Then be it Manipur or Myanmar, Ukraine or Russia, Afghanistan or Israel or Gaza, the humbleness and helplessness of the Stable beckons us to divert our attention from selfishness to righteousness, from possessions to selflessness, from greed to generosity and so on.
If one could cite a single concrete example of the direct relationship of Mission Sunday with the mission of every baptized Christian, it is the emphatic remonstration of John the Baptist with King Herod: “It is not lawful for you to take your brother’s wife” (Mk 6:18).
It was with deep regret that the news of the sudden passing of a gentle, kindly soul into eternity was received in all quarters. Livia DeSa of Little Flower 1, Bandra, breathed her last on February 10, 2022, leaving not only her immediate family but also a cross-section of people—priests, nuns and laypeople alike—shell shocked.
Born on May 26, 1944, Livia, the fourth of the six children of the late Frank and Amy De Sa, was a teacher by profession and had a long innings in Saint Andrew’s High School, Bandra, from where she retired as Supervisor.
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them,” says Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta. The truism of this assertion of the Saint of the gutters as she was widely known was in evidence when, at the close of the Season of Christmas 2021, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) named ‘Seva Dham’ reached out to hamlets of brick kiln workers on the outskirts of Bhiwandi, which is an hour’s drive from Thane, a suburb of Mumbai in India.