Fr. Johnson Kallidukil MSFS - Beloved Confreres,
Season of Lent : Once again, we enter into the holy season of Lent. As individuals and as communities I am sure each of us has some specific plans as to how we can live this holy season. We are very much used to the term - Abstinence ie restraining oneself from doing or enjoying something. It can be in matters of food, drinks, entertainments etc. But let us remember: Not that which goes into the mouth defiles a man; but that which comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man (Mt.15:11).
The things that come out of a man are the things that make him unclean. All these evil things begin inside a person, in the mind: evil thoughts, sexual immorality, stealing, murder, adultery, selfishness, doing bad things to other people, lying, doing sinful things, jealousy, saying bad things about people, pride, and foolish living. All these evil things come from within a person. These things make a person unclean (Mk. 7:20-23).
There is nothing like being a person of goodness. There is no selfishness in him. He does not think evil about others; he never talks ill of others and he restrains form doing bad things to other people. He is simple and humble. He is generous in sharing even though he may not have much. He does not feel jealous about the joy of others. His love for others does not go pervert. If we can reach to this stage of growth in our selves and in our relationships, I can assure you that we are pleasing in the sight of God.
On the other hand what does it matter, even if we abstain from many things such as food and drink and if we allow evil to be generated in us? Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God (Joel 2:13). Lent is more than prayers and giving up some things that gives us legitimate pleasures. It is all about my person in relation to God and to my brothers and sisters. Let us make genuine efforts to be persons of goodness, kindness, compassion, forgiveness, simplicity and humility. Let us be person who never speak ill of the others. Let us be persons who cherish and appreciate the good in the other.
May the ash that we apply today on our foreheads, be the seal for our mind and heart that we may never generate evil and transmit evil to the other by our thoughts, words and deeds. Besides let the ash also proclaim that we are persons of goodness and agents of mercy and compassion of God.
New Catechism Books in Swahili by Fr. Sebastian Palakudy MSFS
As part of the family apostolate in the Archdiocese of Tabora, Fr. Sebastian Palakudy has brought out a set of seven books - titled: Mafundisho kwa watoto - meant for the children from Class 1 to VII. It is a very good work presenting the basic Catholic teachings in simple language and with illustrations. I recommend these books to be used in our parishes and schools. For the copies please contact: Fr. Sebastian Palakudy MSFS (+255 714 584 859); firstname.lastname@example.org. Our sincere congratulations and appreciation for Fr. Sebastian Palakudy for his consistency and spirit of perseverance in bringing out these text books.
The Process of consultation: prior to the Appointment of the Provincial East Africa
As announced to you in the Provincial circular JK-47 dated February 4, 2017, Rev. Fr. Abraham Vettuvelil MSFS the Superior General, has instructed me to initiate the consultation process for the appointment of the Provincial of East Africa. My mandate as the Provincial Superior ends on July 14, 2017. Accordingly I am sending you the Ballot paper for the consultation as is required by our Constitution and General Directory.
As of now we are 68 finally professed members in our Province. Of these 67 have active voice. Fr. Mangatt Augustine being a member of the General Curia has no active voice, but has passive voice. Also among the 68 members only 47 have the passive voice. Those who have no passive voice are 12 Scholastics and 8 priests who do not fulfil the constitutional requirements. Besides, Fr. Kallidukil Johnson who held the office for two consecutive terms, just preceding this election, does not have the passive voice.
Kindly read and reflect on the points given by the Superior General. The Ballot papers are marked with: 1. First Choice. 2. Second Choice. 3. Third Choice. These Ballot papers are to be duly filled up and returned to the Provincial in the sealed envelope and it is to reach the Provincial before April 20, 2017. Kindly use the envelope provided (DL Size, white) to place the Ballot paper and please seal it up and enclose it in the other envelope (B5 Size brown), which is the ‘Return Cover’ addressed to the Provincial’s Office/ Superior General.
Distribution of ballots
We have initiated the Process of consultation in preparation for the appointment of the new Provincial. You will receive the ballots and other documents in a packet addressed to you, either through the confrere in the particular apostolic community / geographical area or by other means...