Saturday, September 24, 2011

Sometimes Jesus walks on our Planet again and again and

we take time to "Recognize the Christ" in shapes and forms that are beyond "our little boxes" of perception.
Here's one case who stuck her/his head out. Irene Sandler, who was a simple Roman Catholic. Thank God for the fact that we got a chance to "see" the Christ in her.

Look at this lady - Let us never forget!

The world hasn't just become' s always been wicked. The prize doesn't always go to the most deserving.

Irena Sendler

There recently was a death of a 98 year-old lady named Irena.

During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist.

She had an 'ulterior motive'.
She KNEW what the Nazi's plans were for the Jews (being German).
Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried and she carried in the back of her truck a burlap sack, (for larger kids).

She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers of course wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.

During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants.

She was caught, and the Nazi's broke both her legs, arms and beat her severely. Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back yard.

After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived it and reunited the family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.

Last year Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was not selected. President Obama won one year before becoming President for his work as a community organizer for ACORN and Al Gore won also --- for a slide show on Global Warming.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

World Youth Day- Fr.Sunil Macwan

World Youth Day
Attended by nearly two million young people from 193 countries of the world, the World Youth Day 2011 concluded recently in Madrid, Spain. The Holy Father, Benedict XVI accompanied the youth from August 16 - 21 in Madrid. His presence was greeted with cheers of joy and jubilation by all the participants wherever he went. The theme of the WYD was "Rooted and Built Up in Jesus Christ, Firm in the Faith." (Col 2.7) 

The highlight of the gathering was a vigil at the Madrid airfield Cuatro Vientos on August 20. Nearly 20 lakhs youth attended it braving scorching heat of the day and thunderstorm and rain at night. In the presence of the Holy Father the Eucharistic Adoration brought about a reverent silence over the full stretch of the vast air field. The Holy Fahter celebrated his concluding mass at the same venue the following day. He exhorted the youth saying "The world needs the testimony of your faith".

To participate in this historic gathering in a "more" fervent manner the Jesuits had initiated a youth programme of their own called MAGIS 2011. Its theme was "With Christ at the Heart of the World". Over 3000 youths from 52 countries gathered at Loyola to start this Ignatian adventure at the foot of the Sanctuary of Loyola. The highlight of this initial phase was the solemn mass celebrated by Father General, Adolfo Nicolas S.J. on August 7. He then sent us on our way to different experiments. All the magis participants divided in 117 experiment groups each consisting 25 members left Loyola on 8 August. These experiments spread across the whole of Spain and parts of Portugal, were designed for an intensive experience of pilgrimage, social service, art, spirituality, ecology, faith and culture. They indeed united the groups and brought forth our spirit of magis. On August 15 the entire Magis group once again gathered in Madrid at El Recuerdo school, close to the residence of the Pope in Central Madrid.

Then on the Magis 2011 merged with overwhelming and energetic WYD participants. However, throughout the WYD celebrations the magis spirit prevailed through our incessant singing, dancing and lively participation in the Catechesis classes.

A group of 13 members represented Gujarat at both these events. Thanks to the generosity of the Gujarat Jesuits that besides a Jesuit and Sr.Pushpa Telor CCV, thirteen youth could travel to Spain for MAGIS and WYD 2011.
Over all it was a once-in-lifetime type of experience for all of us.