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Grandi cose ha fatto il Signore!

Pubblicato il: sabato 1 Aprile 2023

Carissimi lettori, dalle comunità dell’India vogliamo condividere la gioia che abbiamo vissuto con la Solenne celebrazione dell’Annunciazione di nostro Signore. Come Maria, due delle nostre sorelle, Sr. Sonali Nayak e Sr. Vipil Josna Alumparambil, hanno pronunciato il loro “Sì” offrendo la loro vita al Signore.

La Santa Messa è stata celebrata nella cappella di Cochin da padre Martino PMI e da altri sacerdoti. La Chiesa era piena di religiose e di tanti fedeli. I genitori e i famigliari delle professe hanno partecipato con una particolare commozione, felici di aver donato la loro figlia al Signore.

“Il Verbo che si è fatto carne” e continua ad attirare giovani verso di Lui per proclamare l’amore Incarnato a tutta l’umanità.  Madre Carla dal cielo avrà gioiato insieme a noi; ora le sue figlie continuano a portare avanti la sua eredità spirituale.

Preghiamo per lei e chiediamo a lei la sua intercessione!

Silence speaks!

Pubblicato il: domenica 19 Marzo 2023

The world and its history always search after the victorious deeds of people and the fame of names. But how does the silence make a man in the history renowned and fortune?  St. Joseph has divulged the divine secret in unveiling the silence. He is the only prominent figure who stuck the history of humanity with his grace of silence by opening the door for the mystery of Incarnation. God manifests himself in the moment of silence. God spoke to Joseph and he listened to God in silence. Pope Francis would confirm that Joseph’s silence is not a mutism or taciturn but it is a humble submission and confirmation of the readiness for the divine call. It is an offering with full of listening. “the Father spoke a word and it was his Son”, writes St. John of the Cross. The mystery of God invariably manifests in eternal silence. There is no wonder why Jesus loved the lonely place and spaces of silence. Because, he was brought up in the ‘school of the house of Nazareth’ with the daily examples of Joseph and Mary. It might have been the reason that Joseph disappears from the scriptural scenes silently after the story of Christ’s birth and Passover in Jerusalem at age of twelve.

Silence is not only a buffer zone but it frightens and challenges. The scripture does not utter a single word by St. Joseph of Nazareth, the humble carpenter. It might have been difficult for him to be the protector of the Word of God but even then, being a ‘just’ man, God makes him to say ‘yes’ to the eternal plan to be Mary’s husband and foster father of Jesus. In this sense, the salvific history is incomplete without the account of the ‘shield’ of the holy family.

Even in his darkest hours and midst of trials, after learning of Mary’s pregnancy, Joseph remained to be man of character. He himself did not fully understand the circumstances surrounding Christ’s conception and birth. But he was able to love what he did not fully understand. His sanctity and faith revealed in this love. The fullness of faith that bears in his heart combined in silence with action. He did not speak but demonstrated what Jesus once told his disciples, ““Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Mt: 7/21). It is a virtue that acquired and fostered in his heart with humility that prompts him quietly draw back and silently obey the will of God. A vocation, completely in silence!

George Sinesh Karuppalyil SJ

Mission experience

Pubblicato il: venerdì 20 Gennaio 2023

Helen Keller School for the Hearing Impaired is a school run by the Diocese of Kumbakonam and managed by the Missionary Sisters of the Incarnation. It was inaugurated in 1995 and since then, many students have passed through the school and have developed their talents and studies. These children are gifted in arts, sports, and other activities and have won first prize medals from the state for their extracurricular activities.

There are several competitions conducted by the district, state, and nation for hearing-impaired children. The government of Tamil Nadu has introduced several master plans and projects with modern techniques and equipment to encourage and foster these special students by providing opportunities for them to cultivate their talents at various levels.

During the academic year 2021-2022, our children were invited to participate in different programs. In November, they went to Chennai to participate in sports and games and won medals in various competitions.

God is present everywhere, including in and around vulnerable children. When we are with them, we can experience God’s wonderful providence, love, and mercy through them. Those who come into contact with them also say, “Here is God. God dwells in them. We don’t need to search for God anywhere else. They are God’s eyes and God’s hearts.”

Kumbakonam Community

Per sempre

Pubblicato il: martedì 17 Gennaio 2023

Nel mondo di oggi tutto è effimero e immediato, non c’è nulla al di là. Tutto è qui e subito; questo è ciò che risuona nel mondo e attorno a noi. Decidere per tutta la vita allora è proprio per i coraggiosi! Questo è ciò che è accaduto il 14 gennaio 2023 presso il Convento di San Giuseppe a Cochin. Suor Vineetha Palliparambil ha emesso i voti perpetui nella Congregazione delle Sorelle Missionarie dell’Incarnazione (SMI). Dopo aver rinnovato i voti religiosi per cinque anni, ha fatto un salto di qualità che l’ha fatta cadere tra le braccia del Padre Celeste, le mani più sicure di tutto il mondo. Con una bella ma semplice cerimonia, si è svolta questo grande evento. Durante la Santa Messa, presieduta dal vicario generale della diocesi di Cochin e concelebrata da altri 7 sacerdoti, Suor Vineetha ha pronunciato il suo “Sì” definitivo. La presenza dei suoi genitori e parenti ha dato più calore e colore alla funzione. Auguriamo a Suor Vineetha tanta forza e coraggio per andare avanti sulla via della santità e per una buona missione ovunque il vento dello Spirito la porterà.

Pongalo Pongal

Pubblicato il: lunedì 16 Gennaio 2023

Pongal è il più grande festival nello Stato del Tamil Nadu ed è un momento di festa e ringraziamento per gli abbondanti raccolti dell’anno precedente. Il festival prende il nome dal cerimoniale “Pongal”, che significa “bollire, traboccare”. La gente grida “pongalo pongal” quando il riso raccolto bollisce con latte e Jaggery e ciò simboleggia l’abbondanza di benedizioni nelle famiglie e l’essere grati per l’abbondante grazia di Dio. “Che Dio ti benedica con un trabocco di pace e prosperità durante questa stagione festiva! Pongal felice!”

Leaving the footprints…

Pubblicato il: sabato 24 Dicembre 2022

Everyone in this world wants to live their life until they die, but very few wants to live their life even after their death. They leave legacy behind them to inspire others to follow them. We must leave our footprints in the same way that Jesus, our master, lived a life and left a trail of evidence for us to follow. We should do simple things in the best way possible rather than always doing the most amazing things to be remembered. Mother Carla lived her life in this manner. She remained a pillar of the family from the start despite the difficulties she encountered. She offered unrestricted assistance and has done whatever it takes to provide for and protect her family. She was a source of comfort and support. She worked hard to ensure that her family is taken care of financially and emotionally.

When I think of her life, the challenges and the struggles that she underwent was to transform herself to make the foot prints. The life of mother Carla can be compared to the life of a butterfly. It is well intertwined. From a caterpillar to a butterfly takes flight, it is a story of change, growth, and Transformation. It is applicable to mother Carla because, like the butterfly, mother has gone through a process of transformation; from the worldly life to spiritual life, in order to create a history or to be a part in the history. She has taken long journey to reach her full potential. She has overcome obstacles and broken free from her own shells in order to realize her full potential, just as the caterpillar sheds its cocoon. The pure gold is always tested in the fire (1peter 1:7). Despite having wings, the butterfly cannot fly without the right circumstances; it must be in the right place at the right time. Similar to this, she had been searching for the appropriate time and location to accomplish her goal before finding it in the Lord. His power is made perfect in weakness (2cor 12:9). Mother has left many people with colorful memories in their hearts, just as the butterfly leaves a colorful mark on the finger where it rests. She left her mark indelible on the ground, which is followed by the members. That I could witness on the day in the joy of the members of the congregation.
The first missionary, His cherished mother, carried the word made flesh. Similar to this, the missionary sisters of incarnation represent Jesus through their deeds rather than just their words. That was the kind of spirit Carla, the mother, wanted to embody in order to inspire others to carry on the love of the father. In and through Jesus, the father’s unconditional love was made clear. So, even today, through her devoted children, Carla’s work has helped to bring Jesus to the least in society. I noticed the children of mother Carla were all together and joyful during the celebration. The cathedral and the home where we held the celebration were both filled with more people than with the congregation. I was intrigued and moved by the participation of the lay people, they too were the colourful foot prints the mother has left in this world. In addition, I have witnessed the love and concern of the Father and Mother Carla in the hospitality of the Sisters. The service rendered by Mother Carla’s children demonstrated her servanthood.
We ask the lord that the mother always lead and inspire her children to uphold the legacy she has left and serve as representatives of the father’s love, which served as the congregation’s charism.

Felcian Maria Jegan MMI.
La Giustiniana, Roma.
Missionaries of Mary Immaculate.

Vocation Expo

Pubblicato il: mercoledì 2 Novembre 2022

We, the SMI and PMI, had an opportunity to participate in the ‘Vocation Expo’ conducted in the Holy Family Church, Perumpilly in the diocese of Verapoli on 23 October. By the hard work and mutual help of our sisters and PMI brothers, we could make the stall that has been assigned to us more colourful and attractive.

The historical photos of our Congregation, specially that of Mother Carla, were used in the “expo” in a meaningfully way.  There were many photos that reveal our charism and mission. Inspiring quotes of Mother Carla were beautifully presented in many charts.  As the highlight of the event the video about the life of Mother Carla, which tells the story of our Congregation, was shown.  Thirteen religious congregations participated in this ‘Vocation Expo’.  Catechism students, teachers and parents from the parish and from neighbouring parishes had a beautiful experience in this event.  We are happy that some parents and students have shown interest to know about the charism and mission of our Congregation. It was a blessed occasion to share the joy of being a missionary of Incarnation.

The nature has music for those who listen while traveling

Pubblicato il: mercoledì 20 Luglio 2022

The music starts with the beauty of nature, which gives us a glow to our eyes with those greenery and those pure waters flowing in the rock. We are blessed to experience such a nature around us, which gives us that relief and calmness in our life. So, here my Journey Starts. A journey filled with peace and happiness. Walking through those rocks with ups and downs, followed with those little streams flowing and those rivers which looks beautiful from the far. As we continued our journey, we got into dense forest with those bird’s chirps welcoming us and experiencing fresh air. We were thirsty and we drank the fresh water which was flowing in those streams. The experience through the dense forest was mesmerizing. It gave me a feeling which I have never experienced before. This music took me through this beautiful journey and was soothing to my ears..

Traveling, it’s like an adventurous word that inspires me, and makes me feel restless. It’s like a disorder which requires no medicine as it itself is a medicine to many diseases. It brings us good vibes. This tune reminds me of the feeling of nature. It is a way a person can get over stress. It is a way to forget about unwanted thought’s.  It helps to take big decisions. It gives relaxation.

Traveling is just a way to explore nature. Nature for me is the beauty of earth. Nature can do good or bad. When we explore nature, we get that feel of relaxation and happiness. It brings out our real happiness without money, it is not fake. The beauty of nature always mesmerizes us. This stunning beauty of nature cannot be created in artificial way.

When we travel we get to see many new places. We meet new people and learn about many cultures. Learning new things every day makes our minds gain more knowledge. Hence, traveling can also be a way of gaining knowledge.

Nature, this word makes everyone to think and imagine about mountains, beaches, trees, waterfalls, etc. There is no end to nature. Nature is that beautiful, some are beyond our finding’s. They are the hidden beauties of nature. To find these beauties a man should go through a lot of struggles but looking at the beauty, the man can forget all the troubles that he had undergone.

In this world there are so many people who love traveling. For many traveling could be a way to relax from their work. For some it could be a vacation or holiday. For some people traveling could be passion, inspiration and a way to live. These people are the one who a strong and want to keep exploring the hidden beauty of nature.

This tune reminds me of hiking which is a way of climbing hills or mountain’s. In hiking, a person climbs up a mountain in thousands of way. As we just can’t follow one way or step to climb. There are so many different ways which different people are comfortable to climb. This, shows the different personalities or variations in humans. After a lot of struggle we find out our real happiness when we reach our destination.

We get to see many varieties of species and gets to taste various food items and vegetables. We get to see many different lifestyles of people in different places. Traveling creates experiences and memories which can be cherished for a lifetime.

Nature teaches us many things. It is a natural teacher. It is natural beauty. It cannot be created artificially. Even if created can never replace the beauty of real nature. As in this world nothing can replace the beauty of nature.

We get life lessons as nature teaches us about life. When we travel, we walk in ups and downs but at the end when we reach the peak or our destination we get great joy. But after some time, we attract attention to another place and that starts another journey. In the same way, a person who is living will work hard to achieve his goal but even after achieving a goal we get reminded of another goal. This is life and cannot be changed. Hence in this way travelling teaches us about life and it’s value.

Every failure will be a step to success. When we are travelling, and we get hurt, we treat it and move forward , in the same way we lead our life by taking our failures as a step for success. Every failure will bring us unforgettable victory.

To get victory we need to do a lot of sacrifices, these sacrifices makes us strong and our victory very special.

                                                                                                                                                               Leema Viana J.

Ciao Suor Philomena

Pubblicato il: lunedì 13 Giugno 2022

Nella certezza che nessuno muore finché vive nel cuore di chi resta, suor Filomena rimarrà nei cuori di chi l’ha amata e per sempre la ricorderà per la dedizione al suo lavoro, sempre svolto col sorriso e volto al bene altrui.

Grande è sempre stato il suo altruismo, nonché l’ amore per la natura e per tutto ciò che la circondava e saranno proprio  questi i tasselli del suo vivere che rimarranno per sempre nel  ricordo di tutti coloro che l’hanno conosciuta.

Questo nostro pensiero,  arrivi fin lassù come un soffio di vento con la consolazione che l’amore lascia segni e ricordi che niente e nessuno può cancellare, dandoci la consolazione che coloro che amiamo, pur non essendo più fisicamente con noi, sono comunque ovunque noi siamo.

                                                                                                                                  Anna Maria Pulli

Presenza viva in Kerala

Pubblicato il: venerdì 22 Aprile 2022

Era un lontano 1975 quando l’India e precisamente la città di Cochin ha accolto le prime impronte dei piedi di una futura “missionaria” Madre Carla Borgheri. Il Sig. Antony Athipozhy, proprietario di un terreno, accorgendosi della presenza del divino nella persona di Madre Carla, le donò un pezzo del suo terreno paludoso e con alberi di cocchi. In questo luogo, nella diocesi Cochin, è sorta la prima casa delle Missionarie dell’Inacarnazione ove la fondatrice con tanta gioia si recava ogni anno. Con la sua presenza e il lavoro faticoso le paludi sono state trasformate in un giardino non solo di fiori ma anche di anime che volevano seguire la sua via di santità. Nonostante tutte le difficoltà: lingua, clima, cibo e cultura, la Madre ha saputo infondere nelle persone della zona l’amore e la gioia che le veniva da Dio. Oltre a distribuire i viveri, a chi davvero soffriva la fame, ha cercato di donare anche il suo affetto e il sorriso. Cercava di balbettare anche qualche frase nella lingua del posto come “sugamano, irikkuka” ecc. In questo modo  si accattivava la benevolenza delle  persone che  indirizzava  verso Gesù.

Dal 1977 fino ai primi mesi del 2005 ha continuato questi faticosi viaggi restando in India per alcuni mesi. A distanza di quaranta anni, molte persone ricordano ancora la persona di Madre Carla e soprattutto dicono ancora con cuore riconoscente: “Se non fosse stato per il grano e il latte in polvere donati da Madre Carla, non saremmo sopravvissuti”.

Col passare degli anni, la strada davanti alla casa delle Missionarie dell’Incarnazione a Cochin, è stata nominata inizialmente “St. Josepoh’s Convent Road”. Dopo la morte di Madre Teresa di Calcutta e la sua beatificazione, le autorità civili l’hanno rinominata “Mother Teresa Road”.  Ora, come per miracolo, mentre ha inizio  il processo di canonizzazione di Madre Carla, le stesse autorità , insieme al consenso della gente del posto, hanno deciso  di nominare  la strada  “Mother Carla Borgheri Road”. È stato davvero un evento straordinario per tutti coloro che hanno amato Madre Carla, l’intitolazione della strada è un motivo per sentirla sempre viva e presente.

La cerimonia dell’intitolazione della strada “Mother Carla Borgheri Road” è stata commevente. Erano presenti le autorità civili di diversi gradi, MLA (Member of Legislative Assembly) Mr. Maxi, Councilor del comune Mrs. Reddina, il parroco, le suore e tante altre persone del posto. Ora, la strada che la Madre ha percorso tantissime volte, sia a piedi che in macchina, ha il suo nome. È una cosa che non pensavamo avvenisse cosi facilmente e proprio al compiersi dei cento anni dalla sua nascita, il 17 Febbraio 2022. Siamo sicure che la amata fondatrice con la sua intercessione, ha permesso che ciò accadesse. Esultiamo di gioia nel Signore Gesù che compie l’impossibile per i suoi eletti.