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May I have such a Lent once again....?
Think of lent and à la mode over shadows your face. And yes, automatically you are led to a kind of spiritual ovum. Perhaps lent meant to say sacrifices, mortification, and bizarre to the daily causal life. Lent is also a unique event to remember and commemorate the suffering and death of our Lord - Jesus Christ. This tradition has come down the ages and there is no age bar to facilitate oneself to this pious devotion. Hence, way of the cross is the most loved spiritual act that the young and the old would like to refer and pray with and be led oneself to a beautiful spiritual devotion. Those lovely hymns brought down the end days of man with the rhyme toned 'Papiya re Nirbhagya..'.
Christian student when studying in Mary knoll
surely has experienced the lent in a special way. This devotion of the
'way of the cross' in the afternoon lunch break hours was a moment of
prayer, joy and often it ended up as an entertainment too. During the
lent, one thing one would do is to empty the tiffin, and rush to the
church which is almost 1,200 Mts away from the school and be present for
the next period. It was a midday hour when all ate either their home
cooking carried in the tiffin box. After washing the tiffins, later
every one rushed to the church to begin the way of the cross. On the
way at times, we kept the phase one over the other, ek se bad kar ek,
and saw that
I trace back my
memory when almost all catholic students including some few Govinda and
his brother Champa joined the cross bearers. The way of the cross prayer
books were available at the foot of the Saints statues. Where as Mother
Mary's portrait had most but with half and three fourth pages which
while reading the reader kept silence and rest understood that the pages
are missing. The semi good books were in old good condition were very
very few which the first ones who reached first would use them. And if
Our intention was
good as children and these funs were inevitable as we were semi serious
then only. On Fridays we never ate in the afternoon. But ate the Mangoes
in the church and mangoes from the school campus. Itthi master with his
iron rod? (folding pen) visited us with his disco divane lungi in one
hand and the pen in the other. He was considerate but we were
disciplined. Milli Bai always kept us
One day it so
happened that while praying the way of the cross, one sneezed and the
flower pot came on him. The other girls praying engaged themselves in
laughing, till they tilted their head and found themselves in the
cemetery. Boys thought they must be worshiping the cemetery crosses. One
happened to ask me and I gave the same reply saying that, 'today they
offer the way of the cross for the intension of the dead'. My holy Joe
companions were Pinya D' Souza, Kinya Gonsalves, Yanka D' Souza, Paru
Picardo, Ammani Sequiera, Juz Pinto, Poz Almeida, Paddu martis, Rukka
D'Souza, and our hero Koieh D'Souza from Pandeshwar. He had a loud voice
and a shark's brain. He would anticipate the teacher what she is to
All those days we prayed the way of the cross was remembered by me and it has its own spirituality. Though small we were still loved it to happen and occur as the days pass by. I imagine those moments and laugh at it today, but that was the spirituality, which enables our source of strength of our life today and days to come. Nowadays in the schools and in the children when I see such habits are gone by, I feel sad about it. Do our same school children do the same today? I do not know.
Can I have such a Way of the cross of lent once again today...? Yes I do have it daily but in different and new way but with the same spirituality.
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