Celebrating Diwali

For most people lighting of firecrackers is the highlight of Diwali. Brighter the sparkles, louder the noise the greater the thrill!! In fact to many of us, these aesthetic forms of light seem so appropriate and most essential when celebrating the ‘Festival of Lights’.

But little do people realize that in our increasingly populated and polluted cities, the temporary joy of watching the firecrackers is soon replaced by the intense air pollution caused by these. The toxic substances used in the firecrackers release toxic gases that are harmful to the health of all living beings. The high level of noise generated by the crackers cause immense suffering to birds and animals. Besides, Diwali crackers are dreaded by the sick and the ailing.

With the growing recognition of the impacts of Diwali on the environment, several groups have started to reinterpret the rituals and traditions to become more sensitive to nature. For instance, the children of NCL school, Pune celebrate a different Diwali by sharing clothes with the lesser privileged. Likewise, we all must find a way to celebrate and enjoy this festivity in a safer and eco-friendly way.

Vibha Bhat, Student Representative, Prakruthi

 

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DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING PROGRAM- 2014

“God does not require that we be successful only that we be faithful.”
-Mother Teresa

The most awaited event of this year has come to an end. DTP as we call was conducted from 2nd to 8th October in Christ college, Kengeri. We 41 of us participants were accompanied by teachers and some JY members.

Peace To All

Peace To All

Last year when I attended this same program and came back, I decided that I would go back again. I had this desire since 1 year and my dream just came true. When I entered the beautiful campus it reminded me of the amazing moments I spent there last year. And I surely knew that this year it would bring its own set of happiness for all of us. DTP does not just focus on an individual’s spiritual development but caters to development of all kinds.

Time of Fun

Time of Fun

We had retreat for the first 3 days where topics like ‘How to experience forgiveness?’, ‘Relation with Jesus’, ‘Holy Eucharist’, ‘Holy Spirit’ and ‘Mother Mary’. These days focus was laid on our spirituality and love for fellow beings. The next 4 days, we had training and workshop on how we should socialize with people around us and evangelize them through our life. We were taught on how our lives can spread the love that God has for mankind. We were given training on how to evangelize in our own ways. We were divided into groups and discussed on how to tackle various day to day problems in a very peaceful way. We were given an opportunity to bring out our talents by giving us a chance for singing, dancing and acting. There were opportunities where we learnt that how we were a blessing and how we could put forth our views in college and our families. We had a session with pro-life ministry and had discussions on population explosion, abortion, and pornography. We were also taught about the six constants:
• Personal prayer
• Word of God
• Sacraments
• Evangelization
• Option for the poor
• Fellowship

 Students  attending the session during the camp

Students attending the session during the camp

Well, DTP was not all about retreat and training. We also played dodgeball and basketball. We were sent to explore the campus and nature and take inspirations from it. On 4th October, we had nature mass as the Catholic Church celebrated the feast of St. Francis of Assissi who was a person who loved nature. We celebrated mass and had adoration everyday.

Celebration of Nature Mass

Celebration of Nature Mass

In these 7 days all of us lived and grew as members of the same family who ate, drank, shared, laughed and cried together. We are all coming with a transformed mind to fill your days with love, joy and peace.
“Preach the Gospel at all times, if necessary use words”
-St. Francis of Assissi.

Sharon Vas, Student Representative, ACC

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ST. PIO OF PIETRELCINA

St. Pio of Pietrelcina commonly known as Padre Pio was a friar, Priest, stigmatist and mystic. He became famous for bearing stigmata (a term to describe body marks, sores, or sensations of pain in locations corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ, such as the hands, wrists, and feet.)

He was born as Francesco Forgione to Grazio Mario Forgione and Maria Giuseppa Di Nunzio Forgione on May 25, 1887, in Pietrelcina, a farming town in the southern Italian region of Campania. The members of the family attended daily Mass, prayed the Rosary nightly, and abstained from meat three days a week in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Although Francesco’s parents and grandparents were illiterate, they memorized the Scriptures and narrated Bible stories to their children. His mother said Francesco was able to see and speak with Jesus, the Virgin Mary and his guardian angel and that as a child, he assumed that all people could do so. On January 6, 1903, at the age of 15, he entered the novitiate of the Capuchin friars at Morcone where, on January 22, he took the Franciscan habit and the name of Friar Pio, in honor of Pope St. Pius I, whose relic is preserved in the Sant’Anna Chapel in Pietrelcina. He took the simple vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

Commencing his seven-year study for the priesthood, he traveled to the friary of St. Francis of Assisi by oxcart. Three years later on January 27, 1907, he made his solemn profession. At 17, he suddenly fell ill, complaining of loss of appetite, insomnia, exhaustion, fainting spells, and terrible migraines. He vomited frequently and could absorb only milk and cheese. During prayer, Brother Pio remained in a stupor, as if he were absent. One of Pio’s fellow friars claims to have seen him in ecstasy, levitating above the ground. In 1910, Brother Pio was ordained a priest by Archbishop Paolo Schinosi at the Cathedral of Benevento. Four days later, he offered his first Mass at the parish church of Our Lady of Angels. His health being precarious, he was permitted to remain with his family until 1916 while still retaining the Capuchin habit.

On September 20, 1918, while hearing confessions, Padre Pio had his first occurrence of the stigmata. This phenomenon continued for fifty years, until the end of his life. The blood flowing from the stigmata smelled of perfume or flowers, a phenomenon mentioned in stories of the lives of several saints and often referred to as the odour of sanctity. Life became more complicated after that. Physicians, Church authorities and curiosity seekers came to see Padre Pio. In 1924 and again in 1931, the authenticity of the stigmata was questioned. Padre Pio was not allowed to celebrate mass publicly or hear confessions. But he did not complain about all this.

By 1933, the tide began to turn, with Pope Pius XI ordering the Holy See to reverse its ban on Padre Pio’s public celebration of Mass. The pope said, “I have not been badly disposed toward Padre Pio, but I have been badly informed.” In 1934, he was again allowed to hear confessions. He was also given honorary permission to preach despite never having taken the exam for the preaching license. Pope Pius XII, who assumed the papacy in 1939, encouraged devotees to visit Padre Pio.

Early in the morning of September 23, 1968, Padre Pio made his last confession and renewed his Franciscan vows. As was customary, he had his rosary in his hands, though he did not have the strength to say the Hail Mary loud. Till the end, he repeated the words “Gesù, Maria” (Jesus, Mary). At around 2:30 a.m., he said, “I see two mothers” (taken to mean his mother and Mary). At 2:30 a.m. he died in his cell in San Giovanni Rotondo with his last breath whispering, “Maria!”
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he pope declared Padre Pio a saint on June 16, 2002. An estimated 300,000 people attended the canonization ceremony. St. Pio of Pietrelcina is currently known as the patron saint of civil defense volunteers.

Sharon Vas, Student representative, ACC

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World Literacy Day

As a part of World Literacy Day, the student body of CSA held a session in our campus for children who were drop-outs to show them the beauty of literacy and education, and aimed at encouraging these children to return to school in order to experience the joys of being a student.

We, the volunteers of CSA were guided by our teacher Mr. Pradeep Joshi on how to receive the children. At 2:45pm an enthusiastic bunch of 22 children arrived at our campus. They were then divided into groups and five volunteers were in charge of each group. The children loved strolling around the campus, and they had a surprised look on their faces when they saw how paper was made at our recycling unit. Our next stop was the CJC building which they liked very much, and began running around the quadrangle. After an hour of music, dancing and posing the children were served refreshments at The Gourmet.

This session conducted by CSA was successful in inspiring them, and they left the campus with a determination to continue their education.

Neharika Puligundla, Student Representative, CSA

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Cosmos and Magnachrista

Cosmos, held once in every two years,which always brings out the inner scientist in us is an event where one has  to brainstorm innovative ideas which then have to be researched upon as to how effective these ideas could be for the development of the human society. Well, this years’s theme was “the impact of technology on human development”. Every class had participated enthusiastically and made the event a successful one. Magnachrista on the other hand tests both your knowledge and creativity as well. The fest had various event ranging from scouting clues for finding treasure to solving clues on mind puzzling crimes bringing out the Sherlock Holes in you, from gaming to quizzing and many other events which are as follows:

1)Masquerade:

It is a science based treasure hunt.It was a two day event. It had received the highest number of participants which is of 23 teams. There was a total of nine tasks, five in the first round,three in the next and one in the final round. The tasks ranged from fun exciting games such as four legged race, minute to win to tasks that trigger your grey cells such as constructing a rocket bottle, salt analysis,building an electric motor,etc. The event was a huge success.

2)Bullets of Blood

This event is a forensic science event tests your analytic skills. The event was a total of five rounds. The first round being theoretical and had no elimination. The second round was a parameter study from which six participants were selected. The third one was the one in which their knowledge in physics was tested. The fourth round tested their knowledge in chemistry. Finally, the fifth round consisted of three finalists. They finally had to solve the murder within twenty minutes else they had to solve another case. In all they were given three chances.

3)Techtonic

The event was based on programming,gadget making,and automation. Participants were expected to be well versed with circuits and computer programming. The event consisted of five rounds. The first one was the treasure hunt round,where the participants had to search for the required circuit components with which they had to build the circuit in the second round.  In the next round,the participants had to design a program which is capable of handling an order given in a restaurant. In the fourth,they had to theoretically design a hover craft. In the final round the participants had to build a robot in such a way that it would sense a particular object and follow it and at the same time race the other robots. The students had participated very enthusiastically.

4)Espacio

It was an event individual’s ability to discover ways to colonize space. In the first round the participants had to present a seven minute presentation on -“Plan a trip for a hundred people to a celestial body in space”. The second was a debate on i)space colonization-Boon or bane? ii)Should we really attempt to colonize space given what we have done to our home planet. iii)Energy sources in space-Solar vs nuclear.The final round was a space related quiz in which the questions were based on various space experiments on Earth and hypothesizing the result in space.

5)Jeopardy

This event consisted of the Prelims and the finals. The prelims consisted of twenty questions from which the top eight teams were selected. The first round was based on concepts that we learn on our classrooms. The second round was a visual round in which the teams with the lowest score were eliminated. The third round consisted of all types of questions. The fourth round was based on Indian science. The fifth round was the highest scoring round. The competition was very intense where team each had given its best.

Finally, it was truly a confluence of science and culture.

J.E. Easha, Student Representative, Science Forum

 

 

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SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS

Thomas Aquinas was born on 28 January, 1225 in Roccasecca, Kingdom of Sicily to Landulf and Theodora. Thomas is honored as a saint by the Catholic Church and is held to be the model teacher for those studying for the priesthood, and indeed the highest expression of both natural reason and speculative theology. In modern times, under papal directives, the study of his works was long used as a core of the required program of study for those seeking ordination as priests or deacons, as well as for those in religious formation and for other students of the sacred disciplines (philosophy, Catholic theology, church history, liturgy, canon law).

At the age of five Thomas began his early education at Monte Cassino but after the military conflict between the Emperor Frederick II and Pope Gregory IX spilled into the abbey in early 1239, Landulf and Theodora had Thomas enrolled at the studium generale (university) recently established by Frederick in Naples. It was here that Thomas was probably introduced to Aristotle, Averroes and Maimonides. all of whom would influence his theological philosophy. It was also during his study at Naples that Thomas came under the influence of John of St. Julian, a Dominican preacher in Naples, who was part of the active effort by the Dominican order to recruit devout followers.

At the age of nineteen Thomas resolved to join the recently founded Dominican order. Thomas’s change of heart did not please his family. In an attempt to prevent Theodora’s interference in Thomas’s choice, the Dominicans arranged to move Thomas to Rome, and from Rome, to Paris. However, while on his journey to Rome, per Theodora’s instructions, his brothers seized him as he was drinking from a spring and took him back to his parents at the castle of Monte San Giovanni Campano. Once two of brothers had also hired a prostitute to seduce him but he drove her away wielding a fire iron. That night two angels appeared to him as he slept and strengthened his determination to remain celibate. By 1244, seeing that all of her attempts to dissuade Thomas had failed, Theodora sought to save the family’s dignity, arranging for Thomas to escape at night through his window.

In 1272 Thomas took leave from the University of Paris when the Dominicans from his home province called upon him to establish a studium generale wherever he liked and staff it as he pleased. He chose to establish the institution in Naples, and moved there to take his post as regent master. He took his time at Naples to work on the third part of the Summa(his work) while giving lectures on various religious topics. On 6 December 1273 at the Dominican convent of Naples in the Chapel of Saint Nicholas after Matins Thomas lingered and was seen by the sacristan Domenic of Caserta to be levitating in prayer with tears before an icon of the crucified Christ. Christ said to Thomas, “You have written well of me, Thomas. What reward would you have for your labor?” Thomas responded, “Nothing but you, Lord.” After this exchange something happened, but Thomas never spoke of it or wrote it down. Because of what he saw, he abandoned his routine and refused to dictate to his socius Reginald of Piperno. When Reginald begged him to get back to work, Thomas replied: “Reginald, I cannot, because all that I have written seems like straw to me”.What exactly triggered Thomas’s change in behavior is believed by Catholics to have been some kind of supernatural experience of God. After taking to his bed, he did recover some strength.

Looking to find a way to reunite the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Gregory X convened the Second Council of Lyon to be held on 1 May 1274 and summoned Thomas to attend. At the meeting, Thomas’s work for Pope Urban IV concerning the Greeks, Contra errores graecorum, was to be presented. On his way to the Council, riding on a donkey along the Appian Way, he struck his head on the branch of a fallen tree and became seriously ill again. He was then quickly escorted to Monte Cassino to convalesce. After resting for a while, he set out again, but stopped at the Cistercian Fossanova Abbey after again falling ill. The monks nursed him for several days, and as he received his last rites he prayed: “I receive Thee, ransom of my soul. For love of Thee have I studied and kept vigil, toiled, preached and taught….”. He died on 7 March 1274 while giving commentary on the Song of Songs.

When he was canonized, his feast day was inserted in the General Roman Calendar for celebration on 7 March, the day of his death. Since this date commonly falls within Lent, the 1969 revision of the calendar moved his memorial to 28 January, the date of the translation of his relics to Toulouse.

Saint Thomas Aquinas is also known as the patron saint of students.

Sharon Vas, Student representative, ACC.

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A consolidated Report on Pierian Spring Activities

Hello Christites,

We have had a couple of eventful months with the students of CJC participating in a host of activities and competitions held by Pierian Spring, as well as other institutions outside.

Pierian Spring conducted a debate on a Friday last month. The topic of this debate was ‘Who will guard the guards?’ Though not too many people turned up to begin with, the debate was a fruitful one, with various interesting arguments cropping up. It was conducted on a solo basis, with each of the ten speakers being allotted two minutes, plus one minute for rebuttal.

The first place was bagged by Tania Thomas of 1’O’, the second place by Ramith G of 1’L’, while the third place went to Nishtha Sinha of 1’M’. Hats off to the winners as well as to all the other participants!]

The Darpan festival held last month by the Christ University saw the members of Theactrix, Christ Junior College’s annual theatre workshop participating in their theatre competition and bagging awards. The play put forth by the CJC students, called Bangalore Canteen was a reminder to the audience of those age-old retreats, once very popular with the inhabitants of our city, but which are now merely surviving on fragments of legacy, and which are also under the threat of destruction from more ambitious modern businesses. The play’s theme, message and execution certainly brought tears to the viewers’ eyes, and led to the cast winning two awards, one for audience impact and the other for stage management. Congratulations to the team of Bangalore Canteen!

Finish the play

Five students from CJC recently participated and bagged the first place in the Finish the Play event held at The International School Bangalore’s fest Vivum. The team was given the beginning of a storyline, which was an improvisation on the popular children’s story Alice in Wonderland, which they had to continue with a plot of their own imagination, while spreading awareness about any important issue at the same time. Awareness was also the general theme for the whole event. The team from CJC did a fabulous job, putting forth a play that was funny and engaging, while also spreading awareness of current environmental issues. Congratulations to the team members- Sahana, Prathibha, Nirupama, Vineet and Talin.

 Nirupama, Student Representative, Pierian Spring

 

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