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അടുത്തത് ഞാന്‍…അഗതി മന്ദിരത്തിലേയ്ക്ക്

Posted by Fr Nelson MCBS on September 23, 2014

അടുത്തത് ഞാന്‍……… അഗതി മന്ദിരത്തിലേയ്ക്ക്

Old age 3

             എന്‍റെ പൊന്നോമനകള്ളെ  നല്ലൊരു നിലവാരമുള്ള കോളേജ്, സ്കൂളില്‍ അഡ്മിഷന്‍ എടുക്കാന്‍, എത്ര ഡൊണെഷന്‍ നല്കിയാണെങ്കിലും ആരുടെ കാലേ കൈ പിടിച്ചാണെങ്കിലും പേരും പെരുമയും ഉള്ളിടത്ത് ചേര്‍ക്കാന്‍  മാതാപിതാക്കള്‍ പരക്കം പായുകയാണ്. നാളുകള്‍ കഴിയുമ്പോള്‍ ഇവര്‍ നമുക്ക് അഡ്മിഷന്‍ എടുക്കുമോ ഇല്ലയോ എന്ന് ഓര്‍ത്ത്  ഞാനും നിങ്ങളും ഭയപ്പെടുന്നു.അല്ലേ?

        ഇന്ന് പല രോഗാവസ്ഥയുടെയും കാരണം അണുക്കളാണെന്നു ശാസത്രം പറയുന്നു. നമ്മുടെ മാതാപിതാക്കളുടെ വാര്‍ധ്യ കാലത്തെ അരക്ഷിതാവസ്ഥയ്ക്കും കാരണം അണുതന്നെയല്ലേ? ഭാര്യയും ഭര്ത്താ വും മക്കളും അടങ്ങുന്ന അണുകുടുംബo. പണ്ടത്തെ കുരുമുളകും , കാപ്പിയും ഒക്കെ പോലെയല്ലേ നമ്മുടെ യുവതിയുവാക്കള്‍. ഇവരൊക്കെ ഇന്ന് വിദേശരാജ്യങ്ങളിലേക്ക് കയറ്റി അയക്കപ്പെടുകയാണ്. മാതാപിതാക്കള്‍ക്ക്  ഇവരില്‍ നിന്ന് ധനസഹായം ലഭിക്കുന്നു. വയസ്സായി കഴിയുമ്പോള്‍ അവരുടെ അവസ്ഥയോ? വിദേശത്തുള്ള മക്കള്‍ എത്തുന്നതുവരെ സൂക്ഷിക്കാനുള്ള ഐസു പെട്ടിയും മറ്റും വ്യാപാരടിസ്ഥാനത്തില്‍ ലഭ്യമാണ്. ഇവിടെ താമസമാക്കിയിട്ടുള്ള മക്കളും മാതാപിതാക്കളെ തിരിഞ്ഞു നോക്കാത്ത കാഴ്ചകള്‍ നമുക്ക് സുപരിചിതമാണ്‌.

 Old age 2

             മകനോ മക്കള്‍ക്കോ അവരുടെ പങ്കാളിയെ ലഭിച്ചു കഴിയുമ്പോള്‍ സ്വകാര്യത വേണം. അതിനു മാതാപിതാക്കള്‍ തടസമാണ് പല വീട്ടിലും…..ഇതിന് കൂടുതലും മുന്‍കൈ എടുക്കുന്നത് വിവാഹം കഴിച്ചുകൊണ്ടു വരുന്ന പെണ്‍കുട്ടികള്‍ ആണെന്ന വാസ്തവം നമ്മള്‍ വീക്ഷിക്കാറുള്ളതാണ്..  പോറ്റു വളര്‍ത്തിയ അപ്പനെയും അമ്മയെയുo വ്യദ്ധസദനത്തിലാക്കുന്ന മക്കള്‍  അറിയുന്നില്ല അവർ അവർക്കു വേണ്ടിയുള്ള കുഴി തന്നെയാണ് കുഴിക്കുന്നതെന്ന്.

 ഭക്ഷണമില്ലാതെ നമുക്ക് ജീവിക്കാന്‍ പറ്റുമോ?  അതുപോലെ വ്യദ്ധസദനങ്ങള്‍ ഒഴിച്ചുകൂടാനാവാത്ത ഒന്നായി മാറിയിരിക്കുന്നു.

 Old age 1

    ആധുനിക മനുഷ്യന്‍റെ ജീവിതം സിസേറിയനിലും ഡേ കെയറിലും തുടങ്ങി വ്യദ്ധ സദനത്തിലും ഫ്രീസറിലും അവസാനിക്കുന്ന രംഗങ്ങള്‍ എത്രയോ അപമാനകരമാണ്. ഇന്ന് നമ്മുടെ സമൂഹത്തില്‍ സ്കൈപ്പിലൂടെ      അന്ത്യോപചാരവും          അര്‍പ്പിക്കുന്നവരും ചുരുക്കമല്ല. ഇന്നിന്‍റെ  വലിയ പ്രശ്നം‍ ദാരിദ്രമോ, നിരക്ഷരതയോ, തൊഴിലില്ലായ്മയോ ഒന്നുമല്ല. സ്നേഹ ശുന്യതയാണ് ഇന്നിന്‍റെ പ്രശ്നം‍.

ഇത് ഓര്‍മിപ്പിച്ച ഒരു അമ്മയെ ഞാന്‍ ഓര്‍ക്കുന്നു. ഒരുപാട് മക്കളെ മാറോടു ചേര്ത്ത ആ അമ്മ മദര്‍ തേരസയാണ്.

 Old age  4

                        “സ്നേഹമെല്ലാം ജയിക്കും

                         സ്നേഹമെല്ലാം  പൊറുക്കും”.

 എന്ന് പഠിപ്പിച്ച ആ അമ്മ നമുക്ക് എന്നും മാത്യകയാണ്.

 അര്‍ധ രാത്രിയില്‍ അമ്മ എന്നെയും നിങ്ങളെയും ഉറക്കികിടത്തിയിട്ട് പിതാവ് എത്തി കഴിയുമ്പോള്‍ അമ്മയോട് ചോദിക്കുന്നത് എന്താ? ‘എന്‍റെ  മോന്‍ ഉറങ്ങിയോ’ ?

പിതാവ് തൊട്ടിലില്‍ നിന്ന് വാരിയെടുത്ത് മൂക്കോട് ചേര്‍ത്ത്  ഉമ്മ നല്കിയത്……………….

അതിന്‍റെ ഒരു സ്നേഹത്തിന്‍റെ മുഹൂര്‍ത്തം ഓര്‍ത്തിരുന്നെങ്കില്‍………….

ഇന്ന്  അപ്പനും അമ്മയും അനാഥമന്ദിരത്തിന്‍റെ വാതില്‍ പടിയില്‍ ‘എന്‍റെ  മകനോ മകളോ എന്നെയും കാത്തു വരുമോ’?  എന്ന് നോക്കി  നില്ക്കു മായിരുന്നോ? .

ഒന്നാലോചിച്ചു നോക്കു. കുഞ്ഞുനാള്‍ മുതല്‍ താലോലിച്ചു വളര്‍ത്തി വലുതാക്കിയ മാതാപിതാക്കള്ക്കു വേണ്ടി അല്പ്പംപോലും സമയം നീക്കിവെക്കാനില്ലാത്ത തിരക്കോടുകൂടി സ്വന്തം ജീവിത വിജയത്തെ പിന്തുടരുന്നത്‌ സ്വാര്‍ത്ഥതയല്ലേ?.

 ഞാനൊരു ഹിന്ദുസ്ഥാനി കവിയുടെ വാക്കുകള്‍ പരിചയപ്പെടുത്താം

 ” വീട്ടില്‍ പോയി അമ്മയും അച്ഛനും ഒറ്റയ്ക്ക് കരയുന്നു.

എന്തുകൊണ്ട്  അവര്‍ ഒറ്റയ്ക്ക് കരയുന്നു?.

 മണ്ണ്ക്കൊണ്ടുണ്ടാക്കിയ കളിപ്പാട്ടത്തിന് ചന്തയില്‍ നല്ല വിലയായിരുന്നു.”

 മക്കളെ നിര്‍മ്മിച്ചൊരുക്കുന്ന മാതാപിതാക്കള്ക്ക്  ഒരു വിലയും ഇല്ലേ?

ആ കളിപ്പാട്ടത്തിന്റെ‍  വിലയെങ്കിലും അപ്പനും അമ്മയ്ക്കും തിരിച്ചേല്പ്പിക്കുന്ന മക്കളായി മാറട്ടെ  ഞാനും നിങ്ങളും അടങ്ങുന്ന തലമുറയെന്ന് നമുക്ക് പ്രാര്‍ത്ഥിക്കാം.

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Talks by Fr Jacob Keekkarikatt CMI, Emmaus Retreat Centre, Mallappally

Posted by Fr Nelson MCBS on September 22, 2014

Emmaus Retreat Centre, Mallappally

Wednesday Program – 17th September 2014

Vachana Sandesham

by 

Rev.Fr Jacob Keekkarikatt CMI

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Funeral of Rev Fr George Maliyil MCBS

Posted by Fr Nelson MCBS on September 22, 2014

Tribute to Rev Fr George Maliyil by Mar Mathew Arackal

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ISIS begins killing Christians in Mosul, CHILDREN BEHEADED

Posted by Fr Nelson MCBS on September 21, 2014

Let us remember in our prayers our brethren  who are being prey to the merciless act of Muslim militants in Syria and other countries.

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ISIS begins killing Christians in Mosul, CHILDREN BEHEADED

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

8/8/2014 

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

The killings have begun. The world does the least it can do.

Islamic State terrorists have begun their promised killing of Christians in Mosul, and they have started with the children. According to a report via CNN, a Chaldean-American businessman has said that killings have started in Mosul and children’s heads are being erected on poles in a city park.

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A child is photographed, waiting to be killed by militants. ISIS uses these images to terrorize others and to glorify their spree of terror.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

8/8/2014 (1 week ago)

Published in Middle East

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – “There is a park in Mosul,” Mark Arabo told CNN during a Skype interview from San Diego, “where they actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick and have them in the park.”

Arabo, who is a prominent Chaldean-American businessman and met with other leaders of his community in the White House last week, has called upon American political leaders to grant asylum to about 300,000 Christians fleeing the ISIS invasion.

“The world hasn’t seen this kind of atrocity in generations,” he told CNN. He’s mostly correct. Although genocides have happened repeatedly throughout history, including famous genocides in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, as well as Cambodia, the genocide perpetrated against Christians and other minorities is extreme, partly because it is being gleefully publicized.

The terrorists who have invaded Mosul and other ancient Christian communities in Syria and Iraq have made music videos of themselves murdering civilians and captured soldiers.  They are literally enjoying the act of killing and the fear and suffering experienced by others. This sadism may be the purest manifestation of evil witnessed since the Rape of Nanking during WWII. 

Already, several images have emerged of Christian children beheaded by ISIS, merely for being Christian. 

According to Arabo, women are being raped, then murdered, and men are being hanged. These are the people who were warned – convert to Islam of be put to the sword. 

Even families that pay the tax, mandated by ISIS for Christians who remain, are now being victimized. The women are allegedly being taken from their husbands and made into “wives” belonging to the ISIS fighters. This means they can rape them and even kill them, if they do not subsequently agree to convert to Islam. 

Not all Christians could flee, perhaps because they were caring for elderly relatives or small children or had some other reason they could not walk out of the city and trek across the desert. Perhaps some thought paying a tax would save them and their homes and businesses. 

Still, in another part of Iraq, refugees retreated into the mountains where they have been surrounded by ISIS rebels who are now waiting for them to starve and die from exposure. 

What is happening in Iraq and Syria, especially to Christians, is not hyperbole. The pledges of ISIS must be taken seriously. They have carried out every threat they have made. They have shown no mercy to children or their mothers. They revel in killing and are nothing more than an army of religious zealots and psychopaths. Their numbers are growing because nobody in the world is doing anything to stop them. Every murderous, blood-lusting Muslim who can reach the area is flocking to join ISIS and participate in the killing spree. 

This is no longer an issue for Iraq alone to deal with. The entire planet has a solemn responsibility to deal swiftly with ISIS and to neutralize their threat to all civilized people. 

That the world sits and watches is the epitome of shame and an indelible blight on humanity. 

Please do something now!

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Kurdish men carry the bodies of children who died after being driven from their homes with nothing to eat or drink.

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How can anyone turn away from a child, facing mortal terror? All Christian the children in Mosul are reportedly being killed.

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Convert or die. ISIS militants are crucifying victims because to them crucifixion is especially humiliating due to its Christian implications.

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Another woman killed by militants. ISIS has pledged to exterminate Christians from the region.

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A woman killed by Islamic militants. Christians are under a sentence of death in ISIS-controlled parts of Iraq and that includes women.

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Children lie where they were killed by militants.

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Islamists killing a woman by slitting her throat and capturing her blood in a bowl, holding her firm as her life literally drains from her neck. Such forms of execution are intended to intimidate others.

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A distraught father in Syria holds the lifeless body of his decapitated daughter, executed by militants because she was of a Christian family. Allegedly, Christian children in Mosul are being systematically beheaded and their little heads placed on poles in a park as a warning to others who love their children.

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All humanity owes a debt to this baby girl, to find her murderers and bring them to justice, dead or alive. That the nations of the world and its citizens sit complacent is the greatest embarrassment to civilization and should be the source of deep shame to all. Everything less that we do is pales by comparison. We have a moral imperative to act.

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In Loving Memory of Rev Fr George Maliyil MCBS

Posted by Fr Nelson MCBS on September 21, 2014

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Fr George Maliyil,  Poem

Here is the Poem written by Rev Fr Mathew Chencheril

and recited by Rev Fr Mathew Payyappilly

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Homily & Talks by Rev Fr Antony Vettiyanickal

Posted by Fr Nelson MCBS on September 21, 2014

Emmaus Retreat Centre, Mallappally

Night Vigil 18-09-2014

Homily & Talks by Rev Fr Antony (Bince) Vettiyanickal (Thalassery)

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Eliya Sleeva Moosakalam 3rd Sunday, Malayalam Homily by Fr Cyriac Thekkekuttu

Posted by Fr Nelson MCBS on September 20, 2014

Eliya Sleeva Moosakalam Third Sunday

എലിയാ സ്ളീവ മൂശാക്കാലം മൂന്നാം ഞായർ

Syro-Malabar Malayalam Sunday Homily (Video)

by

Fr Cyriac Thekkekuttu MCBS

Rev. Fr Cyriac Thekkekuttu MCBS

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Eliya Sleeva Moosakalam 3rd Sunday, Vachana Vichinthanam

Posted by Fr Nelson MCBS on September 20, 2014

Homiletikos

 Eliya Sleeva Moosakalam Third Sunday

എലിയാ സ്ളീവ മൂശാക്കാലം മൂന്നാം ഞായർ

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Eliya Sleeva Moosakalam 3rd Sunday, Malayalam Homily PDF, Emmaus Vachanadooth

Posted by Fr Nelson MCBS on September 20, 2014

Emmaus Vachanam

Eliya Sleeva Moosakalam Third Sunday

എലിയാ സ്ളീവ മൂശാക്കാലം മൂന്നാം ഞായർ

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Mar Ephrem Nariculam, Bishop of Chanda Diocese

Posted by Fr Nelson MCBS on September 20, 2014

MAR EPHREM NARICULAM

Mar Ephrem Nariculam, Bishop of Chanda Diocese

Mar Ephrem Nariculam  was born on 10 December 1960 at Nayarambalam in the Archeparchy of Ernakulam-Angamaly as the son of Late Thomas and Late Thresia Nariculam.  Having completed his school education at St. George Vadel and Bhagavathivilasam School, Nayarambalam, Fr. Ephrem joined the Minor Seminary of the Archeparchy of Ernakulam-Angamaly.  He completed his Philosophical studies in Sacred Heart Seminary, Poonamally and Theological studies in St. Joseph’s Seminary, Mangalapuram.  He was ordained priest by Cardinal Antony Padiyara on 27 December 1986.  After ordination he served as Assistant Parish priest in Kanjoor, Koratty and Ernakulam Basilica and as Assistant Chaplain in the Delhi Syro-Malabar Mission and later as Rector of the Minor Seminary of Chanda.  He secured B.A. in English Literature from Kerala University, B.Th. from the Urban University, Rome and Masters in Inter-religious Dialogue from Vidya Jyothi, Delhi and Doctorate in Theology from the Indian Institute of Spirituality, Bangalore.  Fr. Ephrem was a visiting professor in the Major Seminaries of Nagpur and Vadavathoor and from 2007 onwards he was serving as Professor in the St. Augustine’s Faculty of Theology of Toronto University, Canada where he received his appointment as Bishop of Chanda.  He is also serving as the spiritual father, priestly formation coordinator of the seminarians as well as Chaplain of the Permanent Deacons’ Theology Programme in St. Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto, Canada.  For brief period he has also served as parish priest in the Syro-Malabar parish in Toronto.  In 2000, he took a diploma in priestly formation from the Regina Apostolorum University, Rome.  He has conducted many retreats in English and Malayalam in many parishes in Canada and the US.  He has published some articles in English and has been a constant contributor to Ephatha, the publication of Toronto Syro-Malabar Parish.  Fr. Antony Nariculam, Rector, Pontifical Seminary, Mangalapuzha and Sr. Sherly SMI who is working in Guwahathi, Kochutheresia, Poulose, Josukutty, Marykunju, Aathappan, Kunjumol, Elsamma are his siblings.  Two of his siblings, Alice and Vakkachan passed away a few years ago.

A Biographical Sketch (Prior to his Election)

Current Address
Designation:
Address: St. Augustine’s Seminary of Toronto, 2661 Kingston Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1M 1M3, CANADA
Phone: 001-416 261 7207, 7200, 7208, 7209 (Extension: 274)
Born 10.12.1960, Nayarambalam
Mobile Phone
Email nariculam@yahoo.com
Native Parish Sanjopuram
Feast Day St.Ephrem, June-9
Ordination 27.12.1986, by Cardinal Antony Padiyara
Parents Thomas & Thresiamma
Brothers & Sisters Alice, Kochythresia, Sr. Shirly SMI, Fr. Antony, Paulose, Jose, Mary, Augustine, Varghese, Kunjumol, Elsamma
Home Address Nariculam (H), Nayarambalam P.O. 682 509 Tel: 0484- 2494849
Education
Seminary Minor Seminary(1976-79), Philosophy – Poonamallee (1979-81), Theology – Mangalore (1982-86)
Higher Education B.A. Eng., M.Th. – Vidya Jyothi, Delhi, Doctorate in Spirituality, St. Peter’s Bangalore. Doctoral Thesis: “Spirituality of Parish Priests in the Pluralistic Context of India”
Other
Ministry
Parishes Asst.Kanjoor (1987), Asst.Koratty (1988), Asst.Basilica (1989), Madakkal (1990-92), Thabore (2004-07)
Institutions Asst.Chaplain – Syro Malabar Catholics in Delhi (1992-95), Rector – Diocesan Minor Seminary Chanda (1995-02), Professor, St. Augustine Seminary, Toronto, Canada (2007-)
Publications
Offices

MAR EPHREM NARICULAM with Bishops

Invitation to Episcopal Ordination

Invitation to Episcopal Ordination of Bp. Ephrem Nriculam

New: Indian Exress

KOCHI: Fr Ephrem Nariculam, a native of Nayarambalam, has been appointed bishop of the Diocese of Chanda in Maharashtra.

Since 2007, Fr Ephrem has been serving as a professor at the St Augustine’s Faculty of Theology at the Toronto University, Canada.

Ephrem Nariculam

The announcement of the appointment was made at Vatican; at the Major Archiepiscopal Curia, Mount St Thomas, Kakkanad; and the Bishop’s House at Chanda at the same time on Thursday.

The appointment follows the acceptance of the resignation of Bishop Vijay Anand Nedumpuram CMI, the present Bishop of Chanda, at the age of 75.   The bishop-elect is son of the late Thomas and late Thresia Nariculam of Nayarambalam, under the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly. He was born on December 10, 1960.

He completed his philosophical studies at the Sacred Heart Seminary, Poonamally, and theological studies at the St Joseph’s Seminary, Mangalore.

He was ordained a priest by Cardinal Antony Padiyara on December 27, 1986. Then, Fr Ephrem served as assistant parish priest at the Kanjoor, Koratty and Ernakulam basilicas, and as assistant chaplain at the Delhi Syro-Malabar Mission. Later, he served as rector of the Minor Seminary of Chanda.

He secured BA in English Literature from Kerala University, BTh  from Urban University, Rome, and Masters in Inter-religious Dialogue from the Vidya Jyothi, Delhi.

He was awarded Doctorate in Theology by the Indian Institute of Spirituality, Bangalore. He also served as a  visiting professor at the major seminaries of Nagpur and Vadavathoor.  The diocese  of Chanda  comprises the civil districts various districts in Andhra Pradesh.

FR EPHREM NARICULAM

Meanwhile,  Archbishop of Bangalore Bernard Moras appointed Fr Mathew Koikkara CMI as the episcopal vicar for the Syro-Malabar Faithful at the Archdiocese of Bangalore. Fr Koikkara  is currently serving as a member of the College of Consultors to the Archbishop of Bangalore.  He is the son of the late Joseph Koikkara and Thressiamma Joseph of Olanadu. He joined the CMI congregation in 1967 and was ordained priest in 1979. He has served as vicar of the St Thomas Forane Parish Dharmaram, Bangalore. Later, Fr Mathew was elected dean of the St Thomas Deanery Bangalore.

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