Why are we searching for happiness again and again, but do not make good decisions to find it?
At a time when the world is going through a deep crisis and many people are disillusioned, “Wise and Strong” offers soul-nourishing insights on how to live our life conscientiously and joyfully. Setting aside the myth that wisdom is the privilege of a few individuals, the book illustrates in simple steps that it is for everyone who desires and chooses God above all else, and reaches out to fellow humans in compassion. Each reflection in this beautifully written text reaches deep into our lives because the struggles and dilemmas of modern life — from handling of anger, envy, inferiority complex, addictions, relationship breakdowns and social media to building up a world of peace and justice — are sympathetically portrayed and examined in the light of the Gospel of Jesus to infuse fresh energies of resilience and hope.
The “Don Bosco College” in Mannuthy has brought about a series of events under the “WE CARE” project. It involved helping the Flood affected people from 2018 and 2019, going out of the way and becoming Covid Warriors during Pandemic and amidst all that held International Webinar on the theme including the excluded. “Our priority to take sides with the sidelined and go with the "Last the Least and the Lost" has seen Academic interventions as it is an IUS” Fr Raju Chakkanattu, Principal of the “Don Bosco College”, explains.
The book is part of the “We care series”, an initiative of Don Bosco College, Mannuthy, Kerala, India, (INK Province) envisioning its social commitment towards this generation and the next. “‘We believe in words creating miracles and in wonders inspiring action. The other is our neighbour, and we do care’” Fr Chakkanattu Raju, SDB, the author, say.
The book, Pathways to Fraternity, edited by Salesian Fathers Jesu Pudumai Doss, Sahayadas Fernando, Maria Charles Antonysamy attempts to offer reflections to the educators and mentors of the young, so that they are able to help the young in today’s India to gauge the real situation in India, such as the personal, ecclesial, social, cultural, political circumstances that foster or hinder fraternity. Based on the inspirations from the Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis, the different papers in this book aim at presenting concrete Pathways to Fraternity, so that the guides and mentors of the young are able to effectively educate the young in the light of ‘Fratelli Tutti’!
The nineteen articles in this book, which present a multifaceted view of the “Pathways to Fraternity”, could well be grouped into four broad categories. The first group of 8 articles delves into some general challenges, such as in the philosophical, moral, religious, social, legal, economic and ecological spheres, of educating the Indian youth towards fraternity. The second group of 5 articles presents various educational methodologies and processes to enable fraternity, with a special focus on the pedagogical, intercultural, psychological and catechetical approaches. The third part includes the 2 articles that discuss specialcategories of people, such as migrants and women. In the last part, one may include the 4 best practices that one gathers from lived experiences of the NGOs, especially in their work with youth-at-risk and refugees.