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.
Mary and Jesus are so closely united that giving ourselves to Mary ultimately brings us to Jesus. Yet, little did young Joyce Lucas of Orlem, Malad West in Mumbai, know where being an active member of the Legion of Mary would ultimately lead her. Mary's embrace willy-nilly drew her to the heart of her loving Son, to be his instrument of communication in the media world.
On April 27, 2003, Alberione was beatified by Pope Saint John Paul II, who called him the “First Apostle of the New Evangelization”—a sign for the whole Church that even through an avant-garde apostolate can one achieve holiness.
The author reflects on the importance of the solemnity of Christ the King in the context of the Season of Advent, revealing the meaning of kingship and messiah. Each Advent, we renew our hope that the King to come will free us from afflictions.