Wednesday, February 27, 2013
|The young artists from the boarding.|
|The Pyramid part of every tribal dance.|
Ten groups from different parts of Gujarat took part in the Festival of highly colourful and fast dances. The Festival encourages the tribals to appreciate and preserve their own cultural forms.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Saturday, February 16, 2013
‘Christayan’ - a Hindi Film on Jesus
Copies of this film will be available from Gurjarvani on DVDs from next week.
Rs 250 per copy.
‘Christayan’ a Hindi Film on Jesus
By Varghese Alangadan
A six-hour-long film on Jesus in Hindi,
directed by a Catholic priest,
was released on Dec. 2 after
he worked seven years on it
with a team of some 200 amateur actors and technical staff.
Divine Word Father Geo George's unique movie with the name
‘Christayan’ (the journey of Christ)
was released in Indore.
Most part of the film was made in Madhya Pradesh
but the team of actors had to visit 10 states including
the northeastern part of India.
Media Training for Priests, Brothers, Religious
On January 24th, 2013 – the Feast of St. Francis de Sales (the Patron Saint of Journalists and Writers) – Vatican released Pope Benedict’s message for the 47th World Communication Day. The theme of this year’s message is – “Social Networks: Portals of Truth and Faith; new spaces for evangelization.
The Pope challenges everyone to appreciate the potential of social media sites and urges believers, in this Year of Faith to consider how their presence on these networks can help spread the Gospel Message of God’s love and the values of human dignity to all people.
Keeping in mind the growing demands to keep oneself in communication with the others effectively, Jeevan Darshan and Gurjarvani has organized a 10-day workshop: Media Training.
This course is meant for those in formation or those who already work in parish, mission school or social centers. The course will equip the participants to use the media in its best way. We are aiming to impart scientific knowledge and professional skill in mass communication. The subjects are following: Basics of communication, Media education, Film Appreciation, Sound recording, Radio programmes, Digital photography, Videography, The World of Documentary Films, Use of internet, Making power-point programmes, Creating Personal Blog etc.
Details of the Media Training Workshop
Starts on 23rd April (evening) - Ends on 4th May (morning)
Course Fees: Rs. 5500/- only. (board & lodge inclusive)
Registration Fee: Rs. 500/-
Limited seats for better attention to each of the participants. Register your seat before 28th February.
Register your name with:
Fr. Ashok Vaghela SJ Fr. Chandresh Christi
Gurjarvani Jeevan Darshan
St. Xavier’s College Campus, 5 Camp PB 2096
Ahmedabad – 380 009 Vadodara – 390 002
Cell Phone: 9427312342 Cell Phone:9978065275
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Monday, February 11, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI is to step down, the Vatican announces
Pope Benedict XVI has announced he will resign in two weeks. Here is his full statement:
I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.
Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.
From the Vatican, 10 February 2013
Saturday, February 9, 2013
RON ROLHEISER, OMI Speaker, Columnist and Author
FAITH THROUGH MYSTICISM
Karl Rahner once said that the time is fast approaching when one will either be a mystic or an unbeliever.
He's right. None of us can rely much longer on the fact that we were once given the faith and that we still walk within a community that, seemingly, has some faith. These things are no longer, of themselves, enough to sustain faith in an age which is as agnostic, pluralistic, seductive, and distracting as is our own. In the past, a certain cultural (sometimes, ethnic-based) faith was still very powerful and could carry individuals in a way that is no longer possible today.
Twenty-five years ago, Henri Nouwen had already said something similar. While teaching at Yale, he commented that even among the seminarians he was teaching the dominant consciousness was agnostic. God had essentially no place in their normal consciousness, even within the very discussion of religion. That is basically true of all of us today, not just of seminarians, though it should be affirmed with more sympathy than sarcasm.
Faith is not easy today for any of us. To have real faith, an actual belief in God, requires something more than simply continuing to roll with the flow of our own particular faith communities. I say this because it is becoming clearer that today it is much is easier to have faith in Christianity, in a code of ethics, in Jesus' moral teaching, in God's call for justice, in an ideology of Christianity, and even in the value of gathering for worship, than it is to have a personal and real relationship to God.
Being born into a Christian family and worshipping within a Christian church can give us a relationship to a religion, to an ideology, to a truth, and to a community of worship; but these things, of themselves, are not the same thing as an actual faith in God. Just as we have people who believe but do not practice, many of us practice but do not believe. Subscribing to an ideology, however noble and inspirational it might be, is not the same thing as believing in and actually worshipping God.
To actually believe in God today, one must at some point in his or her life make a deep, private act of faith. That act, which Rahner equates with becoming a mystic, is itself difficult because the very forces that help erode our cultural, communal faith also work against us making this private act of faith.
These forces are not abstract. Nor are they the product of some conscious conspiracy by godless forces. What are the forces that conspire against faith? They are all those things, good and bad, within us and around us that tempt us away from being alone, from praying privately, and from taking the time and courage to enter deeply inside of our own souls.
To make an act of faith requires an inner journey, a journey into the deepest recesses of the soul where I must face:
· My weakness, my sin, my infidelities, my lies, my rationalizations, my constant avoiding of the searing truth.
· My fear that ultimately I am alone, that I will end up alone, unloved, and not worth loving.
· My mortality, the fact that one-day I will die and that already my body is aging, my options are narrowing down, that my best dreams will never be realized.
· My jealousies and angers, my bitterness that life has not been fair to me, that others have things I don't have, and that I never forgiven them nor made peace with my loss.
· My ambitions, my need to succeed, my need to create some immortality of whatever kind for myself before I die.
· My sicknesses and addictions, the fact that I am not whole, that inside me there dark corners and dark demons that do not show up on my photographs, on my resume, and in the things my friends know about me.
· My sensuality, my lust, the power of sex within me, my laziness, my pathological need for distraction, my incapacity to sit still.
· My godlessness, that black hole of fear, insecurity, chaos, and emptiness within me.
British writer, Anita Brookner states in one of her novels that the great tragedy in most marriages is that the man and woman cannot, in the end, console each other and that what each really needs from the other, but generally never gets, is a good confessor, someone to whom each can reveal all the secrets of his or her life so as to let go of the tension and finally just be himself or herself without pretense and effort.
Ultimately, that is what each of us needs from God - someone who can console us and someone to be for us that trusted confessor, that person before whom no secret need to be hidden.
To relate to God in this way is to have faith. And this means consistently sharing all of our secrets and fears in those lonely, private hours when there are just the two of us and nobody else is around.
|Photo by Khrisnaben|
It is the story of a boy Babu who is one of the first to get educated up to 10th std and get a job in Ahmedabad. He returned to Changda Village with the intention of improving the family situation and helping the Valmiki Samaj to be more self reliant.
This will be also the story of the struggle of the Valmiki Samaj of the last 20 years showing the changes that took place in the Village.
And how Krishnaben as she is called at the village experienced the change in her and Babubhai and the Samaj till today.
Krishnaben and Scot from Canada are producing the movie with Gurjarvani.
The Photo shows the Sunrise at the lake of Changda Village at 6.30 in the morning.
A time-laps shoot for the movie is going on.