Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Fr.Ramon Eizaguirre

Fr.Ramon Eizaguirre died in the Lord at 10.30 a.m at jeevan Darshan Baroda on 26-03-2011 and the funeral is held at 5.30 p.m in the Rosary Church Baroda. May the Lord grant him the eternal rest.
Some information about Fr. Eizaguirre Ramon:

Father: Guillermo and Mother: Cecile Arregui

Born: 27-08-1925, Place: Tolosa Dist Guipuzcoa

Entered the society: 14-09-1943, Loyola Spain

Juniorate: Orduna ,Spain in 1945-1948

Philosophy: Shambaganur in 1949-1952

Theology: DNC Pune in 1955-1959

Orination: 24-03-1958 at Anand by Bp.Edwin
Responsibilities held:

Teacher: Loyola Hall, Ahmedabad 1960-1963

Minister: Loyola Hall in 1961-1963

Teacher: Rosary Baroda in 1963-1987

Vice Rector: Rosary in1975-1983

Principal: Rosary 1975-1989

Director: St. Xavier Tech, sevasi in 1987-1989

Parish priest: Valsad in 1991-1994

Treasurer: Rosary , Baroda 1994-2005

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Lent --- Dinesh

Dear brothers,

Thought of sharing this reflection with you...
I just returned this morning from meeting my spiritual director Joe Lacey. Joe is a Jesuit of the Maryland province who had worked for a number of years in Jamshedpur.

One of the questions he asked me was, “How are you going to go about lent this year?” He then shared the process he had gone through a few years back. As part of being in a parish, and very much involved in giving the 19th annotation Sp. Ex, he wanted blend the journey of lent into the journey of the spiritual exercises.

The team he was reflecting with all began with the assumption that lent corresponded to the 3rd week of the exercises. However when they looked at the readings through lent, they discovered that these focused more on the “journey to Jerusalem” – Lent was actually the journey into Easter. This insight transformed how they approached the “spiritual exercises for lent”

What Joe suggested to me was that one could begin with Easter – What would it be like to experience the Risen Lord, who has triumphed over evil and hatred, and sin and death; what would it be like to be one in a community of love, filled with the Holy Spirit; What would it be like to like in an environment suffused by the presence of the Risen Lord. …

This is the backdrop to our journey of lent. … And we could fill this picture out more fully – what would communities look like; what would Gujarat look like; what would our apostolates look like; suffused with the transforming presence of the Risen Lord who has triumphed!

And then we allow ourselves to reflect on our present situation… what is it that could prevent me from reaching and experiencing Easter more fully? What “prejudices’, beliefs, attitudes, habits etc. could limit my experience of Easter? What kinds of relationships, works, involvements are keeping me from experiencing the Risen Lord more abundantly? These are the things I can choose to “FAST” from or abstain from … the disordered attachments that I choose to set in order.

And then we could turn our eyes to those areas that we choose to cultivate, that can open us to a more profound encounter with the Risen Lord; and help us to be more congruent and sensitively attuned to the movements of the Spirit within us, among us, and in our world. …

… Perhaps something as simple as the “Preparatory Prayer” as an introduction to our reading the daily newspaper;

… Praying for one’s community members; thinking/speaking/acting kindly and joyfully about those persons that one feels disconnected from or even resentful towards…

… Maybe standing back from the world (as in the meditation on the Incarnation- joining the Trinity in gazing upon our world) to get a wider, global picture of God’s presence and action in the world … and concurrently God’s invitation to us… (These could become what has traditionally been called alms-giving – cultivating the positive) … All that could help us on our journey towards Easter.

This could be our journey … individuals on journey with others to the shared experience of Easter. I was wondering how this could colour our journey in the days ahead as a province as we head towards the Province Sammelan…

And how would it be if some of us found this meaningful enough to want to share our own journey of Lent-towards Easter with our companions.

Wishing you a Joyful Journey of Lent


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

cultural tour to Saurastra-- John Paul lobo

Shraddha Parivar spared a whole week for cultural tour to Saurastra. Fr. Aubrey, the dean of Gujarati studies and Dr. Thomas Parmar accompanied 5 linguists. I would not be able to narrate everything, however, I would not be making apt justice, if I do not name a few places of our visit. They are Sarkhej Roza, Lothal, Dholka, Harnej, Bhavnagar lock gate, Palitana, Diu, Veraval, Chorwad, Somanath, Gir forest, Girnar, Porbandar, Dwarkha, Bet-Dwarkha, Mithapur and Rajkot.

Studies in/of Gujarati language, culture and its people are incomplete without being exposed and then experienced and interiorized the core of the cultural and religious heritage. Truly, this journey towards the faith gave us informative and in-depth knowledge of variety of things. Prior to the tour, we had a well-nurtured one week course on the ‘history and the cultures of Gujarat’, lectured by Dr. Thomas Parmar.

Much of what we saw, heard, experienced and felt is an experience of heart and mind. Each place was filled with the grandeur of divine beauty and conveyed a unique message of service to humanity and peace. Personally, I was amazed at the adventures people have been undertaking since centuries, believing in the welfare of self and others, despite heightened commercialization at temples and other monuments. I am fortunate to have listened to a number of people from different religious traditions sharing unique experiences. Vibrating spiritual presence helped me personally (in a few places) to delve deeply into myself and experience the spiritual joy. Is not every authentic prayer influenced by spirit? The spirit which is mysteriously present in every heart prays with an unutterable groaning.

The whole journey, especially our stay, was a grace-filled moment as we came to know more about religious congregations who are serving Jesus in his people. We are indebted to the royal treatment, hospitality and generosity we received from priests, brothers and religious sisters all through our journey. Thank you so much.

We utilized and savored the time for community-building as we came to know a bit more about each one. We feel energized, spiritually strengthened and renewed and culturally rich, after a fruitful and bone-jarring 6-days journey. Our hearts and minds are schooled and life continues to teach lessons always.

I strongly believe that other companions of mine too had a very rational and spiritual experience. It is time now to cudgel our creative minds, as it is the last phase of official language study.

John Paul Lobo