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DNC Times on Mother Teresa, a Teacher for Humanity. It's a tribute to her on her canonization. Bengal Mother who taught compassion and love.

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  1. 1. Of the many inspiring quotes of Mother Teresa, “Helping hands are better than praying lips” is the one that I like the most. Yes! She inspired the world not by her prayer but by her service to the humanity in particular to the neglected, the broken, the wounded, the abandoned etc. Thereby, she has become a teacher for the whole of humanity. Filled with the joy of her sainthood, the DNC Times team is glad and privileged to dedicate this edition of DNC Times to St. Mother Teresa as “Mother Teresa – A teacher for Humanity”. Different experiences of Mother Teresa have been reflected and highlighted in this magazine. Fr. Cyril focusses on how she inspired the world throughout her life. She became an Indian in her heart and mind. She read the signs of times and did what was n e e d e d f o r t h e people of India, e s p e c i a l l y o f C a l c u t t a . H e r experience was such that she was no longer serving humans but Jesus Himself. This realization kept her goingamidstalldifficulties. It was a call within a call for Mother Teresa. She was willing to walk in the path that was shown to her by God knowing that it wouldn't be easy. She faced challenges perennially, yet she didn't give up. She broke open not only the boundaries of a convent but also those of culture becoming the mother of the poor and the orphans. In spite of her constant prayer and ardent servicetothepoor,she alsohadaspiritualdryness within her and Arul Rayan draws a lesson for all of us form her dark experience of her soul. The issue also focusses on Teachers day and Mother Mary. Both Mother Mary and Mother Teresa are teachers for humanity. They taught a spiritual lesson for the world through their very lives. Mother Mary set a perfect example for humility by the very way she surrendered herself completely for the Will of God. Bengal Mother taught us to be compassionate and merciful to the suffering and the needy. Both of them taught that it is not money and power that foster life but love. Love for God and one another is the fuel for the world to function. However, this love is a challenge which we all need to face. It is a challenge because it requires our entire being and we need to be ready to give ourselves fully as our mothers. We knew that in recent times Mother Teresa's selfless s e r v i c e w a s c o l o u r e d w i t h religious identity. D e s p i t e t h e assumptions and allegations of some fundamental groups, her care and service for the sick and the poor are undeniable. Let us not just admire at St. Mother Teresa but become like her so as to bring forth the change that the world is in need of. We shall become teachers for humanity through our generous service to its growth. I hope this magazine reaches its desired destiny wherein thefirewithinyou is awaitingarekindling. rd ( Bosco is a 3 yr student of philosophy at JDV) 02 sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016 EditorialEditorialEditorial Have a Fruitful Reading Amal Bosco SJ
  2. 2. so many desperately poor and abandoned people led her through a long dark night of the soul, but she learnt to mature in her faith and soon many young girls from India and all over the world sought entrance into her order, which made very severe demands on their lifestyle. They had to live in almost the same impoverished conditions as those they served. Many volunteers from all over India and the world, not all of them were believers in God and many non-Christian Brahmin girls too, came forward to collaborate with her sisters in their work among the slums and gutters and ghettos of the world, not caring that they sullied their high caste hands with the blood, filth andpus of thelowerclasses. She will be canonized by Pope Francis on the anniversary of her being called to the Lord, this year. Like any charismatic person she was very demanding, often even dictatorial to her sisters, to the extent of deciding how many chapattis they were to have for breakfast, not allowing them to change the routine of their Homes for the Poor andAged by even five minutes without her express opinion. She was often quoted as telling aspirants or volunteers who asked too many 'Why- questions!' "You are not here to question the rules but to observe them!" But for all that, she was universally loved with a tender affection by all her sisters. She is most remembered for her words, "I am by birth, an Albanian, by citizenship an Indian, as to my calling I am a Catholic nun, I belong to the whole world butmyheartbelongstotallytoJesus!" She transformed the lifestyle of every convent (Cont’d on Pg. 14 ) Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhui, more popularly known to all over the world as "Mother Teresa of Calcutta" and one of the most recognizable women's faces on the planet, was born in Skopje (Albania, then under the dominion of Macedonia) on August 26, 1910. When she died in Calcutta, as an Indian citizen, founder of the Order of Missionaries of Charity, distinguished by their simple blue-bordered saris, on September 5, 1997, she had become almost a household word and universally loved for her work among the poorest of the poor, not only in Calcutta, but all over the world. Royalty from Europe and from the world over attended her funeral in what was now called Kolkata and the ceremony was televised by Doordarshan and relayed acrosstheglobe. Her parents, Nikole and Dranafile, were what we'd call middle class people but she learnt from them to always have a heart, like the family table, open to the poor and the needy. Later, she joined the Sisters of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (more popularly known as the Loreto nuns) and travelled to Dublin for her formation. She was sent to India to teach in one of their schools for the elite, but began to feel a call in her heart to work more directly with the homeless, the destitute and those who died unloved and unattended on the streets of the former capital of BritishIndia. She had to wait until 1950 to get canonical approbation for her Order and was most grateful to many Jesuits of the Calcutta Province who supported her spirituallyinherwork. Needlesstosay,herlaborsamong 03 sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016 Fr Cyril SJ Mother Teresa, a Teacher for HumanityMother Teresa, a Teacher for HumanityMother Teresa, a Teacher for Humanity Article
  3. 3. ost teachers would agree that it is very Mdifficult to teach a class of 50 students for two to three hours at a stretch. But this man from Galilee taught thousands of people at a time and all through the day. His way of life had an impact on every nook and corner of the regions of Galilee, Judea and somepartsofSamaria. The teaching and preaching of Jesus, though very simple had a commanding impact invariably on everyone who listened to it. In fact, Jesus was not even a qualified teacher. Dr. James Allan Francis in his book, 'The Real Jesus and Other Sermons,' describes Jesus as a man, born in an obscure village to a peasant woman, visited no school or college, held no degrees, but captured the hearts of people. Gandhi, when speaking about Jesus says, “To me, he was one of the greatest teachers humanity has ever had.” And so it is interesting to know why and how the teachings of Jesus have a lastingimpacttilltoday. Horne, in his book, 'Philosophy of Christian Education,' says that, it is his conviction, purpose and mission oriented attitude that made him a powerful teacher. Though His 'Why, What, and Whom,' played a vital role in His success, the 'How' of His teaching makes him really special. Three techniques of Jesus come across to me as very powerful. (i) Parable or Storytelling, (ii)Asking questions(iii)Repetition. (i)Parablesof Jesus Why do films and story books interest us more than mathematical derivations? It is because they are pictorial, easy to grasp and our senses can cherish them. Jesus also used pictorial stories and everyday events to explain most of his abstract concepts. Therefore, His teaching had a great impact. (Lost Son, Lk 15:11-32) But when Jesus used abstract concepts like “I am the bread of life”(Jn 6:35),hebecameafailuretotheextentthatHis own disciples leaving him (Jn 6:35). Moreover, His parablesreflecteddailyactivitiesofthesimplefolk. (ii)Asking Questions The Dialectical method is very effective in teaching a concept. Socrates used this method to trigger the Youth of Athens. Jesus did likewise. In the Bible, we often see Jesus throwing questions at the crowd or to His disciples or particular persons, thus making them search forananswer. (iii)Repetition Repeating an activity, a process or a detail leaves an indelible mark in one's memory. Jesus often repeated His concepts. He emphasized His concerns repeatedly such as the love of the Abba Father, the values of Kingdom, a conversion of heart and mind, His Paschal Mystery and so on! He used different parables to explain thesameconcept. He knew very well the Why, What, Whom and How of His teaching. His purpose was not only to take the people back to the Father (Abba), but also to make them realize that they were also beloved children of Abba, Father. Therefore, his core methodology of his teaching can be summarized into two words: 'Love and Compassion'. He touched the dreaded lepers, interacted withoutcastSamaritanwomanandthelistis endless. That is why, Jesus remains a role model for every teacher till today. Because not much of his words but his attitude and overwhelming love towards people inspired everyone.As Jesus did, let our lives become a method of realteaching. There has never been, and there will never be, another human who has been more successful than the humble Teacher, Jesus Christ - Monica Johnson (Clement is a former student of MPh at JDV) 04 sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016 Fr. Clement SJ Methodology of JesusMethodology of JesusMethodology of Jesus Article
  4. 4. reporter once asked Mother Teresa how could Ashe get up each morning facing the overwhelming poverty of Calcutta and continue her work. For which, Mother responded "God does not call me to be Successful. God calls me to be faithful." This is the most essential lesson we get to learn from Mother, seeking God and God alone in all things. When we look into our own lives we all seek God but often seek some other things or someone else in life too. Can we call it being faithful or successful? In life we often tend to run after success forgetting to admire life's beauty itself. This calls us to take the Example of Mother TeresaandfollowChristwho was meekandhumble. In the Bhagavad - Gita Arjuna is given the secretive knowledge of 'Nishkama Karma' i.e. doing ones dharma without expecting any reward by Lord Krishna. Therefore, our work should be such that neither the pleasure of it nor its pain must affect our actions. This attitude was the hallmark of Mother Theresa. In an interview with the Times Magazine she once said, “I am like a pencil in the hands of God. God does the thinking. God does the writing. I'm just allowing myself to be used by Him.” This attitude won her many prizes, like the Nobel Prize, the Bharat Ratna etc. for reaching out to the poor and those most in need. In the midst of all this she remained humble without taking any credits for herself. In her religious life too, she lay back pondering where her God was, and sensed a lot of spiritual consolations as mentioned in the writings 'The Dark Night of the Soul.' In spite of all this she remained patient in times of inner turmoil and showed humility when successful, cherishing faithfulness the virtue of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. The inspiration to be faithful to God than being successful is very Scriptural. Mother made the scriptures come alive in the streets of Calcutta being an Alter Christus to those in need and to the suffering. Even those dying found God through Mother. In the scriptures we have the examples of Joseph, Daniel, Barnabas and others who focused on doing God's will irrespective of success or failure. In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prays to his Father that the cup be passed from Him. He does not get what He asked for, yet He remained faithful to the mission of dying on the Cross. Mother too like St Paul can say, “I have finished the race that was given to me.” In life Mother never credited any claims for her great success but remained faithful to Christ's mission, servingallbybeingmercifultothemall. Striving for success isn't wrong, but we can't expect total guarantee in all our endeavours too. We have many saints who have failed in their lifetime to convince people of what they did but now are looked up to as models. St.Therese of Lisieux, a cloistered Nun is known today for her spirituality of 'doing little things with great love.' St.Alphonsa spent most of her life in a sick bed and is now the first woman Saint from India. St. Paul, who persecuted the Jews and Christians, became the follower of Christ to preach Christ to all, holding all things as loss and rubbish before the value of Christ's knowledge, valuingChristashisonlygain. Choosing faithfulness over success can sound as a resignation when we live in a society that is constantly striving for success and successful people. Thus it is hard to take the less beaten path to live our life devoted to our work and with a spirit of indifference to success and appreciation. But when we begin to practice this theology of work we see the Kingdom of Peace being establishedwithinourselvesasMotherTeresadid. st (Rejin is a 1 Yr student of Theology at JDV) 05 sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016 Called To Be Faithful Not SuccessfulCalled To Be Faithful Not SuccessfulCalled To Be Faithful Not Successful Rejin Joseph SJ Article “ If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” - St. Teresa
  5. 5. he Role of a teacher in the life of Human beings Tis marvelous and unavoidable. In fact behind every successful person, there is a teacher who is involved directly or indirectly in transforming the person and shaping one's abilities. For some, the world is an unknown history but for those who are molded according to the principles of their teachers, make history.Agood example of this is that of the recent ended Olympics silver medalist P.V. Sindhu who has made history because of her dedicated teacher and coach Gopichand. We have several more examples of teachers inspired success. In line with this, William Arthur Ward says, “A mediocre teacher tells, a good teacher explains, a superior teacher demonstrates, and a great teacher inspires.” In this regards the Church holds Mother Mary as an important teacher of life. She teaches every Christian to walk on the values of life being obedient to God in faith and love. Though Mary might not have taught in any of the synagogues of that time, she inspires humanity by her simple faith in God and readiness to do His will. Being an ordinary Jewish girl she remained obedient and faithful to God, to her parents, to the traditions and to the laws. Mary teaches us to believe in God's providence, whenever He choose us for something she is a model for us to say, “Let your will be done,” i.e. to say a total surrender to participate in God's plan of salvation and future. She does not teach us anything extraordinary but her life teaches us to walk in the path of the Lord embracing all the crosses that come on the way and do extraordinarydeedsinanextraordinaryway. Mary's sensitivity towards the needy and concern for the helpless makes us ponder and act according to the need of the hour. This attitude comes from the core of the human heart that affects the mind with reason to act instantly like Mary. Her sensitivity makes her fully presenttothereality,teachingus tobeintouchwithour own realities and to be aware of our interior movements. She calls us to be attuned to the music of the heart, to show empathy towards the needy and to extend a helping hand to the distressed like she did to her cousin Elizabeth by rushing to greet her to help her. There were many instances where Mary showed great love and affection to the anavim. It is therefore evident that as a teacher Mother Mary teaches us to be affectionate towards the poorandtheneedywhomwemeetinourdailylives. The important aspect in every teacher is to accompany the learners in their growth. Mary does it faithfully by accompanying the apostles and all the believers in leading to the Father through His son Jesus Christ. Normally it is believed that a distinction is maintained between the teacher and the student but in case of Mary, she does not exalt herself so much rather with humility she becomes one with the believers. A person grows healthily when accompanied by an experienced person. The presence of Mary in the journey towards the Father makes it more relevant and meaningful to all who invite Mary to be with them. It has been the experience of the Apostles and the Saints who implored Mary to accompany them in their faith journey. Thus, they were able to sustain the sufferings and pain meted out to them with a joy in their hearts. Being a Mother of Sorrows accompanying Jesus at the Cross, she teaches us to bear pain by believing in the Resurrection of Life.With the support of Mary, we get enormous strength to face the challenges of the world and walk in faith with convictions. Mary through her very life inspires us to do God's will, affects our hearts to be sensitive and accompanies us in our journey towards reaching the Calvaryof ourlife,thus beingamotherlyteacher. st (Bosco is a 1 Yr student of theology at JDV) 06 sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016 Mother Mary: A TeacherMother Mary: A TeacherMother Mary: A Teacher B. Bosco SJ Article “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”- St.Teresa
  6. 6. have just completed the course on Prophets.As I sit Idown to write about 'the dark night of the soul' of Mother Teresa, there is a tendency to compare Mother – as she is fondly remembered, with what I have studied and reflected about the call narratives and mission of the prophets. I have willingly given myself into that tendency because such a comparison, illumines 'the dark night of the soul' of Mother comprehensively to me.The call narrative of any prophet involves four stages. (a) God calls (b) God commissions (c) The prophet protests and (d) God responds to the protest of theProphet. Having gone through some literature on the 'dark night of the soul' of Mother, I perceive these four stages evidently present in her life. God called her on September 10, 1946, while riding a train to Darjeeling to make a retreat; Mother heard a call within a call. God commissioned her to give up her life with the Sisters of Loreto and follow Christ into the slums to serve Him among the poorest of the poor. I look at the experience of 'the dark night of the soul' of Mother as the combination of the third and the fourth stages of the call. Mother had protested to God about her inability to find Him, and her spiritual dryness and the feeling of being abandoned. However, the covenantal God who called her remained faithfultoherandMothertoHimtilltheend. It seems at some point during their lives many saints have suffered what St. John of the Cross called 'the dark night of the soul' St. Therese of Lisieux too, experienced a 'night of nothingness.' John of the Cross and others wrote poems and spiritual canticles to describe their sufferings in God's absence and their frustrated longings for the embrace of His love. Mother's book of private letters, 'Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light' revealed that she endured years of feeling abandonedbyGod andanintensespiritualdryness. Fr. Joseph Neuner, SJ, her confessor suggested to Mother, that the feeling of abandonment and spiritual dryness was to intensify and aid her vocation to the rejected poor of India and the world. These feelings mirrored Jesus' feelings in the Garden and on the Cross. Mother wrote to Neuner, “If I ever become a saint - I will surely be one of 'darkness.' I will continually be absent from heaven - to light the light of those in darkness on earth.” Strengthened in the furnace of suffering, she was readytocontinuehermissionuntiltheendoftime. God answers those who cry to him. When Israel cried outYahweh heard them (Ex 3:7) and liberated them from slavery. Only those who have faith in God cry out to Him out of helplessness and a believer's lament of the absence of God. “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me” is not the cry of the atheist; it is the cry of the psalmist and of Christ. It is the cry of a believer. 'The dark night of the soul' is not about doubt; it is about enduring, faithful, unquestioning love. God's love is 'wombish.' Mother was precious in His sight and He loved her. She did not fear as He was with her (Isa 43:3- 4). God accompanied her in the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers and all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people who have become a burden on others and are shunned by everyone. She was the Good Samaritan par-excellence (Luke10:37). Hers was a simple faith that resided in her deep desire to see Jesus in every human being. She said, “I say to myself this is hungry Jesus, I must feed him. This is sick Jesus; I serve because I love Jesus” (Mt 25:35). Mother's life is a testimony that emboldens us to go and be merciful like the Father, trusting in His love, for God does not call the qualified, He qualifies those whom He calls (Ex 4:10- 13). rd (Arul Rayan is a 3 Yr student of theology at JDV) 07 sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016 The Dark Night of the SoulThe Dark Night of the SoulThe Dark Night of the Soul S. Arul Rayan SJ Article
  7. 7. am just a pencil in the hand of God,” says the 4 feet Iand 11 inches woman, St. Teresa of Calcutta. The woman, in an inexpensive white sari trimmed in blue, whole-heartedly served the poorest of the poor. She brought cheerful smiles on the faces of the poor and made their life joyful. Responding to a greater call within her call, she closed the pages of her first congregation, “Loreto” and opened a new page in her life called, “Missionaries of Charity” that has gone on to become a home for the destitute and the needy. She enriched the lives of many in every nook and corner of Calcutta by her loving care. She also accommodated the people who had makeshift homes for their livelihood. She immensely lovedthemandlivedlikethem,herentirelife. However great may her service be to humanity, she always considered herself as a humble instrument in the hands of God. The more she grew in her familiarity with God, the less she knew God, the infinite mystery. To her, the sky was the limit. Since she identified Christ with the poor, she also became poor for Christ. She was truly a poorforthepoor. Mother Teresa began her works of charity to the poor in a broken, filthy, un-electrified house in Calcutta. To feed her children, she went out to the streets to beg. One day, a man spat on her palms when she was begging. Her reply to that man was, “this is for me, now you give something for my children.” Many a time, she was humiliated and mocked by people. She had never reacted to these but merely digested them. Today, her congregation, “Missionaries of Charity,” is well known all over the world for their tireless service to the poor. Over the years, her congregation has provided numerous special opportunities to the poor for their well-being, but even now the life style of these sisters remains as simple asthatof Mother. BeingaJesuitfromtheCalcuttaProvince,during my novitiate formation, I had the opportunity to do my hospital experiment for a month at Shanti Nagar, a home for the lepers, run by the Mother Teresa Sisters. I was asked to clean the wounds of the lepers. As I was cleansing their wounds, I could not tolerate the smell.As a result, I could not serve wholeheartedly for a few days. By all means, I wanted to overcome such hate feelings towards them. I asked one of the Sisters, Sr. Maria for guidance in this regard. She was a medical doctor from Spain. She requested me to participate in their prayer service. They came together to the Chapel for prayer five times a day and I took part in it. Day by day, my prayer life with the sisters brought me greater strength which in fact led me closer to serve these lepers better. Then, I shared this experience with the sister and she said, “Prayer is one of the greatest means to love, serve and become like the poor.” She went on to say that prayer gives them the strength to see the image of God in face of the inmates. Perhaps that is the reason why Mother Teresa spent an equal amount of time for service and towards prayer. Her prayer life enlightened her to becomepoor for thepoor. To serve the marginalized in society, one needs to become spiritually poor like Mother Teresa in order to renderourlittleservicewithgreatlove. rd (Oscar is 3 Yr student of philosophy at JDV) 08 sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016 A Poor for the PoorA Poor for the PoorA Poor for the Poor Oscar Daniel SJ Article
  8. 8. Teaching is an art and the teacher is an artist. As an artist enjoys drawing on his canvas mixing it with the best combination of colours so does a teacher who love to teach his/her students! Teaching is not just a mere profession; rather it is something that goes beyond a Profession. It is not about the salary s/he gets, but it is about his/her true passion for reaching out. Salary is to make a living but teaching is to make good and responsible citizens who will transform the nation and leadtheworld towards peaceandharmony. A teacher has a large impact on students' lives beyond the four walls of a classroom. S/he teaches more than what is given in the text books; s/he teaches from his/her life experience. S/he makes her lessons come alive by making her class interactive and by engaging students in the classroom as much as possible. S/he tries to bring positive energy into a classroom.Ateacher might encounter struggles in his/her own life but when s/he enters the class, s/he leaves them behind and gets involved with the students who are more important to him/her than his/her own problems. Positive energy is contagious;anditis up tohim/herhow tospreadit. Teachers’ attitude towards their students should be like that of a mother. There is a great responsibility that comes along with the profession of teaching. First, is to make a difference in the lives of his/her students by making them feel secure and safe when in a classroom. The second, is to make the students feel loved and accepted because a teacher might never know what is going on with his/her student outside of class. Thirdly, s/he has to be in touch with the parents, in order to know his/her student better and thus cater to each of them individually. Fourthly s/he has to be positive with the students so as to encourage them. Encouragement helps the students to take more initiatives and do their best in studies. A good teacher is first a student and then a teacher.Teaching is always a two way process.ATeacher should have the love for knowledge and a love for the development of others. S/he learns while s/he teaches. In the process of teaching s/he discovers his/her own self. S/he expands his/her own horizons of understanding about life. The most important is to be humble enough even to accept corrections from students; being ready to listen to their views etc. Like the student, the teachers also need to work hard in order to prepare for the class for the next day. They should ever strive to make their class more effective by simplifying the contents and adding more examples.They ought to handle difficult times with courage and patience. They must always maintain a standardforthemselvesaswellas for theirstudents. A teaching profession is at times demanding and exhausting, although it is meant to be an enjoyable and rewarding career. One should opt for this profession only if s/he loves children and has passion for teaching. Thus, the profession of teaching demands more than just impartingknowledge. st (Ravi is a 1 Yr student of Philosophy at JDV) 09 sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016 Ravibhushan SJ Teacher Beyond ProfessionTeacher Beyond ProfessionTeacher Beyond Profession Article “ What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.” - St. Teresa
  9. 9. The entire world has celebrated the canonization of St. Teresa of Calcutta on September 4, 2016. Though all of us might have participated in different sorts of its external celebrations, as true Christians we also need to imbibe the values which Mother had lived in her life. Here I emphasize on an important value which St. Teresa of Calcutta upheld throughout her life. I admire her courage to go beyond the boundaries of the times she lived in. this virtue of hers becomes quite relevant in our times where people are confined to their selfish zones and where others are not respectedandcaredfor. Mother Teresa was a member of the Loreto Convent and was appointed as a teacher in the school. In the course of time, she met many destitute on the streets of Calcutta and felt compassion for them. Realizing that her call should not be confined to the safe walls of the Loretto convent, she moved on from her convent and started working for the poor on the streets. This daring step later made her the 'Mother of Destitutes' in Calcutta and the 'Founder of the Missionaries of Charity.' In order to understand her courage, we need to understand the times that she lived in. Her move was nothing less than a leap into the dark. Uncertainty had overshadowed her future. Still she committed her entire life to the hands of God for the sake of serving the poor and the deprived. It is easy to say that I have faith in God when everything goes well and is under my control. But am I courageous enough to discern the will of God in my life and to r e n o u n c e a l l m y s e c u r i t i e s f o r i t ? ’ ‘A call within a call' has been a well said catch phrase. We all have different calls. Some of us are called to family life, some others to religious life and still others to priestly life. But we need to find out the uniqueness of each call at a personal level. St.Teresa of Calcutta though a religious (in general), discovered her uniqueness (in particular) as the 'Mother of the Destitutes.' Often in our lives, we tend to walk on the paths which others have trodden. Even in religious life, we continue to walk on paths, paved by our respective founders. But it is very important to find a new constructive way for ourselves and at times even to walk alone. If Mother Teresa had remained in Loreto Convent she would have lived a secure and protected religious life, like most of us do. But her daring step, led her to the grassroots of society and to become the 'Mother' for many who were deprived of and are not cared for. As a result the Church and the entire world without any discrimination of religion, caste and creed now admire and venerate her for the selfless servicesshehasrenderedtohumanity. Let us try to imbibe the courage of this great saint to break the boundaries of the social stereotypes and structured compliance. We should never forget that if we wish to live like mother, we have to start from Christ who was merciful throughout His life. We need to be inspired byChristtoseeHis faceinour fellowbeings. rd (Ebin is a 3 Yr student of Theology at JDV) 10 sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016 Beyond the BoundariesBeyond the BoundariesBeyond the Boundaries Ebin Orathel CST Article “lonElInEss AnD tHE FEElInG oF BEInG unWAntED Is tHE most tErrIBlE PoVErtY.” - st. tErEsA
  10. 10. You want to know how to learn a new language?” Once asked Fr. Hector (former POSA) to a band of scholastics who were preparing to go to the villages and he said, “Fall in love with the people.” We all laughed because we did not understand what he meant. Falling in love with people is one of the most important factors we need when we want to enter into their lives and know their worldview. This was what made Mother Teresa fruitful in her work with the poor. Her motivation to do so much was possible only because she understood what true poverty is and fell in love with the poor. Her words express it best, “we think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is a greater poverty. We must start in our own homestoremedypovertyof thiskind.” Once in the crowded neighbourhood of Kolkata (City of Joy), Mother Teresa picked up a man dying from the dirty street. He was a Hindu temple priest left deserted to die because he was sick and nobody wanted to attend to his needs. When he recovered he asked Mother Teresa, “Why do you care for me, a dirty deserted person?”She just smiled at him. Her love for the poor had no bound of caste, creed, religion, race or colour. To her, every person was the same without any distinction. This gavehergreatrespectfromthisHindutemplepriestand among the Hindu neighbours livingaroundher. Her love for the poor was wholesome, expressed in every sphere of life. When she walked out from her Loreto Convent in the th evening of 17 August, 1948, she dressed in a white sari with blue stripes. She was a Headmistress but when love enclosed her she became a poor Bengali woman. Jesus had said to her, “I want Indian nuns, victims of My love to be Mary and Martha, who would be so very united to Me as to radiate My love to souls. I want free nuns covered with My poverty of the Cross... You will dress in simple Indian clothes or rather like My Mother dressed - simple and poor...Your sari will become holy because it will be My symbol.” Stuti Das explains about the significance of the sari: White - stands for truth and purity.The three blue borders signify the vows that the nuns of the Order take: the first band represents Poverty, the second Obedience and the third broad band represents the vows of Chastity and of wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor. The Cross worn on the left shoulder symbolises that for the Missionaries of Charity, Jesus on the Cross is the key to theheart. Mother Teresa spent her entire life caring for the poor and the deserted without any limit or restriction. She is a true model for the world which still struggles with poverty, physical and spiritual. She did exactly in deeds what many have said in volumes about inculturation, to fall in love with the people we serve. She has shown us how to fall in love so that we will be fruitful in whatever endeavourwelookforwardtoinourlife. st (Khathing is a 1 Yr student of Theology at JDV) 11 sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016 A Loving Bengal MotherA Loving Bengal MotherA Loving Bengal Mother C M Khathing SJ Article
  11. 11. Isee Jesus in every human being. I say to myself, this is a hungry Jesus, I must feed him. This is a sick Jesus. This one has leprosy or gangrene; I must wash himandtendhim.IservebecauseIloveJesus.” - St.Teresa The moment I think of Mother Teresa the first thing comes into my mind is the poor. Her life is associated with the poor and she sacrificed it totally in the service of the poorest of the poor. She became one with them; and in looking after them she became a mother to them. But a question arises in my mind, why do we call her 'mother of the poor?' There are many people who do a lot for the poor but only she can rightly be called 'mother of the poor.'The only difference is the way MotherTeresa responded “a call within a call”. She became a mother to them by what she was to them. She understood her mission i.e. she became aware of her true identity as a child of God. Mother Teresa had reflected over her life through prayer and so she could claim that she belonged to the whole world. She treated the poor as though they were part of her own existence and being. She did not categorize them by caste, language, race, religion or any other categories. She served unconditionally and lovingly. Her attitude of openness helped her to love all human beings. She believed that serving humanity is equaltoservingJesus Christ. Like any mother, during the dark periods of her life she did not give up. She continued her efforts to alleviate poverty and suffering around the world. She was at unrest seeing the misery of the poor. In those dark moments she faced many difficulties but she pushed herself forward. She did not give up the work of Jesus. She surrendered herself to God in deep faith. This in a way helped her experience the pain and suffering of the poor and destitute. She did not bother of herself while serving the poor. Her goal was clear and in all the frustration and painful time she kept responding to God's call. Mother Teresa truly deserves to be called the mother of the poor not because of founding the missionaries of charity, but she accepted the life style of the poor and served bounteously till her last breath. People called Mother Teresa a “living saint” while she was alive. Today, with joy we all are celebrating her canonization, which she deserves the reward for her faith inGod, hercommitmentandlovefor poor. This is possible because she paid attention to the voice of God and let that interior transformation take place. It is necessary for us that as long as we exist as human on this earth to try to pay attention to the voice of God. There is a constant process to go into the depth of our hearts. We need to keep searching for meaning in our lives. That would help us know what will bring us true happiness. Sometimes we live our lives without any meaning in it and that makes us more depressed. Mother Teresa did not get the name Mother for no reason. She earneditby lettingGod leadherallthroughout. rd (Jayanti is a 3 Yr student of Philosophy at JDV) 12 sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016 Jayanti SJ Mother of the PoorMother of the PoorMother of the Poor Article “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truely endless.” - St. Teresa
  12. 12. am indebted to my father for my life but to my Iteacher for living it well,” saidAlexander the Great. Teaching is an 'art' and it is a noble profession. The role of a teacher is very important in society. S/he has myriad duties to perform. A teacher has a lot of scope to influence the students. Students are deeply affected by a teacher's love and affection. They are influenced by a teacher's character, competence and moral commitment. A Teacher becomes a role model for the students. Students try to imitate their teachers following not only the teacher's life style and etiquette but also at times even thewaytheteachercommunicatesandacts. We can understand the importance of teachers through the example of a building. Only an architect would know an entire building, its strengths and weaknesses.Ateacher is like an architect who knows the students well. S/he has all the necessary knowledge to shape the lives of the students, to mould and nurture it appropriatelyaccordingtoeachindividual'sneed. On the other hand when we reflect on the relevance of the role of the teacher in the present context we are flabbergasted. The office of being a teacher has lost its dignity today due to corruption. It is unfortunate to see that those who are not capable and competent much less skillful get into the teaching profession through corrupt means. They become lethargic and make the education system as a profit making business.We also see that some teachers see themselves inferior to other professionals like doctors, engineers, advocates etc. This causes them to lose interests and get frustrated with their job and thus theyendupbeinglesscommitted. Amidst all this we can still find competent and sincere teachers who consider their job as sacred and give themselves completely for the growth of the students. Such teachers are models of faith and piety. They are responsible,show positiveconcerntowardsthestudents; participate actively in the welfare of society by creating right consciences in the students. They accept the students with love and correct them too. They are just and upright. These qualities in a teacher help them to be better instruments in formingyoung mindsandhearts. Parents too expect a lot from teachers. They desire that their children get good education from a teacher. Parents are also teachers in one sense. They teach their children even before they start going to the school. Children learn a lot of things at home. Both parents and teachers are equally responsible for the growth of a child. In recent times there have been some strained relationships emerging between teachers and parents due to various rules and regulations regarding the rights of the children. Parents-teachers associations established in schools are bridge builders between them so that they come to a common consensus and owe their respective duties and obligations towards the overall developmentof thechildren. Today the cyber world has become a substitute for teachers. Internet in this sense should not be seen as an obstacle rather as an added means to enhance the growth of a student. Teachers must equip themselves to help students to make use of the internet adequately and appropriately. The two are not in opposition but complement one another. There can be no substitute for a teacher. A teacher's role in the life a student becomes an inevitable growth factor. Dr Radhakrishnan says, “True teachersarethosewho helpus tothinkfor ourselves.” nd (Raja is a 2 Yr student of Theology at JDV) 13 sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016 Relevance of Teachers TodayRelevance of Teachers TodayRelevance of Teachers Today FrancisRaja SJ Article
  13. 13. In 1948, Mother Teresa left the landscaped confines of Calcutta's Loreto convent for the teeming streets to devote herself to caring for the poorest of the poor. It was a heavenly summons. God was calling her to give up the comfortable world of the Loreto convent to live and labor in the slums of Calcutta to cater to lepers, unwed mothers, discarded infants, the ill, the insane, the retarded, the dying. It was a call with a call. I would like to see this call as a call to 'do justice' according to its Biblicalunderstanding. The Hebrew word for “justice,” mishpat, occurs in its various forms more than 200 times in the Hebrew Old Testament. It means giving people their rights or what is due to them. Amos was one such prophet who spoke against the social injustice of his time and castigated those who were responsible for it. Caring for the sick widows and strangers reflects the character of God who is the God of justice. In the book of proverb we read, “If you insult the poor, you insult the Lord.” and “If yougivetothepoor,yougivetotheLord.” A yardstick to evaluate justness or misphat of a society is how we respond to these groups. When we neglect 'justice' to the people, it is not called merely a lack of mercy or charity but a violation of justice, of mishpat. God has a soft corner for those who are on the fringes of society and the created being in turn should have the same. That is what it means to 'do justice.' The Bible remains the source of divine revelation and power that can sustain us as Christians in our search for God. If we are to remain faithful to this source, the concept and call to justice are inescapable. When we try to bring the periphery to the center we do justice because we give all human beings their due as creations of God. Doing Justice is not merely doing right over wrong, but generosity and social concern especially towards the least, the last and the lost of the society. St Teresa of Calcutta,Prayfor us. rd (Wilson is a 3 Yr student of Theology at JDV) 14 sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016 Wilson SJ Mother of JusticeMother of JusticeMother of Justice Article and religious house. Thanks to her, every decent person realizes more clearly that he or she has to do something for the under-privileged and broken. Her charism is to pick up the effects of an unjust and sick society. Others must complete and complement this with working to put an end to the causes of the same unjust and sick society, sometimesamoredifficultanddangerousgoal! (Fr Cyril is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at JDV) (Cont’d from Pg.03) Mother Teresa, a Teacher for Humanity
  14. 14. 1. Mother Teresa went beyond boundaries in serving others, how has it affected the idea of religion amidst diversereligiouspracticesinIndia? “We saw this at her funeral. Everyone was there. The faithful of other religions are drawn to mother's selfless example. India a country with diverse religions has a love and great respect for mother. Everyone saw the sanctity shown by mother, even in their own religious conceptbringingunityamongall.” 2.Your life style and way of life emphasizes more on “being the healing presence to others” can you tell us how this ideaimpactsyourworks? “Mother saw mercy, as a way of life, which she followed first and foremost in her community of nuns and then in her relationship with others: this is our lifestyle, characterized by love and forgiveness, being the healing presence to others. We follow the example of our Mother in our daily lives and works, making others feel lovedandcaredfor.” 3.Given the 'motto' of your congregation, and the work you are doing, how do you motivate youngsters? Is thenumberdwindling orincreasing? “What we give to the poor and to people we meet along our path, is above all Jesus Christ and his love: we are merely his instruments. It is the love of Christ that sends laborers into his harvest field. As the numbers are dwindling all over the world in terms of vocations, we too are facing it, but have been getting vocations faithful to their call. I see Mother Teresa allowing every man and woman to see and be touched by God's mercy through the actsofloveandmercy. 4. What is your personal experience, encountering MotherTeresa? “I have known Mother from 1980, she was a very down to earth person, very simple in her lifestyle, would share the dormitory with other sisters, eat meals together, and never tolerated being treated differently than others. She lived her religious life so much with joy that we all wanted to be close to her. Even when sick she would be the first to be in the chapel to pray and participate in the Eucharist. This gave her the strength to give Christ to others all throughout her daily life. I was impressed by her way of life and still hold close the crucifix she gave me on my first meeting with her. 5. Mother being so humble and simple suffered darkness in her s p i r i t u a l l i f e a n d f e l t disconnected from God, what have you tosay about it? “I am in awe knowing this fact that Mother went through the dark nights of her soul. Even today I am not able to understand it nor can I explain what it would have been for Mother to go through the depth of this suffering internally. I think a soul who has not experienced it (the darkness) will not be able to understand what it is. This is a mystery of the spiritual life. Souls who know about it can connect with it and associate with it, but souls who do not know about it standbeforeamystery.” 6. How do you see the presence of Mother living even afterherdeath? “All throughout her earthly life she never did anything to lead others to herself, but only to Jesus and 15 sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016 Mother Teresa the Icon of MercyMother Teresa the Icon of MercyMother Teresa the Icon of Mercy Interview
  15. 15. Mary. Even now after her death Mother is still present amidst us praying for us and reaching out to those in need. She intercedes to Jesus to give us the grace to carry on her mission standing by the side of every person and working with them, whatever their religion or nationality, wherever we are, for the sake of humanity, trustinginthegraceandmercyofGod always.” 7. What made Mother Teresa win over the hearts and mind ofpeopleinthis world? “It was Mother's vision of the world that everyone is infinitely loved by God, and that everyone is meant to love and to be loved by others. The insight that Mother had for the people of the world was that the moment people realize their own worth and being loved by God, they would not be at peace. This insight of Mother Teresa made her win over the hearts and minds of peopleintheworld. 8. How do you see yourself in the shoes of Mother as thegeneralof thecongregation? It is a great responsibility to fulfill. I can only think of going forward by the grace of God and the blessing of Mother and others. I see how God is using me in a different way giving me inspirations to meet the demands of our daily lives and the needs of our sisters accompanyingthem. 9. What is the need of the hour as Mother is made SaintTeresaofCalcutta? “As we see before us a world wounded by violence and shrouded in gloom, Mother accompanies us along our path so that the light of Christ may illuminate it. It is sad to see acts of terrorism causing infinite suffering and sorrow. God made us for love and peace, not for war and hatred. Though Mother loved the people of Calcutta, itwouldbemorecorrecttosay,thatmotherlovedthe individual sufferer and wanted to make a difference in each individual's life. The need of the hour is to love and bring peace in humanity.” Mother would say, “If I can do something,thenImustdo it.” 10. What was the dream of Mother Teresa that you as Generalwould liketo fulfill? “Mother Teresa had a dream to open a Missionaries of Charity Centre in China. This wish was not fulfilled in her lifetime. But we hope that, God willing and if the conditions allow it, we would be happy tomakeithappenoneday.” (Interview collated by Sch. John Fernandes S.J. from various internet sources.) 16 sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016 Art By Wilson SJArt By Wilson SJArt By Wilson SJ
  16. 16. It is therefore time to stop gathering around chilled Bisleri bottles in conference halls or sit reclined in air conditioned seminar rooms and discuss global warming and ecological crisis. We, in De Nobili College, Pune along with the Tarumitra team here, are exploring ways to unearth our affection and attachment to the Earth.The past few months were brimmed with activities that could subtly influence all dimensions of our growth. Afewofthemfollows; Reconciliationof Spiritwith Nature Henceforth, sandals are not the be removed when one approaches the sanctum sanctorum but while entering the garden to water a dying sapling for the Almighty had decided to play hide and seek in the meanest and the least attractive, tiny sapling. We once set our altar before our Pope Francis herbal garden in DNC on the anniversary of the Laudato Si and that Eucharist indeed made us realize that the 'whole Earth was the altar and we were offering the labours and sufferings of the world on it' (Teilhard de Chardin). On the first of September we responded to the call of the best of apostles of creation of today, Pope Francis and prayed along with the Orthodox tradition, for creation. Now, we know that ourspiritualityis aspiritualityofthesoilandmud. Reconciliationof Laborwith Nature Christ is not just a cosmic person but a cosmic tree. Remember John chapter 15. St. Ignatius would suggest that a seeking even among the puniest of them all, will unmistakably unveil the Almighty laboring in them. In the month ofAugust we had DNCVanmahotsav, a tree plantation drive. We all planted a sapling that day. Itwas raining cats and dogs buts not powerful enough to deter us. That day we knew that soiling our hands was away of reconciling our labor with creation and thus feel that Magnificence dwelling in them. Going organic is a well appreciated pro-nature initiative that's catching up momentum in the field of agriculture. We also maintain an organic farm here under the leadership of our minister Fr. Jacob, along with our scholastics and coworkers. They assure us with the good yield that chemicals are not the gods of advanced agricultural practices but eco- centric methods that do no harm to the larger web. Reconciliationof Lifestylewith Nature We are responsible for keeping promises to our younger generation. But though we are living in a rented home we have proved to be very poor caretakers of it. Think of all the waste generated each day! Some cities produce amounts if not segregated and disposed can make Earth a dump yard in a year. In DNC, we thought we should not preach until we practiced. So, we have our waste segregated now. We segregate at the source- in each one's room; then the biodegradable are moved to the newly built vermipit and the non-biodegradable to be disposed withthemunicipalgarbagetruck. ReconciliationofWorldto Nature We need to work until 'they beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks.' The DNC Tarumitra members go to schools in Pune to conscientize children about the alarming plight of our earth. We set up eco clubs and the children's enthusiasm is an inspiration and boost for us to continue this work. We also maintain noticeboards in DNC that tell ourselves here how imperative it is to do ecology than speak ecology. To conclude a poem of Tukaram will be helpful. He, a mystical poet, is aghast at the knowledge of God dwellingincreation; Lo, God is sprouting on the tree branches, God is spreading fragrance in flowers, God is quacking in ducks, God is barking in dogs, and most of all God is sittinginmeditationinhumanhearts! nd (Sch Nikhil is 2 yr Student of philosophy at JDV) 17 sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016 Reconciliation with Creation at De Nobili College, Pune – Formed to be Eco-ambassadors
  17. 17. 4 I's to Students (Imparting Inspiring Innovative Idea) Pune Youth Ministry also Known as PYA is a De Nobili College Apostolic Ministry focused in orienting school students in and around Pune city. This apostolate runs from June to September when schools conduct indoor programmes due to the monsoons. This academic year we were able to reach out to 12 schools in Pune. The topics covered during the orientation cum personality seminars were personality development, morals and ethics, social and media awareness, cyber crime, ethical use of internet and social media, management techniques, parent – child relationships, relationship and friendship, feelings and emotions, career guidance and choices and recollections for Christian students. The team consisted of students from Philosophy and Theology who were good at motivating the students to achieve their goals and make a better living in the future. Inspire, push, and get going is what makes the students take the leap to success. Pune Youth Ministry Panchsheel Nagar is a new slum ministry taken up by the DNC brothers at the request of Mr. Raj, the area leader.We cater to nearly 25 to 30 students from Monday to Friday for an hour, helping them with subjects like Maths, rd th English, Science and Marathi. The students are mainly from std 3 to 9 studying in various English and Marathi medium government schools. Two scholastics go daily for an hour to be with children and monitor their studies carefully. The daily attendance sheet is kept in order to have the record of the regular students, who then are later rewarded. In our visits to the children's homes we understanding of the family background and also the social and economic situation. It is an opportunity to interact with people of the other faiths too. This type of involvement has broughtus veryclosetothepeopleintheslumandwecanseethedifferencewheneverwearepresentthere. 18 PanchsheelNagar(Education&FamilyVisits) sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016sEPtEmBEr 2016