Hervé Morissette, CSC
A few years ago, Blessed Pope John Paul II made the following observation in his Apostolic Letter Novo Millennio Ineunte: “Ever since the Second Vatican Council underlined the pre-eminent role of the word of God in the life of the Church, great progress has certainly been made in devout listening to Sacred Scripture and attentive study of it.” (1) It is to say that numerous initiatives have been taken up in that line during recent years in various parts of the world.
Albert and Rosalind
For us, eager expectation of the Eucharist starts in the morning at 4.45. Individually, we read the Mass readings, Rosalind from the Bible and Albert from ‘God’s Word’, published annually by St. Paul’s, India. We also read the day’s readings, according to the Cycle, from Vision or Mission or Action 2000 series. On the way to the church, we pray the Mercy Chaplet. All through the Mass we are fully involved relishing every part of it with an awareness that we are in the presence of Jesus, our teacher and leader.
Fr. Shiju Joseph CSC
It is a common belief that the young love to socialize. They use every opportunity they can to hang out with their friends. Many elders are concerned about some factors in the socializing of their children. Sometimes, elders are concerned about the distance they feel with their children. They feel as though the friends have suddenly become more important than the parents. Another worry is with regard to the influence that friendships and socializing can have on the academic life of the youngsters. Also, the kind of friendships they form and the nature of their circle of socialising can also be a matter of concern. In the adolescent and teenage years, friends do become very important. Indeed, they are essential to the maturing of the youngster especially in learning crucial skills for his/her adult life.