From: Leena Padam, SCN
Thousands of people from both Archdioceses of Patna and Ranchi flocked to seek the grace of God through the intercession of Mary our Mother. “God made all things for us in this universe with love. “Today, God called us to this pilgrimage center of Mother Mary in order that we may believe that we are blessed”, said Most Rev. Archbishop William D’Souza, S.J. on the feast of ‘Mother of Divine Grace’ at Mokama.
A Hindu local leader from Patna alone booked thirty buses from Patna to Mokama carrying devotees. The entire mission campus was packed with many of vehicles.
Every year, on the first Sunday of February, people come with many aspirations to get healed. A decade ago, the healing Mass was started just for a couple of seriously ill people. Today, the healing Mass is one of the major event that attract a large number of people from all faiths, the religious women/men and priests. It is a testimony to our collective faith. “If we want to be healed and desire it personally and collectively God will fulfill our wish”, said the Archbishop.
Faith is the foundation of our Christian existence which gives us the impetus to move forward in life. We must recognise, know and see the face of God in our neighbor around us. Therefore, at the beginning of the healing Mass, Archbishop asked the faithful to look into the face of the person next to each other to see the face of God and to pray for each other.
Many people witnessed that they received healing for minor illnesses and thanked God for the same. As members of one family, pray for all the people of this universe for healing continuously, said Archbishop.
Bishop of Buxar, Rev. Bishop Sebastian Kallupura, the main celebrant of the main Mass, said that if we walk with Mary our Mother we are sure to find the right path leading to God. Since we have devotion to Mother Mary we pray through the intercession of Mary but we do not worship Mary. Our worship belongs to God alone. Our aim in life should be to bring about universal brotherhood/sisterhood in order to change and make the world a better place to live.
The eight days of novena and, other preparations leading to the final celebration revealed the integrity of contemplation, commitment and collaboration which the recent Eastern Province Assembly called us forth. From the Golden Jubilarian to first year novices were found praying over devotees, singing, planning, leading prayers and taking care of the hospitality at the parish house spoke volumes about SCN involvement in the church activities. It’s very encouraging to see that we are taking our rightful place in the church starting from our own Mother House, Mokama at the feet of Mary our Mother. May Mary continue to intercede for us in our quest for contemplation, commitment and collaboration.