The Gift of Fiction

“I am happy to present Robert Falzon’s book, The Gift of Fiction. It is a beautiful and creative proposal for exploiting the spiritual potential of non-religious fiction – a real gift to all those involved in ministering to young adults. The affirmation of continuity between non-religious fiction and spiritual growth is exciting for anyone involved in ministry in a postmodern and secularized world. Non-religious fiction, as Robert affirms, is really about life. In a world that has been redeemed, life – all of it – is where we can expect to find God’s footprints. […] I come back to The Gift of Fiction to say thank you to Robert for this lovely and gentle new opening in youth ministry in a world that is sometimes brave and often also bleak, but that is in fact ‘charged with the grandeur of God.’” Fr. Ivo Coelho SDB – General Councillor for Formation, in the Foreword of the book.

Fr Pascual Chávez Villanueva needs no introduction. This book is an anthology of talks and papers given on different occasions and to different assemblies or readers on the constant change that Religious Life has been going through and is still experiencing. These reflections have been now translated into English from the original Italian or Spanish and put together and made available to all persons in Religious Life, especially those who are English-speaking.

Editorial decisions were not taken just for the sake of style in itself. Rather, they were taken in line with the awareness of the true “kairòs” moment that Religious Life is in according to Fr Chávez, and which he instilled in his original audience. It is hoped that such awareness is also instilled in the readers of the present book.

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 Ousted: Embracing the Marginal

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.

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