Monday, November 29, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Cl. Leon Rodrigues
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
11 th August: The Ninth workstation of First Choice Mahindra Services Ltd., the first of its type in the Nashik region, was inaugurated yesterday in the august presence of Rev. Fr. Provincial, Fr. Michael Fernandes sdb, Mr. Rajeev Dubey, President (HR, After Market and Cooperate Services) Member of the Group Management Board, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd., Mr. R. Subramani, CEO, Mahindra First Choice Services Ltd. and Mr. D.K. Sinha, Head-Netword Development.
The function began with the esteemed guests being invited into the premises. There the whole gathering was led into understanding the ‘why’ of creating a workshop of such refined quality. Mr. Dubey in his speech spoke about the magnitude of the work done by a multinational like Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. in the social sector. He mentioned that the company held dearly to its heart the thought of giving back to the country what it had received from it in the past. He said that the company dreamt of making India bigger and better, an India of tomorrow. The company, he said, was people, planet and profit friendly and towards this the company geared its plans and goals. Rev. Fr. Provincial in his talk emphasized the role of the Salesians of Don Bosco in the upliftment of the poor and abandoned youth. He felt that a joint venture of this stature would really be profitable to both the young as well as its employers.
The brothers felt that the play was the most welcomed event in the life of the community. One thing that struck them was the fact that the entire community was involved in its production. They felt that the play was a wonderful time for community building. A load of talent was unearthed and a synergy was felt. The story of the Prodigal Son and its performance has left a lasting impression on the minds of all in the community.
Friday, August 13, 2010
O n 13th August, 2010, It was a great day at Divyadaan, Salesian Institute of Philosophy as the councilor for the missions, Rev. Fr Klement Vaćlav, sdb visited the formation houses in Nashik. “The visit of any superior to a Salesian community is the visit of Don Bosco himself” were the words of Rev. Fr Savio, the Rector of Divyadaan as he welcomed Rev. Fr Klement at the solemn thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration. In the homily Fr Klement shared about the Salesian missions and told us that we need to give our whole life for the missions. As he concluded his homily he gave the assembly his own motto as a missionary, “All for Jesus, Jesus for All.”
At breakfast the community of Divyadaan welcomed Fr Klement Vaclav with a warm welcome song. After breakfast he had a glimpse of Divyadaan. He then visited the parish community, the school and the sub-station of Satpur. Later in the morning, he gave a conference to the novitiate community and joined them for a sumptuous meal. At 1:15 pm in the afternoon he gave a conference to the community of Divyadaan. During the conference he shared about his visits to the mission stations. He spoke of Don Bosco as a mission-oriented person who fostered missionary vocations only for the salvation of souls. He expressed his own reasons of becoming a missionary. He made us think about the concern and need for the Salesian Brother Vocation. In the time given for questioning, brothers posed their queries related to the missions.
Though the visit of our mission superior was short, we, the brothers of Divyadaan believe that the spirit of the missions has been reignited in our hearts and minds.
Cl. Melwin Ferrao, sdb
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Understanding is the word, I grapple with everyday of my life here at Divyadaan. From the time I entered till date, my life, Salesian Vocation, as a matter of fact, has been a task and concern to understand and know my growth. I firmly, believe that all “I am” today is because of my parents, my family, my friends, my Salesian family and all those whom I know. It’s because they understood me, with and in love. It is a blessing from God that I am here in the studentate of philosophy. My being here and doing philosophy is my love for wisdom, i.e. God. And I make efforts to see and feel God in everything in this beautiful world. Understanding God and others, even myself, is a Gift. And I must say that if God has given me this gift to understand, it is to give my all to Him in my vocation. And it is only through learning and living, through life and experience that, one comes to understand the Truth.
Spirituality is not a thing to be acquired or achieved once and for all, but to know and understand progressively through life-experiences. It must become part of life, as a whole – living in holiness. I am fascinated with the question – When did Don Bosco not pray? That which was asked at the time of his canonization. His life was prayer; his dedication in what he did; his love for poor abandoned youngsters; his motto: to save souls; his love to give Christ; his love for the Church; the Sacraments and the Priesthood which he lived till his death; his zeal to send missionaries all over the world; and his initiatives to work for the kingdom of God. Here was a man filled with God’s love and spirit. I strive daily to follow Christ, in the Don Bosco way, for I feel blessed to walk in his footsteps.
It has been two years and six months that I have professed this way of life and I find joy in living this way. I believe He understands me , no matter who I am ? Where I am? What I am? and How I am? Life is a mystery and ultimately it is life that brings me to a realization, a realization that you and I will only understand this mystery we are humbly open to this Understanding.
Staying here in Divyadaan, I have learnt that it is important to keep learning always, and learning through life experiences whether good or bad, through reading and reflection which helps me to grow up as an analytical and critical person, the application of my viewpoints and experiences, and arriving at a synthesis of life for the betterment of self. I have also learnt through relationships that enable both the one speaking and the one listening, and through prayer and reflection. It is in all this that somewhere, something will happen! This happening is the Understanding of my life and Spirituality. One may ask When will it happen ? I really do not know but being in his presence, sharing my life genuinely with the others is my task. Then hopefully, I will understand the Understanding.
I believe, this Understanding is something that happens to me and in me. It will come about only if I am passionate about it and living it – consciously or unconsciously. And if one is passionate about God and lives a spiritual life 24x7, then surely one will be truly a spiritual person. This does make a difference in one’s life. Thus, I invite myself and you all, to relish such spiritual moments be it in family prayer (the rosary, the morning prayer, night prayer) or be it in the community. Without doubt, with hearts and minds united, and being open to sharing with one another, our life will come to this real Understanding, i.e. GOD.
Cl. Romero D’souza, sdb.
We are living in a media-saturated age. We are witnesses to an unprecedented torrent of media messages that are making an impact by leaps and bounds. The mass media are the fruit of human ingenuity, research and hard work, passed on, with accelerated quality, potential and reach, form one generation to the next. They have shrunk the huge ‘undiscovered’ world of Christopher Columbus to the ‘global village’ of Marshal McLuhan and, from there, within the span of less than half a century, to the computer friendly ‘global living room’ of Bill Gates and his contemporaries. In order to clarify our idea of mass media further we could look at the following eight points.
1. Varieties of Mass Medium
There were times when the human being was constrained only to the limited print media like newspapers and magazines. Today however we can boast of variety of mass medium that we can have access to. Besides the development in the print media we also have audio-visual media like radio, transistor, taper recorder, digital camera, television, VCR, large screen films, LCD projectors, computers etc. The revolution in the communication technology and electronic media has further introduced us to satellite channels, e-mail, websites and a host of internet facilities. Different styles, contents, channel, sites abound in each of them. Whilst there are some fundamental ethical principles which we might advocate throughout this diversity (respect for other people, non-advocacy of racial hatred, telling the truth, etc), it would simply be silly to expect the same values in a documentary and a sitcom, a children’s magazine and an adult web-site. Generalized assessments and judgments are risky in so diverse a territory.
2. Plurality of Mass Media Theories
Besides the plurality of the mass mediums there are also numerous theories about how media affects people and that there are periods when scholars seem to agree that media effects are powerful and other periods when they tend to think that media effects are weak. It all seems to depend upon which theories of ‘how the media work’ are in vogue with the social scientists who study the media. Theories arise, seem to be useful, are tested and generally found wanting in one respect or another, and are replaced by other theories.
3. Negative Outlook towards the Media
Talk of values often leads to criticism forgetting the positive contribution of the media. The older generation for example tends to point to the media for the destruction of the traditional value system and its forgetfulness by younger generation. The religious leaders blame the media for the lack of congregational attendance and diminishing spiritual values. While we all speak from our particular bias (that depends upon our social, political, religious and educational context), we need to become more and more aware of it so as to transcend it as much as possible to increase objectivity in our media perception and attain a balanced evaluation of media.
4. Shallow and Limited Vision of Media
TV and other media are sometimes seen as something unserious, if not frivolous, whose main role is just to provide entertainment. Without forgetting their fun dimension that brings joy and laughter to the tension filled human life we need to recognize their deeper significance. We need to broaden our outlook of how media can be used in variety of manners for our personal as well as social growth in the field of psychology, politics, education and spirituality. Instead of limiting the usefulness of media for purely recreational purpose, we could extend it further for informative and educative purpose.
5. Difficulty in Scientific Measurement of Mass Media Effects
We all spend a great deal of time watching television, listening to the radio, reading magazines and newspapers, surfing internet for diverse web-sites and getting engaged with the e-mails. Yet, so many media researchers tell us that the effects of media on individuals seem to be trivial. That is, it is not possible to prove, scientifically, that media effects are powerful. While one may not able to demonstrate and measure the effects of media scientifically, one can not deny the fact that media are powerful and have a profound impact on people’s lives and our social and political order.
6. Diversity of Media Audiences
While we look at the variety of media available at our disposable, we also need to keep in mind the media audiences which too are diverse and varied. Just as there is enormous diversity within the media so too are media audiences diverse and varied. From a child to an adolescent and further to a fully grown adult everyone in the society is exposed to media in some way or the other. The diversity of media audience does not only consist in the age difference but it also depends upon gender difference, cultural heritage, social background, work experience, educational qualification and a whole lot of other factors. In fact each human person with its own mind and specific social, cultural, educational and religious upbringing provides a variety to the media audience. We need to take care not to assume that TV watchers, internet users and filmgoers are naïve, uncritical and impressionable. There is considerable sophistication and discernment in the way in which millions of people handle this aspect of their lives.
7. Diverse Effects of Mass Media
The media have sizable direct impact on the public. Besides the often-mentioned intended effects, they also include many unintended effects. We could delineate them as follows. Intended effects include: (1) the influence of commercial advertising on buying behaviour; (2) the impact of mass media political campaigns on voting; (3) public service announcements’ efficacy in promoting beneficial behaviour; (4) the role of prolonged multimedia campaigns in changing lifestyles; (5) monolithic indoctrination effects on ideology; and (6) the effects of mass-mediated ritual displays on maintaining social control.
The most often cited unintended effects of the mass media include: (1) the impact of programmes involving violence on viewers’ antisocial aggression; (2) representation on the media as a determinant of social visibility; (3) biased presentation on the media as influencing the public’s stereotyping of groups; (4) effects of erotic materials on objectionable sexual behaviour; (5) modes of media presentation as affecting cognitive styles; and (6) the impact of introducing new media on pubic thought processes.
8. Personal Responsibility in Media
Finally, it is the responsibility of each one to be self-critical in our role as media consumers/users. We often live in an illusory world thinking that we reign supreme in our own consciousness, that we are masters of what our minds accept or reject. One needs to become aware of the “mirage image” provided by the media and realize how the few self-appointed elites with their multinational industries and desire for total media control and try to manipulate people’s mind with ideas. What each one of us accepts or rejects, what we think and decide…all these are heavily influenced by the media bombarded messages. One needs to bear personal responsibility to the problem of how much control we have over our minds and how susceptible we are to being influenced (if not manipulated) by the media.
Fr Robert Pen, sdb
DIVYADAAN, JULY 19, 2010: On July 16, 2010, the third year students of philosophy from Divyadaan - Salesian Institute of Philosophy - Nashik, made a visit to the production plant of the Mahindra and Mahindra Company at Satpur, Nashik. This visit was part of their course that they were doing on industrial sociology. The visit was well guided and planned by Miss Asha Sabarwal of the Employee care and Administration section, Automotive Sector, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd.
The tour began with a power point informative presentation on the company’s history, its development across the globe, the car models in vogue and the achievements of the company till date. The students were then led to different workshops where the Mahindra models of Logan, Xylo and Scorpio were being manufactured. Each of the three workshops was huge with the latest hi-tech equipments and there were even imported Japanese robots that processed the body of the vehicles. The machines were also handled efficiently by competent employees. This blending of human being and machine power gave a finesse to the automobiles that was astonishing. The engineering supervisors at different workshops gave lucid explanations on the complex process of the birth of a vehicle, and the actual assembling of a car which the students witnessed with their own eyes complemented this information. The accommodation and functioning of heavy machinery was exceptional and reflected the mind of a genius organization.
The relationship between the company and workers was made known by the various schemes offered for the benefit of the employees. The products of Mahindra that have spiraled upward are an outcome of this professional relationship.The students dived into the discipline of the industry and made an enriching experience of it. A keen interest was seen by the fact that the students posed queries, clarified many a doubt and gathered a lot of good information. This academic visit was certainly made possible by our lecturer and our principal who gave the students an impetus to enter into the world of industries, become aware of the technology involved and broadly analyse its role in moulding society.
Cl. Bosco Carvalho, sdb
Sunday, July 18, 2010
DIVYADAAN, JULY 2, 2010:
On June 30, 2010 as we keep a filial remembrance of our father and founder, St. John Bosco, one could not ask for something greater than to have his Lordship Rt. Rev. Lourdes Daniel, the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Nashik and the Bishop of Amravati, to pay a visit to Divyadaan. It was indeed a privilege to have him among us.
During his short visit, his Lordship assured the staff and students of Divyadaan of his prayers and wished them all the best as they continued their intellectual pursuits during this scholastic year. He was taken up by the vibrant energy of the community and was also pleased to see the way in which the activities of the house were being organized with certain finesse.
The community of Divyadaan hope and pray that this visit may be one of the many visits of his Lordship to our community.
Cl Mario D’Couto sdb
DIVYADAAN, JULY 1, 2010: On June 20, 2010, eighteen young dynamic clerics of Divyadaan began yet another year of their apostolate in the Jawahar-Mokhada region. It began with an orientation programme conducted by Fr. Anaclete and his team at the ‘Jungle Camp’, Walwande.
The programme was well planned and conducted. It was very informative, wherein the staff by means of power point presentations and clippings beautifully summarized the aims and objectives of the Salesians in the Jawahar-Mokhada region. The brothers were guided into knowing the different tribes, cultures and festivals of the people of the region. This opened up many ignorant minds to new and amazing facts about our very own people for whom we work for.
The brothers were then asked to share and evaluate their past experiences of working in that region with the people. This interaction kept the staff upbeat about the progress at various schools and took into consideration a couple of points that needed to be reconsidered and worked upon. This enriching experience came to an end with a meaningful talk given by Fr. Anaclete who encouraged and thanked the brothers for all their hard work. He also invited them to continue the good work of teaching at the various ashrams/schools in that region. He urged the brothers to be apostles of Don Bosco who wore his heart on his sleeves for his boys and maintained life long relationship with all those under his care.
The brothers were grateful to the staff at the ‘Jungle Camp’ for the guidance and the help provided. They have pledged to be catalysts of change in this region thus heralding a brighter and stronger future for our country.
Cl Sunil Pinto sdb