Road Map for the Fullness of Life

Provincial Superior Fr. Soosai Rathinam

GoodShepherdFlowers-sacrd heartIn our Province, we have the joy of entering into the “New Pastoral Year in Asia” which consists of labor, watchfulness, perseverance and self-denial. In “The Cup of our Life”, Joyce Rupp writes, “ A cup is a container for holding something; whatever it holds eventually has to be emptied out so that something more can be put into it, to make room for the new. Therefore, a constant process of emptying and filling, of giving and receiving, of accepting and letting go.” These are the qualities of life in the field of mission, education, and formation that is, “doing the ordinary things extraordinarily well,” and our magic formula is “Imitate, Improve and Innovate” which is the strategy of Japan to become a super power.
Be Proactive: it is the awareness that you are the animator of your life, a strategic thinker, following a plan and anticipating obstacles before they become problems. We are all responsible for our life and actions. Therefore, we need not throw our responsibilities on others without conviction or be carried away by shifting the responsibility for our action to someone else.
Aim for the fullness of life: Pope Francis on May 10, 2014 addressed around 300 thousand people, mostly students, saying, “Let us not steal the love for school; true education makes us love life and opens us to the fullness of life.”
Let us have full FOCUS on our ministry! When it comes to ministry the question shouldn’t be what else can I do? The question should be, what can I do that no one else can do? And what can I do that no one else is doing?
June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart which represents the core of the person, center of all our spiritual activities, and seat of emotions, love and compassion. Therefore “when a heart is inflamed with a heavenly charity, it will certainly work miracles of holy undertakings”- St. Louis Guanella.
Fr. Soosai Rathinam


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