Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Eulogy

My Mother, Mrs Lena D'sa who recently passed away was one of the most loving, caring, decent, concerned and God - Fearing persons I have come across in my life ever.

She was intelligent, learned, and taught us about our faith, and led by example, throughout our lives. I remember her teaching me prayers and songs that I carry with me in my heart and spirit.

She was a nature -lover in every sense of the word. She listened, and taught us to develop our listening ears and seeing eyes for all the wildlife around us. She knew the times the birds would come to visit in the trees and made us excited to be a part of it.

She had "Green Thumbs"  in the gardening sense and everything she grew thrived wonderfully. She was very happy watching her garden grow and sharing from it with others. She even once grew water melons in a Styrofoam Box !!

Mummy loved to listen to Music, she learned and loved to play the piano, so we listened to and appreciate a very wide range of music that we owe completely to her encouragement.

Important :

Mummy was born on the 18th of September 1938 and 33 years later, I came into the world on the same day. I was so proud to share my birthday with her.

No matter what the situation we were in as a family, she always found a way to be generous to us and to others.

She really loved people and this was shown in the big and little things she did for us and them, specially caring devotedly for her parents.

And one of the main things that has stayed with me is to be kind to people, no matter what the situation.

Many in Mumbai and in Bandra West, will know her as a "Prolific Promoter" of the Divine Mercy Devotion in Mumbai, India.

Mummy was not very Internet - Savvy, but she still encouraged me to start Blogs -- Both on Wildlife and on Catholic Classics.

Both my Sister Elaine and I miss her very much.

My Dad misses her too.

She was an excellent cook in more ways than one.

I thank you all, specially her dear friends who loved her so much, for loving her back as they did.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

In Memory of my Mother

Today, My Mother Mrs Lena D'sa passed away peacefully at the age of 77.

She was a Prolific Promoter of the Divine Mercy Message and Devotion from 1988 -2000 in the Archdiocese of Mumbai.

She left no stone unturned in promoting this beautiful devotion.

Additionally, she promoted the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist on a war footing.

She is surely in Heaven now.

 

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

The Catholic Church in Arunachal Pradesh

Introduction :

It is great to know that Catholicism is increasing by leaps and bounds in Arunachal Pradesh, a Frontier State in North - East India.

Catholics in Arunachal Pradesh now number 200,000 out of a population of 1 Million. They are all Tribals of various Tribes that live in Arunachal Pradesh.

This I believe is primarily because of the pioneering missionary efforts of a Benedictine Brother from the State of Maharashtra popularly known as "PREMBHAI" or Loving Brother.

He passed away in 2008. His real name was Brother Henry Gaikwad.

A Little about him now :

Br. Henry Gaikwad pioneered evangelization in Arunachal Pradesh, a State in North - East India.

He had been closely associated with the beginnings of the "Arunachal Mission". He was an "Icon" of humanitarian service for the people of Arunachal Pradesh who will stand tall in the history of Catholic Missions in North -East India.

The Late Evangelizer walked more than 45,000 Kilometers over the hills and valleys of the State during 25 years of mission work.

The First Permanent Catholic Church in the State opened only in 1993, but today there are 2 flourishing Catholic Dioceses in Arunachal Pradesh namely Itanagar Diocese and Miao Diocese.

This is primarily due to the untiring efforts of Br. Henry Gaikwad.

Missionary Par Excellence :

Br. Henry Gaikwad was a very simple, unassuming, and highly committed Catholic Missionary who slept on a plank of wood using another plank as a pillow.

His Slippers were made from truck tires to avoid wearing out and according to Priests and Religious who knew him he was always talking about evangelization.

He can truly be called the "Apostle of Arunachal Pradesh". There may not be any village in Arunachal Pradesh that he has not visited.

This Benedictine Brother possessed tremendous strength that enabled him to stand against all odds.

Conclusion :

The Catholic Church in Arunachal Pradesh owes much to this great personality. He was truly a pioneering missionary in more ways than one.

Praised be Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament for the wonders he has worked in Arunachal Pradesh.

Credits and References :

1) The Examiner, Mumbai
     Vol -164, N0 -40
     October 5-11, 2013
     "Arunachal Pradesh 50 Years of First Baptisms"
      Page 18

2)  Don Bosco's Madonna, Mumbai
     October 2008
     Volume 10, N0-6
      Page 28
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