The Word of God – Family Life Today – Paper by Fr. Clifford Castelino
presented for the ALL INDIA BIBLICAL CONSULTATION CUM SEMINAR titled ” Word of God, Source of Life in the Family” on the second day (24th Nov 2016) at St. Joseph Vaz Spiritual Centre, Old Goa
The Diocesan Family Service Centre in collaboration with St. Xavier’s Higher Secondary School, Mapusa organized a Pro-life seminar “God: Source of life. Preserve, Protect & Defend” on 21st August 2015. It was attended by the teachers and few selected students of 13 Higher Secondary Schools of North Goa.
The Principal of St. Xavier’s Higher Secondary School, Dr. Elvis Gonsalves introduced the Chief Guest, Mrs. Marina Monteiro and resource persons, Fr. Kennet Teles, Dr. Rupali Vernekar and Mr. and Mrs. Herman Pereira. The Chief Guest, Mrs. Marina Monteiro spoke briefly on Pro-Life and shared her own personal experiences.
The seminar began with Fr. Teles highlighting the essence of life. He said life is a precious gift of God and we are created in His own image. A human body is a beautiful creation of God put together. Through creation we co-operate with God. Life is sacred. Unlike animals, we have our own mind and will to discern. Our bodies are the visible images of an invisible God. He focused on Rights to Human Life and Laws against Human Life. He highlighted how there are laws which protect animal life but are not so protective of human life. For example, killing a frog results in jail, but killing human life results in bail. He also emphasized that all religions do not support abortion. The enormous rates of abortions were also highlighted. Fr. Kennet also spoke about the culture of death, its symptoms and fruits, areas to defend the culture of life through promotion of agape love, maternity, fatherhood, chastity etc.
During the second session on Family Planning, Dr. Rupali Vernekar spoke about contraception. The use of various contraceptives such as condoms, birth control pills, Copper T, Female sterilization, Vasectomy, Natural Methods of contraception – the advantages and disadvantages. She described the methods of Natural Family Planning (NFP) and various STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections). She spoke on the symptoms of STI’s in males and females and highlighted HIV as a killer disease. Dr. Rupali ended on the need to stop worrying, fight stress and live a healthy life.
Mr. and Mrs. Herman Pereira enlightened us on how in these modern times, one can still raise a large family. “Where there is a will, there is a way of life”.
The Seminar ended with a group discussion among the participants on the following questions:
- Mention top five reasons as to why parents are having fewer children and suggestions to overcome these reasons thereof?
- What could be the consequences (positive and negative) of Demographic decline in the near future in Goa/India?
- What are the pros and cons of having a large family?
- Suggest ways and means that the media can bring about more awareness on chaste behaviour.
- Do you think the government should offer contraceptive choice instead of chastity education to adolescents through the Yuva Clinics at Primary Health Centre’s in Goa? Yes/No…Why?
- Suggest ways and means by which the government can encourage more births.
Common Question: How would I as an individual (in the family, friend circle, staff members, school, village, society etc..) respond to this challenge of Preserving, Protecting and Defending life?
After reporting from the groups the gathering finalized a mission statement to carry forward the message that God is the Source of Life. We have to Preserve, Protect & Defend it at all costs.
WE THE MEMBERS OF PRO-LIFE IN HIGHER SECONDARY EDUCATIOAL INSTITUTIONS, IN RESPONSE TO THE VALUES AND CULTURE OF LIFE, COMMIT OURSELVES TO PRAYER, EDUCATION AND ACTION IN DEFENSE OF LIFE.
IT IS OUR MISSION TO FOSTER IN OUR EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS THE DIGNITY AND SANCTITY OF ALL HUMAN LIFE, FROM CONCEPTION TO NATURAL DEATH AND TO CREATE AN AWARENESS OF THE SAME.
WE ARE DEDICATED TO OBSERVING AND PROMOTING CULTURE OF LIFE AND WE DENOUNCE CONTRACEPTION, ABORTION, EUTHANASIA, INFANTICIDE, SUICIDE AND CLONING.
1st July 2014
Dear Heads of Schools/Higher Secondaries/Colleges,
As you are aware, World Population Day is observed around the world on the 11th of July every year to bring awareness about the so called Population explosion and the issues related to the same. But is there an actual population explosion? Are the resources of the world getting exhausted due to the so called ‘ever increasing population’?
The reality is totally different. In fact the Total fertility rate (TFR: average number of children that will be born to a woman in that particular geographical area) and the Growth rate (GR) in most parts of the world have plummeted down to such an extent that from now on it seems near to impossible to even maintain the existing population. To replace our population we require a TFR of at least 2.1. In India it is 2.4 (2012) while in Goa it is 1.6 (2013). In the recent past we had our H’ble CM lamenting on this fact on the floor of the Legislative Assembly. Continue reading
I. CHAPLET OF THE UNBORN
Chaplet consists of 5 Sets – one Our Father and three
Hail Marys. Pray each set for the following intentions:
Set 1 – The recognition by all
creates human life at the moment of
Set 2 – An end to all legalized abortion.
Set 3 – For all expectant mothers – that they
value the precious life within them.
Set 4 – The conviction of conscience in the
Truth for anyone considering
Set 5 – An inner healing for all who have
been involved in any way with
Mothers and Fathers; Health Caregivers;
Legislators; Those who, in their
thoughts, words, actions or lack of
action, have supported abortion.
At the end, say the following prayer:
Heavenly Father, please forgive this
generation for the arrogance of abortion.
Heal the many wounds abortion has
caused in our hearts, in the world and
in our relationship with You. Unite us in
the Truth. Amen.
(Blessed Mother 03/24/13)
PROMISES OF PRAYING
THE CHAPLET OF THE UNBORN
• Every time the Chaplet is prayed from the heart,
some soul contemplating abortion will have a
change of heart.
• Each time the Chaplet is prayed from the heart,
some soul will be reconciled with the Truth of
what abortion really is – the taking of a life.”
• The Chaplet is a means of reconciliation between
the heart of man and the Heart of God, which is
so greatly wounded by the sin of abortion.
(Blessed Mother 03/25/13)
HOLY LOVE MINISTRIES
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