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Vol. 168 No. 23 - June 10 - June 16, 2017

01 Cover

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03 Index

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04 Official

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05 Conferral of Canonical Honour

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06 Engagements

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07 Editorial - Profound, Personal and Practical - Fr Anthony Charanghat

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The first thing Christian parents teach their children about religion is the Sign of the Cross. 'In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.' The last thing a priest will do at the graveside is make the sign of the Cross over our remains. Between those two moments, a Christian's life is lived with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. By this simple practice, they are expressing and teaching the doctrine of the Trinity that is profound, personal and practical.

The central mystery of the profound truth of Christianity is its distinctive belief based on revealed truth in Scripture that God is a Trinity of persons. This singular mark of Christian faith experience that God is one in three persons is derived from the Holy Book. God gives us a glimpse into His own inner life as a powerful circle of love. The Father gives the Son all He has, and the Son is the perfect image of the Father. Between them, there is a love so powerful called the Holy Spirit. Each of these Persons is really and truly God. God is an eternal, powerful mystery of love.

One might wonder what the Trinity has to do with his or her life. Scripture speaks to us more personally about the Trinity and provides a link between the inner life of God and us. We learn of a Father who created children in His own image and likeness. He breathed into them the very breath of life. He wanted the best for them. But they rebelled and went their own way. Despite their rebellion and infidelities, the Father never abandons His children.

God loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son to the world who took on human nature for us. He had a love that was so great that He gave Himself to us as food to strengthen and unite us with Himself. His love is enduring and unending that it passed through death and beyond to ascend to glory for us, so that those who believe in the Son might have eternal life.

It is true that Creation is attributed to the Father, redemption to the Son and sanctification to the Holy Spirit. But the fact and truth of the matter is that the Trinity is the united efficient cause and essence of all these actions. The Trinity is also the origin of Christianity. Without the Trinity, we cannot understand Christianity.

Without the Trinity, what would Christmas, Eucharist, the salvific season of Lent, Resurrection, Ascension and Pentecost mean? The Mass begins and ends with the sign of the Cross. The profession of faith in the Trinity and all the prayers and celebrations of the Sacraments are offered to the Father, through the Son, and in the Holy Spirit.

The Trinity is One God who is a Community of Persons. The essence of the Trinity is a personal relationship of love between the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. We are made in the 'image of God', in the image of the Trinity. Love should also be characteristic of the Christian community.

The Trinity is the practical model for our lives. We need each other to be truly human. It is through relationships that we identify ourselves and become the person God has given us the potential to become. We too must love and be loved. This dynamic of Divine Love is creative, fulfilling and healing.

Moreover, every single baptised person has been baptised in the name of the father, and of the son, and of the holy spirit. through baptism, we have been sealed by the trinity, brought within its dynamic, and sent out on mission. The trinity is the destiny of our lives.

08 St Anthony of Padua - Fr Norman Perry

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St Anthony is always asked to intercede with God for the return of things lost or stolen. Those who feel very familiar with him may pray, “Tony, Tony, look around. Something’s lost and must be found.”

The reason for invoking Saint Anthony's help in finding lost or stolen things is traced back to an incident in his own life. As the story goes, Anthony had a book of Psalms that was very important to him. Besides the value of any book before the invention of printing, the Psalter had the notes and comments he had made to use for teaching students in his Franciscan Order.

A novice who had already grown tired of living religious life decided to depart the community. Besides going AWOL, he also took Anthony's Psalter! Upon realising his Psalter was missing, Anthony prayed it would be found or returned to him. And after his prayer, the thieving novice was moved to return the Psalter to Anthony, and to return to the Order which accepted him back. Legend has embroidered this story a bit. It has the novice stopped in his flight by a horrible devil brandishing an axe and threatening to trample him underfoot, if he did not immediately return the book. Obviously, a devil would hardly command anyone to do something good. But the core of the story would seem to be true. And the stolen book is said to be preserved in the Franciscan friary in Bologna.

In any event, shortly after his death, people began praying through Anthony to find or recover lost and stolen articles. And the Responsory of Saint Anthony composed by his contemporary, Julian of Spires, O.F.M., proclaims, "The sea obeys and fetters break/And lifeless limbs thou dost restore/While treasures lost are found again/When young or old thine aid implore."


Saint Anthony and the Child Jesus

Anthony has been pictured by artists and sculptors in all kinds of ways. He is depicted with a book in his hands, with a lily or torch. He has been painted preaching to fish, holding a monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament in front of a mule, or preaching in the public square, or from a nut tree.

But since the 17th century, we most often find the saint shown with the Child Jesus in his arm, or even with the Child standing on a book the saint holds. A story about Saint Anthony related in the complete edition of Butler's Lives of the Saints (edited, revised and supplemented by Herbert Anthony Thurston, SJ and Donald Attwater) projects back into the past a visit of Anthony to the Lord of Chatenauneuf. Anthony was praying far into the night, when suddenly the room was filled with light more brilliant than the sun. Jesus then appeared to Saint Anthony in the form of a little child. Chatenauneuf, attracted by the brilliant light that filled his house, was drawn to witness the vision, but promised to tell no one of it until after Anthony's death.

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10 How to help your child succeed - Michael Embley

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What can you do to help students to succeed?


1. Encourage Inquiry

All children are born with an inquisitive approach to life. They study the faces peering at them from birth, and learn to read the expressions and the tone of voice. They test their parents by wanting to put their fingers in danger, put dirty things in their mouth and climb on things that are high!

Adults recognise the dangers inherent in such inquiry, but also value the spirit with which such inquiry promotes learning. Inquiry is a key element of a child's learner profile and at the heart of all learning. Creating a learning environment in which students feel confident to explore, grow and challenge themselves is what all good schools should set out to do.


2. Making the most out of the early years

Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale, Professor Bloom, argued that 50% of learning takes place before the age of 4, and another 30% of learning takes place between 4 and 8 years old.

Children learn through their five senses - of sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell - and the sixth step of what we do physically. Each moment is a learning experience. They love to touch things, find out how they work, explore space and their environment, and they love to imitate adults.

All of these learning activities create pathways in the brain, either new (if it is the first time) or building on existing pathways.

Children learn to talk by talking; they learn to crawl by crawling; and they learn to walk by walking.

Giving students the opportunity to learn by using all their senses, and especially by doing, is another key element to fostering success. All the best sports people learn by doing. Roger Federer did not perfect his serve by reading about it; Tiger Woods does not improve his short game by watching videos of others chipping; David Beckham certainly did not learn to cross a ball by listening to others discuss it.

The best way to learn is to do it. Success is aided by giving students the opportunity and confidence to learn by doing, reflecting on their progress and doing it again.


3. Making the most of the world around us

Our homes, our beaches, our parks, our forests, our streets, our cities are all great places to learn, as long as children are encouraged to explore them safely through all their senses. Taking a walk around a wood provides endless opportunities for learning about Nature, science and the world around us. Finding your way around a complex Metro station is a real world numeracy lesson in the waiting. My son has guided us around stations, by reading the numbers on signs, since he first started being able to do so. This links perfectly to educational research, which tells us to link learning to real world experiences in order to create deeper learning and meaning for students.

4. Encourage Positivity

We all know how we feel after positive comments, and how we feel after negative comments. Accelerated learning pioneer Colin Rose said: "It is true that throughout life if you think you are a poor learner, then you probably are a poor learner." American research shows that young people are likely to hear six times more negative comments than positive ones. Comments like: "Don't do that. Don't touch that. Don't play with that."

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11 Law requires Law Colleges - Fr (Dr) John Rose, S.J.

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The legal profession, as such, gets a bad press, but the snide cliché, "lawyers are liars" has no validity, like the one about priests ("they don't practise what they preach") or doctors ("kill me quick"), and it has no power to deny that the practice of law is a noble profession. We may have heard of this one: a doctor, an engineer and a lawyer were debating which was the oldest profession. The doctor said God had to take a rib out of Adam to make Eve, making Him a surgeon, and therefore, medicine was the oldest profession. "But before that," the engineer chimed in, "God created the world out of chaos and confusion, and thus engineering was earlier than medicine." The lawyer laid back and asked: "But who do you think it is that produced all that chaos and confusion?" This and other countless lawyers' jokes highlight the many misdemeanours that the profession is susceptible to, but society cannot function without their expertise in resolving the many intricate problems that arise from the immensity and complexity of human nature and relationships.

Law is defined by the Webster's Collegiate Dictionary as "a binding custom or practice of a community," and this implies that no human society or organisation can exist without rules, not to be carried out for their own sake, but to safeguard the rights of individuals, "to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," or to foster the common good or maintain harmony in society. We could have imagined that the best of what law was supposed to create was to be found in the Church, but the search for the perfect society in it, the very "body of Christ' in which there is "no discord...but members have the same care for one another"(1 Cor 12:25) has not yet met with success. Paul is rather embarrassed that in the Church he founded "brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers." (1 Cor 6:6) If people fault the inability to be law-abiding to the existence of original sin in human nature, the problem would be understandable. But doesn't the fault lie in the very nature of law itself, judging from some rather intriguing texts from Paul? These are some of them: "For no human being will be justified in his sight by works of the law, since through the law comes knowledge [i.e. experience] of sin" (Rom 3:20); "sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace" (Rom 6:14); "God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law." (Gal 4:4-5) These seem to give a very negative connotation to law. Whereas, then, the Judaisers in the early Church fostered legalism, an excessive adherence to laws, some early Protestant groups held "antinomian" opinions, that no one was beholden to any moral law, and hence one was a law unto oneself.

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13 Why ‘Zero Garbage’? - Fr Felix Rebello

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About a few decades ago, we may not have spoken or heard much about terms like 'Waste Management', 'Zero Garbage', 'Zero Waste', 'Solid Waste Management', etc. In the olden times, the generation of waste was minimal, as people lived in tune with nature, using minimum material things. But in the last few decades, as the world progressed, human beings began to live more affluent and techno-oriented lives, generating various kind of waste like packaging materials, plastics, thermocol, e-waste, bio-medical waste, etc. In modern times, the increasing waste generation has adversely affected the environment. In fact, in his recent encyclical on environment Laudato Si', Pope Francis says, "The Earth, our home, is beginning to look like an immense pile of filth."

In our own country, everyday, thousands of tonnes of waste is generated. Mumbai alone generates more than 8000 tonnes of garbage. This garbage includes garbage generated by individual households, commercial and industrial establishments, charitable and educational institutions, and so on. Most of the waste produced by households and commercial establishments is ferried to the dumping grounds by municipal vehicles or private trucks engaged by local government bodies like Panchayats, town/city municipalities, municipal corporations, and so on.

Unless we handle this mounting waste in a scientific way, we are going to be doomed. Unscientific handling of waste has various negative repercussions on environment and quality of life. The untreated garbage creates various kinds of avoidable environmental problems:

1. AIR POLLUTION

During the decomposition stage, the wet garbage releases gases like methane, carbon dioxide, etc. Therefore, unscientifically handled garbage lying in our housing society premises, street bins, dumping grounds, etc. releases these gases and contaminates the air we breathe. The first victims of this air pollution are those residing near the dumping grounds. However, air pollution doesn't restrict itself only to the neighbouring residents of dumping grounds, as air has no boundaries. It affects all.

2. SOIL POLLUTION

The poisonous and harmful contents of this waste lying at huge dumping grounds and other places gradually percolates into the soil, especially during the rainy season. This makes the soil of the surrounding areas infertile.

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