Successful stories of the world have an underlying insight to tell
us that great endings have humble beginnings. Some of the great entre-
preneurs had begun their work from scratch. We are not only inspired
by them, but also motivated to achieve some milestones in our lives too.
In the words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The heights by great
men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while
their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.”
The Society of Jesus has always been a contingent of men who
were formed through humble ways of living, keeping God in the centre of their life. The ear-
ly stages of formation initiate the young minds to dream big, to think high and to etch on
themselves the values of the One who called them to such a way of life.
Down the years Navasadhana, the Jesuit Pre- Novitiate in Bangalore, has been a house of
prayer and excellence. It has written manya successful story in red letters on the pages of the
history of Karnataka Jesuit province. As it is on the threshold of its silver jubilee celebrations.
In this issue we bring to you some of the fond memories of the Navasadhanites of their nos-
It is a time to thank God for his innumerable blessings in all the ups and downs of
its existence. We need to be indeed grateful to all the dauntless directors and regents who
worked hand in hand and side by side to inspire and motivate the young minds and hearts
with utmost care and concern.
This number also gives a forum to our scholastics to express themselves through their
The road to success is not straight.
There is a curve called Failure,
A loop called Confusion,
Speed bumps called Friends,
Red lights called Enemies, and
Caution lights called Family.
But if you have a spare called Determination,
An engine called Perseverance,
Insurance called Faith, and
A driver called Jesus,
You will make it to a place called Success!!
I gratefully acknowledge the contributions of the authors giving their reflections and
reminiscences. I thank Fr Stanislaus D’Souza SJ, Provincial and Fr Joseph D’Souza SJ, PCF
for their continuous support. I am indeed grateful to Fr Richard Sequeira SJ for the editorial
help. Wish you a happy reading.
November – February 14
Sch. Anush D’Cunha SJ
A Home away from Home
It was in the year 2011. Some time before May. I had finished my SSLC Exam-
ination, and was waiting for the results as well as thinking of my future. One fine day,
I got a phone call. It was 10:00 p.m. I heard a gentle voice asking me: “Do you want
to become a Priest?” I felt quite surprised, but I said: “Yes.” Again I heard: “I will visit
It was from then on that my life took a new turn. After attending all the
camps, I came to a new home. It was full of boys of my age. I knew none of them. I
saw some, seeming to be quite free attending to different works and even guiding others. I also saw some
others, lost and anxious like me. It was the very first time that I was living away from my home and my par-
ents. Initially, I often felt sad and was like a fish out of water. However, as the days went by, the words I saw
on the first day, “A Home away from Home,” began to make sense. I slowly began to enjoy being in Navasa-
dhana.The dedicated service of Frs. Arun and Ronnie and then that of Schs.Balakiran and Dheeraj shaped
Now, when I look back at those two inspiring and golden years, I feel contented, indeed very happy.
It was in Navasadhana that the seedling of my vocation was well nurtured. Now, it has grown into a tree.
Navasadhana laid a firm foundation, helping me to shape myself well in the next stage of formation, viz, the
Novitiate.I had been shy and fearful. I had openly expressed it to my Directors, the regents and my com-
panions. They encouraged me, supported me and gave me opportunities to overcome my fear and shyness.
Though they were strangers when I met them first, they soon became my own elder brothers. I cannot forget
the love and care of our neighbours. They taught me English and corrected me when I spoke wrongly. Their
devotion to and regularity at Mass, the rosary and other spiritual exercises, helped me to grow in my rela-
tionship with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and with Mother Mary.
As Navasadhana celebrates its Silver Jubilee, I pray and wish that its “silver” may turn into “gold”, that
it may help more and more young men to shape themselves well in the service of God and of their fellow
Sch. Chethan Kumar SJ
Who is a stupid?
A stupid person laughs three times at a joke;
once when everyone else is laughing,
a second time when he actually gets the joke,
and a third time when he realizes he was laughing without getting the
joke at first.
The Seasoning of the Grain
One day the grain asked the soil, “How will I be more useful in this world?
And what is the unique thing that I have in me to contribute to others?”
The soil replied to the grain, “Come and see.”
The sower acted as the mediator between the grain and the soil and helped
the grain to be sown. Nights and days passed, season and time passed, the grain took
shelter in the same soil. Thus, it began discovering the wonder of the soil, and getting
to know its own identity. This nurtured the grain in finding its place in the world,
with all the questions that it had posed previously. Finally, with a generous “yes” to
the implied call it received from the soil, it applied itself fully, and slowly started
sprouting and growing.
With this analogy of the soil and the grain,I would like to compliment the life in the Society, in Navasadha-
na. Navasadhana was and is the power house or the womb of the Society.What exactly happened to the grain
in the process of seasoning? The grain got initiated into a life of
prayer,timely study, singing aloud at the top of its lungs, man-
ual work in solidarity with a working man and the recreations
to come together.
It was a life lived differently from the former one, and this
made a new beginning in each one. The foundation of organ-
ising and having an equilibrium in the way of life taught each
one to be men for others. Integration of Jesuit culture into the
already existing culture started taking roots. Finally, it was a family of friends in the Lord, gathered to
The questions posed during those days and now may not be the same, but the process of its transfor-
mation is simply to be admired. Even then the desire in each one was like a small burning flame.The gener-
osity of God and of the Society made way for the grain to be rooted and grounded in love for its vocation.
It was a choice made out of passion and love. Lotsof eventsand people passed by the route, some nurturing
and others pruning. But the companionship and the guidance gave confidence to face the various storms in
life. Thus, everything done to the grain was gratefully accepted with joy and it began preparing for the next
stage of formation with curiosity and eagerness. In the words of St Teresa of Kolkata, “God has not called
me to be successful. He called me to be Faithful.” This is what mattered much and remained as a motivating
factor for the grain in its life as a Jesuit.
Sch. Avinash D’Souza SJ
Navasadhana- words of love and gratitude
It is a home away from home; it is where new friendships form us, indelible experiences
shape us and the love of our companions nurtures us. It is the age of discovery, of exploring life
Thanks to Fr. Brian Pereira (the director) and Frs. Arun Kumar and Melwyn Lobo (the regents) for their love and
Sch. Vinod AJ SJ
Navasadhana- Home Away From Home
I vividly remember the day I walked into Navasadhana for the first time in my
life. I came from Harobale (a remote village Parish) along with my mother seeking ad-
mission into the Pre-novitiate. Fr.Jossy Rodrigues was the Director. He was very cordial
and hospitable. He made us feel at home by personally attending to us, serving lunch
and enquiring about our journey. It left a very deep impression on me about the Jesuits,
for he was the first Jesuit I met in my life. That day I decided to stay with the Jesuits.
My two years’ stay at Navasadhana has played a very significant role in shaping
me as a Jesuit. It has laid a solid foundation for my formative journey in the Society.
Navasadhana was not a formation house. It was not a seminary. Rather it was a home- home away from home. Of
course there was a time table. There was discipline. There were rules and regulations, restrictions, corrections and
punishment, and manual works. But more than all these, there was love. I felt loved and cared for in Navasadhana.
That is what I cherish most.
I have had the joy of seeing myself being transformed from a rugged village boy into a fine, well-motivat-
ed pre-novice, ready to join the Society of Jesus. It was a joy to see
my companions and me blooming as young men. Everything that
was said and done in Navasadhana was geared towards the integral
and holistic formation of the candidates.
Manual Works, Prayers, Eucharist, study, classes, coaching,
camps, recreations, Sunday classes, picnics, community meetings,
Navasadhana day celebrations were all opportunities for me to blos-
som into a fine gentleman. They provided me aplatform to gain con-
fidence, and my human qualities to flower forth.
directors Frs SunilFernandes and Arun Kumar. We are fruits of their
commitment and dedication. They have facilitated our growth with the utmost patience and love.
Formation is a very delicate and challenging mission both for the formees and the Formators. I realized
it when I came back to Navasadhana as a Regent. It was a time for me to learn and unlearn many things. I loved
to be with the young budding candidates, full of joy and fun. At the same time it was challenging for me to tend
them. They did challenge me in many ways.
Collaborating with Fr.Arun Kumar was another learning experience. The trust he placed in me and the freedom
he gave me made me appreciate the Society of Jesus. It was a joy to see our cooks do their humdrum work with
dedication and love.
I gratefully remember all our neighbours who were really helpful to us at any time of the day. Their pres-
ence and co-operation adds so much to formative value for our Candidates.
When I think of Navasadhana I become nostalgic. The house and the people have made me feel loved and
cared for. The strong foundation laid there has helped me to row through rough waters of life with dedication and
Fr Balakiran SJ
PAUSE and DECIDE
What should I write? Was it my own desire and decision to say ‘YES’ to that
priest about joining the seminary? Yes, it was my own. But what happened now?
Who is the reason for this?
The first unforgettable day in my life!!! When I was studying in the SSLC class, Fr
Thomas D’Souza came to our school one afternoon. I was greatly moved by the
words that he spoke about the life of religious and their self-sacrificing deeds for
Christ. I felt that the seed I had in me to become a priest got a goodfertileground to
let the roots go deep and to let the shoots reach high in the sky.
When I came back home in the evening, after school, I told my parents about
my desire and the decision of my life.
My Father said to me, “Go ahead and
don’t look back.” My mother, though
not happy with my decision, said after
a long time, “It’s your wish. I don’t say
anything. But remember, if you be-
come a priest, you will get everything
but not marriage.”
Months and years passed in
the seminary. I was happy and joyful
about the present state of life. I came
to know more about my God and
made lots of friends in the face book,
what’s app and even in reality. There
were any number of deadly storms, especially doubting my own vocation that arose in the path of my chosen
life. Ifaced them calmly and patiently. I never shared my inner world with anybody, even with my God! I
went on with it.
My Provincial sent me to a new place for my next stage of formation, that is, for my degree studies.
I had no difficulty with his decision. I willingly went to that place along with my companions. I had ample
expectations for my own life, like excelling in my studies and mingling freely and equally with boys and girls.
One month passed. I made only three good friends out of one fifty classmates. Shyness and fear blocked me
from mingling with them. My superior and the companions were forcing me to come out of my limitations.
I was working on them.
The second and the last unforgettable day in my life. She was a late comer to our college. When I saw
her for the first time, truly, I did not feel or think anything. She was a beautiful and good looking girl. Her
name was Gayatri. As days passed, I noticed some external and internal changes taking place in me. I em-
barked on giving more importance to my dress, hair style and my academic life. My eyes began to hunt for
her in and outside the class.I spent my prayer time thinking about my life with her. I was conscious that all
these changes were to please her and win her love. One day Rajesh, one of my classmates, told me privately
that Gayatri was in love with me. That was enough for me. I was high up in the air. I did not ask him how he
knew it. I just believed him. Even I felt that she was in love with me, because there were times when our eyes
met and spoke about our warm and silent love for each other. However, I did not dare to say, “I love you” to
her in words.
No one can stop time, but everyone can make a good use of it. But I did not. Itwas perhaps the most
awful day in my life. As soon as I got up in the afternoon, I opened what’s app and was shocked to see the
display picture of Rajesh. He had posted the selfiewith Gayathri, who was kissing his cheek. With deep pain
in my heart and tears in my eyes, I read his status which said ‘I luvu Gayathri’. Then I got a notification from
Face Book saying that Rajesh had posted the photos. Suddenly, I opened the face book and saw so many
photos of him with her. I clicked on ‘Like’ and threw away my mobile. I did not know what to do or with
whom to share my inner turmoil. I just went and lay down on my bed to sleep, as I used to do always,as I was
not able to face the struggles of my life. I tried my best to sleep, butfailed. Her stunning eyes were piercing
my heart and soul. I got dreadfully angrywith Rajesh. But I could not do anything. I was helpless.
Rajesh has got a good partner and even Gayatri too. Gayatri will be happier with Rajesh than with me. Poor
girl, it was not her mistake but mine. Being a boy I failed to express my true and genuine love to her. If I
had proposed to her and if she had accepted my proposal, what would be next? She is a Hindu girl and I am
a Christian boy; but much more than that, I am a religious. Would my family, my friends and the religious
order accept my future life partner? If they do and if I leave the religious order to marry her, will not my rel-
atives and the neighbours fool and call me, till my death, a ‘half priest’ and it will be a bad name to my family.
So what next?
I could not find an answer to this question. I went to the college. My eyes were searching for her. But
she did not come to classnor did Rajesh. I attended all the classes and listened to the lectures with the ab-
sence of my heart and mind. After the class I returned to the seminary and rushed to my room. It was more
than I could bear. I could face it no longer.
Sorry, father, mother, brother and sister...
As I began this new paragraph of my death note, something pushed me to go ahead. So I began read-
ing it once again. Though I was fully convinced of committing suicide, the last sentence of the death note
“Sorry,father,mother, brother and sister.”
This pause brought in ample of questions to my mind. Why am I committing suicide? Is it because
Gayathri didn’t love me? What about the love of my family? Is it greater than her love?
Tears rolled from my eyes.I held back my tears. I crushed the death note and threw it in the dust bin and
shouted, “I love you dad, I love you mom. I decide that I will not commit suicide. I will live. I want to live for
you, for your love. Your love is far greater than hers. She is nothing for me. Sorry dad, sorry mom.”
Suddenly the bell rang. It’s a reminder bell for us to get ready for the game. I wore my shoes and went
to the basket ball court.
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SHE Taught me........
Trin ...... the bell rang, it was 4.30 pm. It was the month of June and there
was a heavy downpour. I finished my day’s classesat St.Joseph’s College. I could not
step out of the college gate due to the heavy rain.I waited for some time, hoping that
it would stop raining, but there were no such sign. So I decided to move. A stone’s
throw from my college lay the busy Brigade Road.It is as busy as bees, so much so
one could not make out whether the vehicle on the move was a car or a bus - they
moved so fast.To compete with them the crowds too, irrespective of colour, gender
and age, were moving very fast without even looking at each other. Neither rain nor
storm would slowdown busy Brigade Road. I wished once at least this busy road would stop moving and
I came out in the rain, trying to cover my head with my hands and began to run towards the Brigade
Road, breaking into the crowd to find my way to the bus stop to catch bus No 254, which goes to my place
siluvepura. There are very few buses to my place, so I had to rush to find thebus; if not, I would have had to
wait for another two hours to catchthe next one. These anxious thoughts wererunning through my mind
when suddenly I slipped on the foot-path and accidentally fell
on a girl,knocking her down. She lost her balance and fell on
the road. Immediately, even before I could say sorry, a santrocar
raced onher and smashed her right leg. She screamed loudly in
pain, bringing the whole traffic on Brigade Road to a stand-
still,and fell unconscious.
“Oh, no ...” I screamed looking at her. The rain water was
washing away the blood from her wounded leg.I was helpless
and was trembling with fear; with the help of others I took her
to St.Philomena’s Hospital as it was quite closeby. Her innocent
face and the flowing blood seemed shouting at me that ‘I was
guilty’. The doctors examined her horrible condition, and imme-
diately took her to the I.C.U. I came out of the hospital and cried
a lot.I had never cried so profusely in my life before. A nurse
called me Mr. and gave me the hand bag of that wounded girl. I
found a phone diary in which her name was written.It read, Divya Jyothi , age 21,(two years younger than
me ); address: door no 9, Victoria layout, 6th cross, Bangalore -47. Her phone No. was 080-25576832. She
was a Catholic, belonging to Sacred Heart Parish. She had lost her father.I called her mother over the phone,
and told her that her daughter had met with an accident. As soon as she heard the news she burst into tears.
I could makeit out from the telephone. She rushed to the hospital which was just half a kilometre from her
house. She enquired from me and wept bitterly. I just could not bear the sight of her crying so loudly, so I
went away from her. Fear had filled my mind and guilt had choked my heart. I did notknowwhat to do,where
to go and whom to tell. I went to the Sacred Heart Church and cried and pleaded with God that I did not do
it purposely. Though nobody had noticed when I knocked herdown,myconscience would not keep quiet; it
pricked me, kept on telling me that I had committed a crime. Who could escape from one’s own conscience?
After an hour or so I left the place and went home by bus. I did not speak to anybody,not even dared to look
at them,because all looked like that girl to me, and I was shivering. I had high fever and severe headache. I
tried to sleep but could not. Theimage of DivyaJyothi had filled my mind. I could not think anything but her.
Early next morning, instead of going to the college, I,went straight to the hospital, B ward, bed no
27.I saw DivyaJyothi lying on the bed. She had closed her eyes.Her innocent face reduced my anxiety and
fear and she looked very beautiful.Her mother told me that she had to undergo a surgery at 10.45 am. I
was waiting near the operation theatre half an hour before. Around 10:45a.m. the nurse brought her to the
operation theatre.Before entering it, she opened her eyes and saw me standing. I wanted to saysorry, but by
the time I could open my mouth, they took her inside the operation theatre and closed the door.Her mother
came and stood next to me. During those moments, I often looked at the watch.The operation went on till
12:15 pm; that hour and a half seemed like one and half years to me. When the surgeon came out I asked
him how she was.He said that he tried his best, but there was no other alternative, but to amputate the leg.
Hearing this, the mother yelled loudly in agony. ‘Doctor’ she shouted, “If you want, take my legs, but give the
leg to my daughter.” This time I could not control my emotions;I too wept bitterly withher.I cursed myself for
ruining the future of a young girl. I could not stay there any longer, and just left that place.
When I reachedhome, I could not speak, my voice waschoked.I could not eat,norswallow a morsel
of food. My mother gave me acrocin tablet, for I had high fever. I tried to sleep but the painful scream of
DivyaJyothiwoke me many times from the bed . Next day as I was getting ready to go out, my mother told
me not to go to college, because I was not well. But I said, ‘I want to go’ and left the house. All that I wanted
was to see her and ask pardon from her; so I went to the hospital. As soon as I saw her face, my temperature
went down. Her mother introduced me to her saying, “He was the one who brought you to the hospital and
took care of you.” Joining herhands she thanked me.I was moved by her kind gesture, yetfelt bad because
she was thanking the one who had brought her to such a condition. She said,“I have lost my leg, I have no
future. I had many dreams in life, but.... now everythingwent in vain”, and she cried.I tried to console her. As
I was speaking toher, suddenly she told me angrily that someone had pushed her from behindthat day, and
that was how she fell on the road. She started cursing that person for ruining her life. I felt very miserable. I
wanted to tell her that it was I who did that act,but looking at her angry face, I refrained, and withdrew from
there saying that I had to go to the college.My mouth was dry and I was sweating. As I was about to leave
the ward, she asked me in polite tone, ‘What’s your name?’. Isaid ‘Jude’ and left her and went home. What
a name! Jude is the name of a saint,patron of hopeless cases. Here I am, instead of helping people in their
hopelessness, causing them lose hope.
All through the day, the words of Jyothi were repeatedly coming to my mind and made me feel
guilty. I was not able to hide the truth, my conscience was pricking me again and again,and I decided to tell
her the truth. I spent a sleepless night again. I went straight to the hospital next morning. It was the third
day since the incident took place. I wished her ‘good morning’; she looked quite sad and did not reply. Her
facial expression told me that something had gone wrong. I asked her mother,‘What happened?’ She said
that Jyothi was engaged toJerrin (a software engineer) a month ago. He had come to see Jyothi,that morning
and looking at her condition had declared that he did not want to marry a handicapped girl and suffer in
life. She had begged him not to leave her, but he said, ‘No’ and went away. She burst into tears as she said
this. She started cursing God for the injustice done to her innocent daughter and the culprit who brought
her to this condition.I could no more hide the truth. I let out the truth, saying, “The culprit is me, I was the
one who knocked her from behind, not purposely but accidentally.” It fanned the flame of her anger. She got
hold of my collar and started shouting loudly saying, “Why did you do that? I thought you are a good man,
a small mistake of yours has ruined my daughter’s whole life.” She told me sternly, “Now ...you must marry
her and give life to her”, and she went away.I was in a dilemma, because I wanted to become a Catholic priest
and my parents and relatives too wished the same.I did not know what to do, what to choose - whether to
fulfil my and my parents’dreamor to marry this girl in compensation for my fault. I simply stood still and
dumbfounded, and collapsed on the chair.
“Jude” she called me in a polite voice, and asked me to sit close to her. She told me, “I understand
you, don’t feel bad and guilty, I know you did not do it purposely. Well,.......it was my fate.Don’t be worried
about what my mother said. If you really want to marry me out of your free will, you marry me, but not
because my mother forced you to. Don’t even marry me in compensation for your fault; by doing that, you
will not be able to give back my leg.” She went on –“Every choice we make in life must be free and of our
own will, not forced by others. ‘Don’t make choices for others’sake, make choices for your sake’,for we need
to run our race by ourselves, and others can’t run for us. They can only watch us run from outside. Let your
choice be free and out of your conviction; then you will be happy with your choice.” I was really inspired by
her conviction, and tears rolled from my eyes.
She gently touched my cheek to wipe my tears ......that touch woke me up..... from my sleep. When I
opened my eyes, there was no one except my mother. She said, “Good morning.” Only then, with a terrible
start but with sweet surprise I realised that it was all a dream. What a terrible dream it was! I could not really
get the picture of that girl DivyaJyothi before my eyes.But her words were very clear.They kept on ringing
in my ears –“don’t make choices for others’ sake,but make choices for your sake.” As I was discerning and
- Sch. Leo Florence SJ
preparing myself to go to Navasadhana,a Jesuit pre-Novitiatein Bangalore,her inspiring words helped me
to discern well. As I came out of my room to feel the warmth of sunrise,I asked myself sincerely,my father
wants me to become a priest,my mother wants me to become a priest and my relatives wants me to become
a priest; but..doI really want to become a priest?.....In my dream,
“She taught me to make choices in life for myself and to live my Life.”
I find my life with purpose and meaning
More than you possibly know
From my birth till my death
I would catch every glimpse of
What I do and where I go.
I was born to pious parents
Who taught me gently how to pray.
Took every step with me
Held me before I stumble
Taught me never to tremble and to be humble,
They formed me to be ever Thine.
I feel sad, I feel happy, I feel strong and I feel weak
But always content with joy of His.
As I gaze into the past
I see those who have left their footprints,
Are sailing with me on the boat of life
Giving me assurance that we shall never sink.
I want to die, surely not in an accident
Where I am just forgotten.
I will walk on those roads
Where no one dared to tread
And build my life to create wonderful moments.
This life is of course! Precious and special,
Every minute I long to see an angel!
And with pure determination and strength
Soar like a seagull.
Sch. Anush D’Cunha SJ
VILLAGE EXPERIENCE IN BENACHINA MARADI
“Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate the love of God and family and to create memories that will
last forever. Jesus is God’s perfect, indescribable gift. The amazing thing is that not only are we able to receive
this gift, but we are able to share it with others at Christmas and every other day of the year.”
To share this Christmas joy we the Vidyaniketan community joined our hands together to spread Christ’s love
to the poor and the downtrodden.
Under the patronage of our beloved Superior,FrPrashanth Wesley D’Souza, we chose the village
BenachinaMaradi is a hamlet which is 25 km away from the city of Belagaavi, Karnataka. We had our expe-
rience from 10-17 of December,2016.
We lived in an area surrounded by the Protestant sect who, though poor, were rich in faith in and devotion
to Jesus Christ.
The people here are Christians, but due to their low caste status they are discriminated against. Their
stories are very painful to hear. They were living their life as slaves and untouchables until they were awak-
ened by their leader Kashavva by name.
Kashavva is a woman who is strong mentally,physically, psychologically and in faith.
She has been the binding force for all of them. They also have a small church where they have services on
Sunday when a Protestant pastor comes and breaks the word to them.Their faith is unshakable. Their prayer
is solid like a rock.
They were very welcoming when we arrived. The very lifestyle of our Jesuits was liked by them, as we
prayed and worked in proper proportion.
Some of us used to go to the government school to teach children and make them aware of the importance
of cleanliness. We even had a day’s shramadana inspiring children to be clean and to keep their village clean.
We also conducted charismatic kind of prayers to give them more of Jesus Christ. They were inspired by our
way of praying and we too incorporated their ways.Bible classes were regularly taken every morning. The
mesmerizing thing about this was that they were at their best when it came to Biblical knowledge. We even
welcomed them to attend the holy mass in which they took part actively by constant singing of bhajans and
We cooked our food ourselves and even gave a grand meal to the whole village. There was a lot con-
tributed by the scholastics with regard to faith and cleanliness. There was also a cultural programme given
by us which highlighted the mercy of the Lord and the aspect of social evils.
This experience has truly awakened the Jesuit spirit in us. It has strengthened our vocation and spir-
itual life. Truly it was a time of grace when we could prepare for Christmas and get along in our Jesuit life
with full life and spirit.
- Sch. Cannon Fernandes SJ
Fr Lancy Fernandes SJ releases maiden two books
Two books written by Fr Lancy Manoj Fernandes SJ, the newly ordained
Jesuit priest for Karnataka Province were released by Fr Dennis Moras Prabhu, Vic-
ar General of Mangaluru Diocese and Fr Stanislaus D’ Souza SJ, the Provincial of
Karnataka Jesuits respectively at Jeppu seminary grounds on the occasion of the
First Mass of Fr Lancy Fernandes SJ. Fr Lancy SJ was ordained on Dec 27, 2016 at
Divine Mercy Church by Bp Aloysius Paul D’Souza.
T h e
First book titled, “My Encoun-
ter With Questions,” deals
with analysis of Indian Issues,
an anthology of articles, pub-
lished by Fr Lancy in Nation-
al magazine, Indian Currents
for the past 6-7 years. It is
published by RTC publica-
tions, Bengaluru. The author
attempts to ask and answer
several prominent questions
about the socio-political real-
ity around us that trouble our
nation ranging from youth,
ecology, education, challenges
of modernity, crippling lives
of the under-privileged and
burning issues like terrorism, globalisation, development model, poverty, Euthanasia, and so on. In a word
it has creative and thought provoking approaches that are a need of the hour today.
The second book ti-
tled “Challenges to Christian
Religosity Today” is published
by Vaigarai Publications,
Dindigul. This book is an at-
tempt to simplify Christian
ethos for the ‘People of God.’
It deals with questions about
day-to-day religious practices
of Catholics that need better
understanding for the mod-
ern age like Mass, Sacraments,
Ten Commandments, Cross,
family, Lent, Christmas etc. It
is a wonderful and down-to-
earth book that addresses the
questions of today’s youth with
each chapter inviting the read-
er for reflection through questions. It can also be a guide to parents to teach catechism at home. Most of the
articles in this book have appeared in ‘Tabor Kirana,’ a monthly magazine of B’lore Archdiocese.
Fr Lancy Fernandes SJ hails from Jeppu parish. He is a well versed writer in Kannada and English.
Writing began in him as a hobby. In an interview to Prajwalana, Fr Lancy said, “My first book is an offering
The Forgotten Gospel
In an interview to Prajwalana, Fr Lancy said, “My first book is an offering to my nation which has nurtured
me for so many years to be a proud Indian and is dedicated to my elder brother Late Br Loy Fernandes SJ
who unfortunately left at the prime age of 24 years. The second book is my offering to the Catholic Church
which has fostered my faith since childhood and encouraged me to be a religious.
These two books are be available at Gerosa Co, Gem & Co, Pauline Publications, Hampankatta. It will soon
be available in Pauline Publications, Pauline Publications Bengaluru.
Price: My Encounter with Questions – Rs 150.00
Challenges to Christian Religosity Today – Rs 70.00
finishing our heavy work in the night and we sat on an old sofa.
“Mikael,” I said to my brother, “If we continue this workfor some more time, we will
surely become rich and all people will respect us. But I am only afraid of the Roman
“Joshua, do not get tensed,”
said my brother after a long
pause. “The art of robbery
is in our blood. The Roman
soldiers cannot do anything to us. Now take some
Yes! We both were robbers, criminals. We con-
sidered robbery as our holy work and God’s will for
us on earth.We found joy and happiness whenever
we beat others and robbed them of their valuable
things.Since my brother and I knew that the world
respects and honorsthe rich, we dreamt of becoming
rich, but it was possible for us only through our holy
work. We were also readyto do anything to fulfil this
dream. But this dream of mine got shattered, when I
Once, as we were roaming in a village called Galilee, we saw a huge multitude of people on a mountain. We de-
cided to open a robbery branch there. As we were approaching the mountain, I heard a gentle voice. It said, “Store
up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in
I was disturbed. I thought of leaving the place. I saw my brother; he had already begun his work. I took
a deep breath and moved forward. Suddenly that man’s and my eyes met. I tried to look away, but I failed. I saw
somethingnew and moreprecious than all the valuable things of the worldin his eyes. I felt like taking it from him.
So I decided to rob it. But how could I rob it from his eyes? Suddenly I became aware of the huge waves arising
in the calm sea of my soul. I could not continue my work any longer. My legs started moving towards my house,
with an empty hand and without saying a word to my brother. I wanted to sleep, since I could not face the turmoil
within me. Even at that moment, I noticed that a new dream beganto sproutin me to see that man once again, but
much more than to rob it from him.
After a long time, my brother came back homewith a handful of things. But he said not say a word. The next
morning, he came to me and said, “Joshua, I have planned to do our holy work inthecenturion’s house tonight. I
am hoping to get some valuable things.”
Since my existing dream wasdifferent,I refused his invitation and said firmly, “I do not want to berich.” Suddenly
I could feel a sharp pain on my cheek. For the first time in my life, he had hit me! Who is the reason for this?
I remembered all the days that I spent with him. He had given me everything, especially filial love, since I
did not see them. Hewas a like a God to me. Since I did not want to hurt him, I decided to join him.
At midnight as we were entering the house, unfortunately, we were caught in the web of the soldiers. There was
no hope of escaping. The next day,Pilate sentenced us to be crucified on the Cross. I was frightened of death and
now death on the Cross, a horrible death.Simultaneously, the dream of mine became stronger and stronger. But
I decided to give up that dream.
On the eve of our crucifixion, I came to know that my brother and I were going to be crucified on the mount
called the Skull,along with a Jew, named Jesus. But I did not know who this Jesus was. I thought that he must be
a criminal like us.
As I was moving towards the mountain, while carrying my heavy Cross, I saw that man! But I did not
expect that I will see him in this position! His garment was soaked in blood. Drops of blood and
amixture of salty sweat ran down into his eyes. A thorny crown was pinned tightly on his head. He looked help-
less, thirsty and exhausted. The soldiers were mercilessly beating him. Some were laughing and some were crying
for him. ‘Who is he? Why are they crucifying him? What has he done to them?’ A lot more questions entered my
mind but I did not understand anything. I desired to help him to carry his Cross. Since I had my own heavy Cross,
I could not do so.
After we were nailed to our Crosses, we were hoisted up from the earth. What a terrible pain it was! Cursed! All
my sins came back to me in the form of a Cross and three nails. But what sins had Jesus committed? I had already
given up the dream of robbing it from him.
The soldiers started to mock him, “If you are the king of the Jews save yourself and others.”
‘Is Jesus the king of the Jews?’A question arose in me. I wanted to smash all these soldiers and take Jesus far from
this place, but that was impossible now.
I heard him saying, “Father forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”
‘Who is that Father?’ another question. He started to console a man and two women, who were standing under
his Cross. They were helplessly looking at what they have done to him. But I was buried in my questions. ‘Who
is…’suddenly he looked at me. Our eyes met. Enough…no more questions, no more doubts. He is the son of God,
Messiah, Saviour of the worldand king of all kings. My heart started to fly like a bird even in that agony. What a
joy in my heart!
“Are you not the Messiah?” I heard my brother’s voice, “Save yourselfand us!”
I got angry with him and I said to him, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condem-
nation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this
man has done nothing wrong.” And I looked at my Saviour and said, “Jesus remember me when you come into
“Truly I tell you”, he said to me, “Today you will be with me in Paradise.”
After some time I looked at him; he had already stoppedbreathing.
Now I am on the cross. He is dead, but I know that he will rise again! A soldier is coming towards me to
break my legs, so that I may die soon. But now I am not afraid of death. But before closing my eyes, I would like to
say that I narrated my life story not only that you may believe in him but much more in his mercy! Yes, I dreamt
ofrobbing a new and precious mercy from his eyes but to my surprise, he gave it freely to me, to a criminal! Does
he not also give it to youfreely? It is my desire that you may encounter his unconditional mercy which has saved
me today. It is not too late for you. Look at him just as you are, at least once, so that all your sins will be wiped
away and you may be filled with his unconditional mercy. Now, my hour has come…see you in the Paradise of
- Sch. Amith Sandeep D’Souza SJ
Coordinators: Sch. Anush P. D’Cunha SJ,
Sch. Nithin Machado SJ, Sch, Ovin Rodrigues SJ, Sch. Vivian
Sch. Leo Florence SJ
Adviser: Fr Richard Sequeira SJ
Guiding Team:Fr Provincial, Fr PCF
Coordinators in the Formation Houses: Schs. Royce
Arvind, Dolwin Cutinha, Lumnesh Swaroop, Leo Florence,
Ashwil Lobo, Nishanth Noronha, Avinash D’Souza,
Royster Monis, Ashok Sequeira
Section Coordinators: Schs. AshwinCordeiro, Pruthvi Ro-
drigues, Nithin Machado, Jeevan Gomes, Kiran Leema,
Merwyn Fernandes, Vinod AJ
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