The Catholic Church celebrates September 8th as the feast of the Nativity (birth) of Mary, the mother of Jesus. In India, the church is also celebrating this day as the girl child day. This is an amazingly beautiful gesture of the church as they want the manifestation of the respect and devotion to Mary to help the people for better treatment of women around us. Just as the Bible would say, we can’t love God without loving the neigbour, we can’t show our respect and devotion to Mary on her birthday without respecting the girl children or the women around us. What are the repeatable possibilities the feast is offering us? There are some insights that I got for me.

  1. As the only child of Joaquim and Anna, Mary was loved and nurtured by them. Are the girl children nurtured and loved at all situations?
  2. Mary’s greatness comes from the great ‘Yes’ she said to God. God called her, “Hail, Full of Grace”.The gaze of God was empowering; it revealed her uniqueness. What about my gaze towards woman? What about my gaze towards other human beings? (I happened to take a class on study skills to 11th standard students. Many were distracted and least interested. (even I would have followed the same for a similar topic in my 11th). But I felt a little irritated. I didn’t show it to them. But my gaze couldn’t capture the potentials of the guys in front of me…)

A Jesuit interested to think and write; Loves philosophy, spirituality, politics…. Believes in God & well-being of all humans… Open to difference & newness..

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