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R. J. Campbell went to see a lady who was dying in Brighton, England. He found her to be a person of means and education but ignorant of Christ and the plan of salvation. She knew Christ only as a great Teacher but nothing at all of redemption through Him. Her life story was one of sadness, stained with sorrow and sin. In the course of the conversation she sighed and said, “ Oh that it were possible for some great strong friend to take my conscience as thought it were his own that I may have a little peace.” The New Year invites each and every one of us to a life of good will which promotes peace and solidarity, justice and love in the families and in the society at large. The words of Jesus brings hope to the people of good will in such a way that the violence ridden society of today will be transformed by the nucleus of Christian revolution, that is, love your enemies, which is magna carta of Jesus’ teaching. It is consoling hope which the birth of Jesus gives us in this new year that peace and prosperity is possible when we try to understand and accept the people of the opposite views, when we try to sow love and mercy to the broken hearted, when we sacrifice for the good of the other. Plenty of hurdles and obstacles come on our way. Fortified by the faith in the Lord and strengthened by the divine wisdom and guidance we can overcome these challenges and sow the seed of peace and harmony.

Dear friends, People often confuse simple for easy. Simple is not the same as easy. Jesus’ teachings were radically simple. Like “blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Mt. 5:9) Experts have a special talent for complicating things. But the stand-out genius in any field is always the person who is able to take what is incredibly complex, break it down to what is essential, and present it in a way that makes it seem simple. Spiritual leaders of all types throughout history have often complicated the path to God in ways that have made it almost impossible for the average person to walk the path. God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. By the time of Jesus these had evolved into 613 laws. The simplicity of Jesus teaching was radical in contrast to the stifling effect these 613 laws had on daily life. Jesus teachings were radical in content and method. But they also provide unique insight into the mind of God. In many ways reading the Gospels is a tour through the mind of God. Each parable or teaching, each encounter Jesus has with a person highlights what God cares about and what he doesn’t. The life and teaching of Jesus Christ help us to understand God’s priorities so that we can get our own priorities right. The content of his teachings was radical because it focused on conversion of the heart rather than external behaviors. So let us become simple peacemakers in the world and fill your own heart with peace of Christ. As a result you can be called the child of God.

In conclusion, Let us all think about the life in the current, fast growing technology, young generation is advanced in all the fields, latest gadgets before us. Are we all up to the current? Do you remain with the limited knowledge? Let us examine deeply. In a sense today we are all people of a new beginning, face with new challenges and burdened by enormous responsibilities for the world’s future. In this present time our survival on earth is in our hands; our time on this planet is limited. Let us accelerate to understand other and learn to respect the priceless gift of life, which is one for us all. We live only once on this Earth. Let us become coworkers in creating a peaceful word where each other can live in peace and harmony as God envisaged in the begging of creation. May God bless you all abundantly.


With prayers

Rev. Fr. Bathula Jaya Raj

Provincial Superior



St. John Paul II convened a Synod (a temporary gathering of some bishops representing many nations whose purpose is to discuss specific matters and to advise the pope) in 1980 on the family. Only two years into his papacy, JP2 wanted to prioritize his agenda by explaining to the church and to the world that the human family was the cornerstone of civilization, of society, of government and of the Church. He also wanted to warn families of the dangers lurking in the world that threatened the health and well- being of the very institutions of family. This papal letter is a response to the synod on the family.


St. John Paul II wanted to teach about the sanctity, dignity and necessity of the human family. A primary component of religion and civil society (church and state), the  family is the nucleus of culture and civilization itself. He wants to show that it is part of God’s plan that human beings come from, develop in, and live within a family context. The pope also wants to underscore that it was no accident, nor was it merely incidental that Jesus, the Savior and Redeemer, was born and raised in a human family. This letter also tries to encourage both individuals and society itself to promote, defend, and sustain the family and provide assistance and healing where there are broken or wounded families. Here I would like to compare and meditate on the family of HGN. The Missionary society of Heralds of Good News is a Clerical Society of Apostolic life of Pontifical Right, according to the universal law of the Church and the proper law of the Society. The members of the Society form one family of God in the Church and strive after perfection through the practice of Evangelical Counsels, dedicating themselves to the service of God and their fellow human beings (Const. art. 2 & 3). This family of HGN needs better communication skills among its members to grow as one family of God in this modern and scientific world.


The Essential parts of the Encyclical :Familiaris consortio is composed of four parts:


♦ The bright spots and shadows of the modern family: St. John Paul II defined that family as a community of persons and not just a biological, legal, or social grouping of individuals.


♦ God’s plan for marriage and the family


♦ The role of the Christian family in today’s world


♦ The pastoral and spiritual care of the family


St. John Paul II saw the family as the fundamental and essential building block to all society, for both the church and the state. Even though each individual person is made separately by God, the intent of the Creator is that we are born, raised, and live within the context of a family. Families are the best place for individuals to realize their full potential because they profit from the gifts and talents of each member and compensate for respective weaknesses. St. John Paul II saw good and bad elements affecting modern families today.


Addressing the concerns, JP2 reminded his readers that it was not an accident or whim that the Savior, the Son of God, was born and raised within a human family. Jesus had a human mother who lived with her husband. The three of them formed what is typically call the Holy Family, but all human families can be rightfully called the domestic church or the seminary of life. Both of these terms reinforce the fact that in the family:


♦ Parents have a primary responsibility to teach their children the Christian faith, even if they send their kids to formal religious education.

♦ Sons and daughters learn about being brothers and sisters, how to cooperate and coexist with one another.

♦ People learn firsthand about the love of God and the necessity to worship and communicate with him through prayer.


In other words, families that never pray or go to church is setting as poor an example as families that don’t eat their fruits and vegetables or brush their teeth and wash behind their ears. In a similar way we are not by accident as the members of St. John Paul II province but with a specific purpose. And that purpose is to grow in love as one family and work for the growth and progress of the province. If only every member puts into action all potentiality we can experience the wonders in the form of peaceful communities wherever they are.


St. John Paul II reminded married couple that Christian marriage is the foundation of the Christian family. Just as Christ loved his bride, the church, husbands and wives are to love and serve each other. Their sacrificial love often will lead to the birth of new life and family members. A happy family is not one free of suffering but one that can endure any hardship because each member is willing to sacrifice for the sake of the others. The bottom line: Good families are built on good marriages. The family is a reflection of the Holy Trinity (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit), which is a community of persons but still one God. Likewise, the family is a community of persons (mother and father, son and daughter, brother and sister) but still one family. The mutual love of husband and wife-as intense as it can get- is still built on the principle of self- sacrificing love: surrendering your own wants and desires for the needs of others.


I am concluding this article by a beautiful quote from our constitutions. “We shall preach the Good News of Salvation at all times to all the people by word and by our exemplary lives. Evangelisation of people and their Christian advancement should be the indestructible bond that unites all of us as one family and the compelling force behind our apostolate”. (Art. 5, c). May God bless you all and all the best for your future ministry.


With love and prayers in Christ,


Rev. Fr. Charles Gorantla

Provincial Superior