelouslyamidstallitsdifficulties. Stage of Hibernation: This is found amidst many animalsandespeciallysnakes.Itispracticallyadeath like stage with the lowest metabolic activity. The Society was not exterminated fully. A stalk was left that sprouted and grew and developed until it became the mighty tree it had once been. Most certainly, fortuitous historical circumstances made it possible, but the "Resurrection" was due above alltothesturdylifethat remainedburiedintheearth as though in hibernation. The Mythical Bird, Phoenix: The Phoenix survives for a hundred years. Thereafter it flies to Phoenicia and burns into the fire. From the ashes of that fire a new Phoenix bird emerges. In the same way the Society of Jesus during the time of Suppression was dead and now has risen again from Ashes. The Caterpillar and the beautiful Butterfly: The stage of a caterpillar is unique to a Butterfly. One day a beautiful butterfly emerges from that ugly looking caterpillar. It is a stage of transition. The Society of Jesus through the Suppression has undergone such a transition. An Eagle: An Eagle's lifespan is about 70 years. During its 40th year it undergoes a stage of dying. If it survives this period it emerges still strong and continues to live for the next 30 years. The Society has come through its phase to go ever strong ahead. Each institution has its problems. Everyone suffers in one way or the other during their life time. One's life is not a bed of roses; each has its time and occasion. These symbols are just imageries. One should not take them literally. But, the work of the Society goes on and will go on in the years to come. Sch Pradeep Crasta, SJ Page 03
  2. 2. PPPPPrajwalanarajwalanarajwalanarajwalanarajwalana SHARDSSHARDSSHARDSSHARDSSHARDS A mind that never rests A love that never tests A scar that'll always scare An eye that blinds A body that pines A wind that ever blows A secret never told A job well planned but half done A journey that never ends A sight that smirks A fact that was never proved A kiss that's never conveyed A tear that tingled A blood that rotted A wish never said And a life that is loved but never fully lived Clasping all these shards of imperfection My shadow leans on a broken wall As I take a bow in an empty hall Hallucinating that someone seated there knows it all Sch Martin Joseph, SJ IN THE MIDDLEIN THE MIDDLEIN THE MIDDLEIN THE MIDDLEIN THE MIDDLE "We want Justice Down, down Rulers down We want Justice" Right in the middle I stand Colours, dark and black in the hand Sticks and placards also in the hands Gathered heads are thousand in number Forgetting, their thirst and hunger Fight ever goes on Battle never cools down 'Stop this shame, no more rapes' Words were carved on woman's face Sun rays do join in the fight For people fear the dark and the night 'Land was mine, help me regain' Cries aloud the farmer, with all the pain Children carry long faces of burden Because,outthey'rethrownoftheirgarden Protesters increase in kinds and types They never Lose They never Gain They never Stop I ask myself standing there "Am I worthy to be in the middle?" Sch Leston Lobo, SJ Page 04 FRIENDS FOREVER I walked far away from beyond the shore Intotheseaofnightmaretoreturnnomore My heart was sad and pestilential After all the drama it seemed to me That it was not worth my credentials In what my friend has done, my heart gambles me right I know that my faith holds me tight It has called me home in a voice so familiar I am sure that it will set ablaze my fading fire Oh! But I experienced something very gentle and calm It was His pardoning love that made me feel warm It is the love and assurance, which cleared the cloud Thus allowed me to sing the psalm of life aloud All that I have and possess is His gift to me It is He who provided them generously But never did I realize that, until He said, "Sorry, my dear,You are more than a friend" Dear friend, it is through You, You alone that the dreams for life were laid My journey You mapped and made It is You who were there at my side Forever me to lead and guide I am glad to have such a companion like You To a life that is valued as Your own Your love, concern and smile are the pillars To a life that is weak and fragile Sch Noel Nazareth, SJ
  3. 3. PPPPPrajwalanarajwalanarajwalanarajwalanarajwalana Experts say that this is a typical 'Francis Document.' Unlike Lumen Fidei where Pope Francis did not add much to what his predecessor had to say, this one clearly emphasises the thoughts and ideas of the new Pontiff. For a man who is widely known as the 'Peoples Pope,' this Apostolic Exhortation bears plentiful witness to the role of people in the Church today. At least in three places in the document the Pope says, "We have to bring Jesus to every street, to every town square and to every corner of the earth." Now that is where an Evangelizer will truly get the 'smell of the sheep.' The Pope focuses on a Church that is decentralized and I welcome this initiative. The missionary dimension has been stressed and a fresh breath has gushed forth into the Church with the coming of the new Shepherd. He says, "The Church is in a permanent state of Mission and we are all Missionaries." The word Missionary makes me recall to mind that text of the Gospel where Jesus sends his disciples with no bag, no leather belt, no copper coins, no extra pair of sandals and no spare tunic but only a staff, totally depending on God to lead His people. The words, "Shake the dust off your feet," remind us that we have to let the dust of the earth touch our sandals and our feet once again by moving out from the comfort zones that we have settled in, into the world awaiting us outside. The Pope calls us to go to those places where the need for the light and the life of the Risen Christ is the greatest. That is the true meaning of sharing, the Joy of the Gospel. We are called upon to take God to those corners of the world where no one has ever reached, to those EVANGELII GAUDIUM - THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL people who cannot repay us anything and in anyway and to make our faith and the poor the inseparable faces of the same coin. The Pope is well informed about the challenges we face in our world today and he enumerates them as follows: an economy of exclusion, the idolatry of money, inequality and injustice resulting in violence, the throwaway culture of abortion, rising individualism, young adults afraid to make a commitment to marriage and family life, human trafficking, abuse and an inculturation of faith. I admire the Pastoral concern of the Pope especially when he shows his sympathies to the last, the least and the lost of society. He gives in his Exhortation simple yet practical guidelines to preach a good homily and he understands the plight of the Pastoral workers. I am very appreciative of this. This Exhortation is an invitation for us to personalize the word and to heed to the cry of the poor. To establish the Kingdom of God is a challenge. I am reminded of Oscar Romero's prayer: We can establish only a part of the Kingdom during our lifetime. God invites us to a creative fidelity springing up from a deep concern to give ourselves to the vulnerable. We have to be realists in this regard by having a deep personal encounter with Jesus so that we can be missionaries to spread the Joy of the Gospel to the ends of the universe. Sch Ryan Rodrigues, SJ Contd. from Page 01... We are called to follow the message of Jesus, "So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today's worry is enough for today."(Mt 6:34) We are thus called to live in the present and make the best out of it. As we live our lives, we have the freedom to express it to the full. As William W. Purkey would put it, "You've got to dance like there's nobody watching, love like you'll never be hurt, sing like there's nobody listening and live like it's heaven on earth." Why then waste this short life by being depressed, angry, selfish, impatient, and insecure? Rather, live a life reconciled with yourself and with others. After all we have only one life to live. As Mae West would say, "You live only once, but if you do it right, once is enough." Finally, "To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate the beauty; to find the best in others; to give the best of one's self; to make the world a bit better place, to play and laugh with enthusiasm and sing with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because of you - this is to have succeeded in your life" (Bessie Anderson Stanley). Sch Vishwas Misquith, SJ Page 05
  4. 4. PPPPPrajwalanarajwalanarajwalanarajwalanarajwalana STSTSTSTST. PETER FABER. PETER FABER. PETER FABER. PETER FABER. PETER FABER O Saint Favre, Pray for us For you are the icon of our faith It'syouwhobuiltpeople'sfaithinloveandcompassion And took them to Christ with renewed vision and mission Although a great scholar, chose to preach To save souls for Christ as a humble guide You saw the lack of moral fervour in people And so you enthused them to live by faith O you are the first Jesuit Priest To lead others in the way of Christ Obedience was your hallmark and principle For it even caused your death Giving Spiritual Exercises was your pleasure To keep people ever closer to Christ Jesus You are a great model for all of us To remain in Christ's love forever Be a source of strength in our weakness, O Favre Help us to radiate our life for Christ alone, O Pray for us. Sch Joyson Vas, SJ FFFFFALL AND RISEALL AND RISEALL AND RISEALL AND RISEALL AND RISE Centuries ago a fire was lit Good news, the fire contained in it Inigo it was, kindled other fires farther Spreadtofrontiers,sparksmovedhigher Darkness prevailed, winds roared Wickedness and cunning plots up soared Arrogance of sparks' men rendered a blow Glow of fire bluntly made low Abandoned a few in silence Yet continued the spark its essence Remained many with patience Waited in hope with His assurance Great he was, brought together men all The dawn arisen, to live droning call Back again the fire with renewed vigour Spread much faster blazing hearts in rigour Why, have we ever asked, it shattered Lowly it began, spread afar, as the Master wanted Good news needs sparks of humility Scaling greater heights with serenity Sch Vishwas Misquith, SJ LAUGH! One cold winter's day in Bethlehem, just after he had been born, Jesus is lying asleep in the manger. Awaking from his nap, he opens his eyes, sees the ox and the ass standing beside him, and thinks to himself, "So this is the Company of Jesus!" Never lend a geologist money. They think a short term loan is a million years. I don't find it hard to meet expenses. They're everywhere. "Human use, population, and technology have reached that certain stage where mother Earth no longer accepts our presence with silence." - Dalai Lama XIV Don't be afraid to stand for what you believe in, even if that means standing alone... ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ Page 06 ***** *****
  5. 5. PPPPPrajwalanarajwalanarajwalanarajwalanarajwalana The words of Pope Julius III, in his approval of the Formula of the Institute in 1550 come to my mind, 'The finger of God is here,' refer to the Society of Jesus. Amidst the rising resistance and opposition, there were still a few hands to come to the rescue of the Society. Catharine II of Russia and Frederick II of Prussia were impressed so favourably by the work of the Jesuits as educators that they forbade the Bishops to publish the decree of Suppression in their territories. In 1776 an agreementwasarrivedat,betweenPiusVIandFrederick II, according to which the Jesuits in the Prussian territory were to be disbanded formally and were to lay aside their dress, but they were permitted to continue under a different name to direct the colleges which they possessed. The Empress Catherine II of Russia continued till her death to protect the Society. In 1778 she insisted upon erecting a novitiate, for which oral permission seems to have been given by Pius VI. In the other countries many Jesuits laboured as secular priests, while some others united themselves to form a congregation known as the Fathers of the Faith (1797), and others still,the congregation of the Fathers of the Sacred Heart. In 1803 the English Jesuit community at Stonyhurst was allowed to affiliate themselves to the Russian congregation; in 1804 the Society was re- established with the permission of Pius VII in Naples, and in 1814, the Pope issued the Bull, ‘Sollicitudo Omnium Ecclesiarum’ formally re-establishing the Society. A Critical View: Suppressing the Society of Jesus is no wonder, one of the most memorable events of the 18th century, in the history of the Church. In the common view then, the Society was holier and more useful to societythanmanyotherreligiousorderofthetime. But fallen victim to some selfish minds, the Society had to be suppressed. Barring a few incidents, I personally believe that A SPRING IN THE OASIS the Society was committed to the Formula of its Institute, which cost them. Even a divinely assisted venture, is not free from suffering. Yet the Lord will have his own ways to take care of his work. Has the suppression, in reality brought down the spirit of the Society? In my opinion, it has energized the Society, and made it even firmer in its commitment. Thus I would find the suppression more as a blessing than a curse. I would call it, divine will, though denied by several historians. GC 32, Decree 4 says that the mission of the Society today is the service of Faith of which promotion of Justice is an absolute requirement. GC 34,decreeonmissiononce again stresses its commitment to justice. I infer from this, that the Society despite the struggles in the course of history has not compromised its foundational values. This makes me feel proud to belong to this Society. And I would further add, even if this noble standofoursgivescausetosuppression,we should not be worried, because ours is a missionary body and we need to remain faithful to it. The Society was a noble venture in the Church, which owing to the selfish humans was once killed and buried, but God raised it up as it was His Society. Rejuvenated by its struggles, it is a voice that works for the least of society. Thus the suppression should never be seen as a negative event; rather, it should always encourage us Jesuits to work with even greater fervor; we know now for sure, that the ‘finger of God is here;’ that is, our Society is willed by God and he will take care of it. On our part, it's a call to be faithful and committed. Sch Rayan Lobo, SJ Page 07
  6. 6. PPPPPrajwalanarajwalanarajwalanarajwalanarajwalana Musicians don't retire; they rather stop only when thereisnomoremusicleftinthem.Somehavethetalent to preach using words, yet others let people hear by their lifestyle. Fr Walter Albuquerque preaches the good news through music. He has added symphony to the melody of devotional songs by his great contribution to the coastal region of Karnataka. Uncovering the great aura hidden in Konkani liturgical hymns by drawing it from Latin and English, Fr Walter has succeeded in inspiring our generation. He is a renowned musician of our times. His enthusiasm and sense of humour are remarkable. The well known Mand Sobann Group of Mangalore has bestowed upon him the Life time Achievement Award for Konkani Music coincidentally on his 90th Birthday (8 Dec 2013). He is rightly known as the Dhovi Kogul, the White Nightingale. Born in 1923 into a God-fearing musical family at Bejai, Mangalore, he grew up seeing three of his uncles and two of his cousins already become Priests. Their example inspired him to choose priestly lifelater.Butitwasnoneotherthan Fr Denis Albuquerque Pai SJ who inspired him to become a Jesuit. Music for him was not something that just sprouted in the Jesuit Novitiate. His cousin Mr John Sequeira who was the choir master of Bejai parish taught him to read and sing musical notations and use the keyboard in his tender days of adolescence. This ultimately made him the lead singer in the Parish Choir. But it was the encouragement of his Novice Master in the novitiate, Fr Aldo Patroni that gave him the necessary boost to pursue music. As a young Jesuit scholastic, wherever he was, he was made the Choirmasterortheorganist.Thismadehimgetengulfed into the musical world. In the Pre-Vatican era, everything was just GregorianchantandLatinmusic.AfterVaticanIIbrought in transformation in the Church, he too was inspired to transform the experience of Liturgical music. This led to the emergence of hymns in English and other vernacular languages with Fr Walter as God's instrument. His love for music was so much that He could not but take his scooter with the accordion and a bag on his back and go to convents and schools and distant Parishes of the Diocese, to share the message of Jesus using his God-given talent. It was a challenging venture. His amiable personality and self-sacrificing dedication attracted people to the church and to the Lord. The people of Mangalore began singing new hymns in a very short time, and that delighted him. That brought him great joy and gave true meaning to his ministry. Hebelievesthathisreligiouslifeisacallofahumble string that needs fine tuning to produce a soothing melody in God's hand. To be fine tuned, for him, means to be ready to do God's will, asking himself, "what does God want me to do, in the here and now?" "Share whatever you have with others,"isthemaximofhislife, as sharing brings contentment tomanyheartsthatareinpain. When asked about the secret of his long life, he smiles and says, 'Keep breathing and keep giving.' His fidelity to the daily Eucharist and willingness to share his talent with others inspires many a youngster even now. He is a friend, a brother to many who come to him. He finds joy in teaching them to discover their talent of music. His glowing smile accompanies him wherever he goes. His Mantra of life is: "Music can change lives." He once said, "By praising the kindness of God through music one learns to be kind to others." Fr Walter Albuquerque is the recipient of several awards: Sandesha Award for Konkani Music (2011), Team Exotica Music Award (2011), Kala Poshak Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award (2013) from Mand Sobann, just to name a few. We salute you, Father, for your splendid love and dedication to music. May your students who are thousandsinnumberandspreadallovertheglobe,keep continuing your rich legacy! Sch Lancy Fernandes, SJ DHOVI KOGUL - FR WALTER ALBUQUERQUE SJ Page 08
  7. 7. PPPPPrajwalanarajwalanarajwalanarajwalanarajwalana I was a tiny plant growing in a deserted place. I took refuge in the shadow of my friend the ‘Thorny bush.’ One fine day, I heard the gentle steps of God approaching me. God camenearmeandlaidhisgentlehand on my leaves. He held me by the stem and began to uproot me. I was afraid. I cried out in fear, "What are you going to do with me?" I held the soil tight with my roots. I was angry and afraid, for, once I am taken out I would be able to live no more. I reproached God. But God with his gentle hand took me with Him. He replanted me beside the flowing stream. It was rich in manure and full of living water. I had everything I needed for life. Lily my tall new friend cared for me and helped me to better myself. My Lord came to see me every day. His gentle touch and sweet voice overwhelmed me with love for him. I asked him, "Why did you choose only me when there were so many better than me?" "Of course", he nodded and said, "they are better than you, but you are not the same as they", and he added, "You are unique and precious to me." I burst into tears, and exclaimed, "LORD, MAKE ME A CHANNEL OF YOUR LOVE!" Sch Ashwil Lobo, SJ HE PLANTED ME.... "My heart leapt with joy, WhenIsawthenewstarshiningbrightly inthesky[BirthofS.J.on27thSep1540] I was overwhelmed with joy, When I saw it, spreading its light in the sky" BUT ONCE... I stood still, speechless; Then I saw the thick clouds covering the new star [Suppression of S.J. on Jan 8th -1773] My heart was broken, my dreams were shattered and tears rolled down my cheeks. There was someone who came to wipe my tears. Then I stood firm hoping for the star to shine once again. The clouds covered the star completely in 1773, thanks to Pope Clement IX and some other powerful Kings and Cardinals. So many Jesuit stars lost their identity, many quit the Society of Jesus and a few others joined other religious orders. "What a heart-breaking tragedy! Oh! My star...." But at this crucial time, in France there appeared a mighty thunder and lightning, which destroyed the thick clouds. As a result, on 7 August, 1814, the same clouds poured down in the form of rain. The mighty thunder and lightning was none other than St. Joseph Pignatelli, themanwhorebuilttheSocietybydestroyingtheclouds that were blocking the star. OH! MY STAR, JESUIT STAR Contd. on Page 12... Plastics! Plastics! Plastics! Human beings created it. In the year 3000, the earth was completely covered with plastics. People had everything made out of different varieties of plastics, like plastic houses, plastic books, plastic vehicles etc. People didn't know how to disposethemoffandasaresult,plasticsbecameathreat toalllivingbeings.Peoplestarteddying,whentheycame in contact with plastics. In 3001, scientists discovered that plastics generated peculiar kinds of viruses that destroyed all organisms. They named it 'Plastic-virus.' Plastic-virus was highly resistant to fight any kind of anti- virus. Therefore there was a terrible death-toll. Scientists gathered at 'NASA' to make a serious study on this Plastic- virus. They found out that plastic-virus was unavoidable. Therefore they came up with a brilliant idea of creating an insect which could eat up varieties of plastics and give out 'organic substances.' These organic substances were eco-friendly. Experts were invited to create the 'DNA' of this insect. Finally they created a new breed of insect called 'plastisect.' PLASTICS Contd. on Page 12... Page 09
  8. 8. PPPPPrajwalanarajwalanarajwalanarajwalanarajwalana Information is power. A reflective person who is well informed can be considered powerful or influential. Media houses in our country keep the administration and the political class constantly alert. Whistleblowers rattle and bring down governments or threaten those in the wrong. In our day-to-day life too, we are in need of information not only to ensure that our tasks are properly done, but also to protect our interests. The light of information can expose the dark spots in any system and help clear ambiguity. Right to Information Act 2005, popularly known as RTI Act, was passed by the Indian parliament in May 2005. It has empowered every citizen of India, whether literate or otherwise, to have access to information that protects their interests from any "public authority." The primary intention of the act is to promote transparency and accountability among those in public service. The preamble of the Act rightly observes that "Democracy needs an informed citizenry." What is RTI and why has it created ripples in the working of the administrative machinery in India? The Act empowers you, the citizen of India, to obtain any information from any 'public authority' which refers to a government run organization. In order to access the information an application must be filed with the Central/State Public Information Officer (PIO) appointed for every public authority. The application fee is just Rs 10, but the application must be in writing. The Act states that those who are not able to write must be given assistance by the PIO's in making a written application. The information applied for, must be provided to the applicant within 30 days of presenting the application, but if the information relates to life and liberty of persons, it must be providedwithin48hours.Therearesome limits as to what type of information could be accessed under the RTI. For example, cabinet papers, information related to security and sovereignty of India, information on private lives of individuals, trade and business secrets, information related to security agencies like CRPF, ITBP, Crime branch, information received in confidence from foreign governments, etc. are not to be covered under the RTI. Every law or rule brought into force must be enforced by certain bodies created for that purpose. The task of ensuring that Indian citizens derive full benefit of the RTI Act is done by the Central Information Commission (CIC) established at the Central level in Delhi, and by the State Information Commission (SIC) at the State level. The person 'in charge' of the Central Information Commission is the Chief Information Commissioner who plays a very crucial role. At present Ms Deepak Sandhu is the first woman to hold this position. It was the former RTI chief Sri Satyananda Mishra who recently created quite a flutter in the Indian political world by ordering that all the political parties must be brought under the ambit of the RTI. Most political parties in India have opposed this order and created a lot of repercussion. The open opposition clearly states their unwillingness to allow their affairs to be open to free public scrutiny. We can rightly conclude how much the political class fears the RTI. These recent developments indicate the power of RTI "in containing corruption" and in "holding the government accountable to the governed." The Right to Information Act has actually turned out to be an effective weapon in the hands of citizens. But its usefulness and effectiveness rests on its being used for the benefit of the public and not for serving ulterior motives. The public would benefit greatly if they are educated as to how the Act can be beneficially used for their welfare. Aldous Huxley states, "The great end of life is not knowledge but action." Having access to information is not enough. Information must open the eyes of the people, empower them and unite them against unjust systems that mar true progress. The Right to information Act will have served its purpose if it spurs the public to act with true knowledge and understanding. Sch Praveen Martis, SJ YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW Page 10
  9. 9. PPPPPrajwalanarajwalanarajwalanarajwalanarajwalana On 19 May 1521 a French cannon stood firm facing towards the army of Spain. A solid metal was on its mark to fly over the Spanish band of soldiers. There was an outstanding figure, full of vigour and determination who desirednameandfame.Hewas none other than Inigo Lopez de Loyola. This cannon ball was made for him, for the world and for the Church. It struck hislegandthrewhimtotheground.Thunderandmisery pierced the vanity of the valiant soldier Inigo. God used this cannon ball to set forth a new beginning. Thus all his worldly ambitions and desires withered away. In 1714 a document 'Dominus ac Redemptor' hit againsttheSocietylikethecannonballthatstruckInigo's army. Everything looked shattered. The heart of the Society was wounded. The Society had been growing in There was a heavy downpour at midnight. I was up by 6 o'clock in the morning. I left home for a brisk walk. I met my friend who joined me for the same.Along the way, we shared experiences of our school days. While sharing, we heard a knocking sound; and we were bewildered. It stopped for a while and surfaced again. The sounds came from amidst the trees. We thought it was a woodpecker and were quite excited to see it. As we moved forward, to our dismay, we saw a woodcutter chopping the branch of a tree. On that very branch, a bulbul had a nest. The bulbul was screaming, for it had its young ones in it. Stop, Stop... We cried. The bird did join us in our cry. But to no avail, the woodcutter turned a deaf ear. My friend's father was a Police Officer. We thought it better to keep tranquillityandrichness.Butevilcould not bear its prosperous growth. It hit the minds of kings, cardinals and great authorities,andfinallypresenteditself like a bomb shell that broke the Society into pieces.Thousands of Jesuits withered away but some, filled with the spirit of God, brought forth a new spirit into the Society which lives even today. This breakthrough brought newness. It was God's will that we had to come to life again with renewed vigour and zeal for the Church and its people. The suppression and the restoration stand like two great teachers, both giving us valuable lessons and providing us with the true spirit and protection. Let us become aware that we Jesuits are reviled as devils and also revered as saints. It is a great privilege to live in such a company, for the Greater Glory of God, and for His mission. Sch Joswin Pereira, SJ DISASTER AND TRANSFORMATION TREES ON EARTH: BOON OR BANE? him posted. Uncle Ravi turned up within a few minutes. He questioned the woodcutter, and finding no specific reasons for his action, warned him. We were overjoyed for having saved the life of those birds and also thetree.Atthatmoment,Iheardacry, "Noel, Wake up, it's time." The voice was probably of my mother. It was a dream. Only some dreams come true, but some others teach us lessons for life. Deforestation reduces the amount of oxygen produced by trees. The more we have greenery around us, the saferweare.Oneofthecausesfortherecentflashfloods in Utttarkhand is deforestation. Let us not regret for our past; rather let us begin to build a new world, a world full of trees, where people can live in peace. When We Heal The World, We Heal Ourselves - David Orr Sch Noel Dias, SJ Page 11
  10. 10. PPPPPrajwalanarajwalanarajwalanarajwalanarajwalana The Society of Jesus had acquired a reputation throughout the world especially in Europe. In the middle of the eighteenth century, the reputation of the Society was very high. It was also a time of political change and economical exploitation. The opponents of the Society of Jesus regarded Jesuits as greedy plotters. Jesuits were accused because they had close ties with the influential members of the royal families. The accusation was sighting vested interest in seeking favours from the Papacy. Many kings, monarchs and others couldn't tolerate their progress and hence they wanted to plunder their properties. The suppression of the Society thus began without any strong reasons.Many states grew progressively after the expulsion of the Jesuits. They acquired the wealth and possessions of the Society.Various monarchs in Europe had political disputes between them, particularly between France and Portugal. As a result there was suspension of diplomatic relations and suppression of the Society by the Pope all over Europe. In the brief of the suppression, the striking feature is a long list of allegations against the Jesuits without anysufficient rationalbasis.Noneoftheallegationswere proved to be true. The whole brief was abrupt without any strong and convincing reasons. The objective of the brief was to create an impression that the Society of Jesus has created strife, contradictions and troubles. Thus at least for the sake of peace, the Society had to SUPPRESSION AND RESTORASUPPRESSION AND RESTORASUPPRESSION AND RESTORASUPPRESSION AND RESTORASUPPRESSION AND RESTORATIONTIONTIONTIONTION be suppressed. There is also a lack of clearity as to what lead the Pope to suppress the Society of Jesus. It also seemed that the Pope had no other way than to suppress the Order, because he had a lot of pressure from the kings, monarchs and princes to do so. The ways of God are wonderful. After a very brief period of suppression, the continual existence of the Society of Jesus was foreseen. Catherine the Great of Russia did not allow the brief to be promulgated in her country. The Jesuits in Russia continued their ministries. In 1814, Pope Pius VII, had returned from his Napoleonic captivity. On 7 August, 1814, the Pope signed the Bull restoring the Order all over the world. There were joyful celebrations world over. Many from Europe and America congratulated the Pope and the Jesuits. Many Jesuits received grants and gifts. Many requests came for the Jesuit Fathers to take up work in colleges, missions, and apostolic endeavours. There was work much beyond the manpower available. After St Ignatius had completed writing the Constitutions, when writing the introduction he began in this way:'It is God our Lord who will preserve, direct and carry forward in His divine service, this least Society of Jesus.' This is one of the strongest motivating factors that has kept the Society going all along. Sch Antony Pais, SJ Contd. from Page 09... Later,thissamestarbegantoshine ever brighter than before. Its light reached every nook and corner of the world. This same star continues to comfort all the members of the Society even today. So let's not seek for Comforts, Power, Glory, Name & Fame; rather let us together strive to work towards comforting all those abandoned souls in the world. Let the zeal for mission of St. Ignatius and many other Jesuit saints inspire and motivate us to dedicate ourselves entirely to the Society of Jesus. Sch Vivian Rebelo, SJ Contd. from Page 09... Scientists performed a series of experiments on this insect. Plastisect was able to digest any kind of plastics. The excreta of plastisects were organic. All the malls now sold 'plastisects.' People bought them. Finally plastic-virus was destroyed by plastisects. In the year 3010, plastisects ate all the plastics of the world and produced enough organic waste. On 31 Dec, 3010, the DNA of plastisects started mutating. They grew up in size and weighed more than a hundred tons. The hungry plastisects went in search of plastics. Since they found none, they targeted human beings. There was a terrible death-toll yet again. The world famous scientists again gathered at 'NASA' to create an animal which could destroy and eat up plastisects and they were called 'Anti-plastisects.' "Beware of Plastics!" Sch Joseph Jerald, SJ Page 12
  11. 11. PPPPPrajwalanarajwalanarajwalanarajwalanarajwalana The moment we hear the word 'Ecology', the first thought that comes to our minds is nature with its diversity of life and the need to conserve it. We're often led to the etymology of Ecology as being the study of OIKOS(meaningHouse).Whatexactlyisthishousewe're talking about today? Has it only forests, animals, birds and humans in it? We're often misled by its very notion. We talk about the damage done to nature and a pledge to preserve what is left over in it. Was this the purpose for which humans evolved with the aspect of reasoning and intelligence, so that first we could exploit and then rectify? What needs to be looked into is the very relationship that is established between the living and the non-living world. Humans as social beings create and fortify huge social communities which turn out to be villages and cities. In spite of being too busy in making our life comfortable, we need to ask ourselves whether we are doing this at the cost of losing the bond that A young man, a woodcutter by profession, once approached a sage forsomeadvice,"Tellme,please,what is the best thing for one to enjoy life?" After a long pause, the sage quietly replied, "Love the beauty in and around you, my dear man, and further, destroy no living being in your lifetime: then you'll be happy." 'Well,' said the young woodcutter, and tossing his head, walked off towards his house. He was not happy with the advice, for he could not follow it, since precisely that was his profession. He destroyed nature enormously and hunted down animals for meat as well. Now he thought for a while and retired to bed. He dreamt that he would live without destroying any form of life especially that of nature, but found no way of satisfying his greed. Out of frustration he jumped out, andpickinguphisaxeandtoolshecried,"It'sfoolishness to listen to this old man." He went into the forest to his daily chores. 'I shall cut off these sandal-wood trees, these will fetch me a good amount, and I needn't worry for months', he said to himself. attaches us to the fabric of reality which, in this case, is found in nature! Are we open enough to co-exist with other forms of life in our structured societies? Do we feel ourselves part of the web of life which is so essential, or do we, due to our "ego" or "negative intelligence," consider the other living systems subordinate to us? What matters is the disposition with which we accept or reject our weakness before the mystery and grandeur of this ''House" we stay in. Do we make it a point to transfer such critical thinking to the future generations? Finding God in all things indeed is a wonderful means of being humble and sensitive enough to let ourselves be part of this intricate yet marvelous web of Life which is the extension of the Almighty's presence. SchVinod AJ, SJ THE TRTHE TRTHE TRTHE TRTHE TRUE ESSENCE OF ECUE ESSENCE OF ECUE ESSENCE OF ECUE ESSENCE OF ECUE ESSENCE OF ECOLOLOLOLOLOGOGOGOGOGYYYYY He was perfectly familiar with this routine job, and moreover he was skilled. Yet, this time he had to accept his fate for his greedy guts. He climbed a very tall and huge tree. Holding on to a branch with one hand he began to cut down the trunk with the other. He axed it just below his feet. Every stroke of his hurt the forest badly and made it cry bitterly. No wonder he had to pay for this! His stony heart paid no attention to his own conscience which said, 'one day you need them to save your life.'But he didn't yield. Even after many strokes, though the treehadbowed,itstillheldon.Just as he raised his axe for the last time, he realised, that he was pulling out the rug from under his own feet. By then the tree had lost its strength and nature turned violently against him. He fell down, fatally injured. What a fall it was! It resulted in his death altogether. Hence it's important to note: The little harm that we cause to nature will end in our own downfall. We must also learn that wise men direct us but once; if we pay heed to their words we live; if not, we're gone. Sch Antony Sudeep, SJ SHORT STORY - DESTRUCTION OF LIFE Page 13
  12. 12. PPPPPrajwalanarajwalanarajwalanarajwalanarajwalana Jesuits of today need once again a rejuvenation of spirit to be sent anywhere and at anytime for the service of God in the Society of Jesus. When the Society is speakingabouttheuniversalmissionandmenwhomust be available for this, we have now a saint who inspires and revitalizes us to commit ourselves to be sent and to be on the move. 17 December, 2013 -Morethan140yearsafterbeing named "Blessed," the first Jesuit Priest Peter Faber was canonized by Pope Francis, in a decree of "equivalent canonization." "Peter Faber (Pierre Favre) was born in 1506 in the South of France. As a boy, he looked after his father's sheep in the French Alps. He also taught catechism to children on Sundays. Aware of his call to be a Priest, he longed to study. He writes: "At the age of ten, I was overcome by such a great desire to go to school that I became so disquieted and full of yearning that I began to cry. So against their intention, my parents were forced to send me to school." At twelve,he had a deep religious experience. 'Inspired by the Holy Spirit ' he felt that he had to consecrate his life "to the service of God" and, "one day (while looking after the cows during the holidays) overjoyed and with great desire for purity, he promised Our Lord a life of perpetual chastity." He was admitted to the College of Sainte-Barbe where he shared lodgings with Francis Xavier. They became close friends and graduated on the same day in 1530 with a Master of Arts. Peter also met Ignatius there and while Peter taught Ignatius philosophy, Ignatius directed him through the Exercises. After Ignatius, Peter Faber was the one for whom the companions had the deepest respect because of his knowledge, his holiness and his influence on people. Peter conceived his life as a journey, a journey through the various regions of Europe following the example of Christ: travelling for obedience, always alert to make God's will his own. His Expeditions: 1539: He was sent along with Diego Laynez to Parma to revive the faith in the face of Protestant reformers. In Europe: He was sent on a new mission by Paul III. He had to accompany Dr Ortiz right across Europe, to the discussions on bridging the gap between Protestants and Catholics and unite Europe against the Turks. In Germany: He walked many a village and town, giving many retreats, spiritual talks, and spiritual direction in and outside the confessional. In Spain: He zealously engaged himself in pastoral work, preaching and giving retreats, but on the orders of Pope Paul III Faber had to leave again for Germany in 1542. 1542: In the greatest haste Peter Faber travelled through France, then Switzerland, where he celebrated Holy week in Solothurn and arrived in Speyer. The day after his arrival in Germany he started giving retreats. October 1542:In Mainz he was ordered to give lectures on the psalms at the Faculty of theology. April 1543:HemetPeterCanisiusinMainz,thenwent on to Cologne. Hardly had he begun his work in Cologne and not seeing results as yet, Faber again had to leave on a new mission. September 1543: On the request of King John III he was sent by Ignatius to Lisbon. He was to accompany the princess, Maria of Portugal, on the way to her future husband, Philip II of Spain. 17 July 1546: He arrived completely exhausted in Rome and died on 1 August, just forty years of age, "a victim of his not always meaningful journeys which he had undertaken in exemplary obedience." The Society of Jesus, founded by Ignatius and his companions, was mainly to have men who are dispersed on a mission with complete availability and obedience to be sent anywhere for the Greater Glory of God. Of late many of us seem to enter comfort zones and love a cosy Jesuit life, are stuck to one place for ages and are busy establishing our own kingdom and territory. We have forgotten our call in the Society and thus are not really available to be sent by the Superiors. The Society at present under the leadership of Fr Adolfo Nicolas is once again focusing on this aspect of universal mission and is inviting every Jesuit to bear the spiritofavailabilityforanymission,anywhere.Atthismoment the Church has given us a model in Saint Peter Faber. Sch Lumnesh Swaroop, SJ THE TRAVELLING APOSTLE Page 14

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