BLESSED ALPHONSA

 
BLESSED ALPHONSA

 

SPONTANEOUS OVERFLOW OF DEVOTION

     On 12th October 2008, when Pope Benedict XVI elevates a simple Franciscan nun from Kerala, India, to the rank of saints, it will be a historic event for the 2000 years old church in India.

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By Joe Palathunkal

 

Pilgrimage to the Tomb of Blessed Alphonsa         

      Blessed Alphonsa’s success consists in having whole-heartdly co-operated with God, accepting unconditionally the set of circumstance that it pleased him to assign to her.

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Mar Joseph Kallarangatt Bishop of Palai

 

Blessed Alphonsa’s Message to Us

     Blessed Alphonsa is a great gift God bestowed on our community.  ..... Simplicity of heart is a condition for being in harmony with God.

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Mar joseph Pallikaparampil Bishop

 

To the Presence of the Daughter of Sufferings

    The more we respect Blessed Alphonsa, the more convinced we grow about the salvific value of suffering. The way she faced suffering is an example for the entire Christian World. Most of us look at suffering as an unwelcome cross, which should be avoided at all costs.

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 Fr. Sebastian Kollamparambil

 

A new outlook on life

    What was the cause of this joy in her life? Like a person, an explorer who first and covertly entered the Promised Land that is a land flowing with milk and honey, Blessed Alphonsa has seen this Promised Land, the promised land of eternal life. She could see something beyond this suffering and pain.

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 Fr. George Nedumparambil OFM Cap

 

Being A Christian: A Challenge

      Christians are those who are called to introduce and to present the very life of Christ in the world. They are called to proclaim the Good News or to say ‘Here is Christ’. In other terms, Christians are those who are called to the sacrament of God and of God’s coming community.

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 Fr. Jose Kakkallil

 

Fransiscan Littleness and Humility in Bl. Alphonsa’s life

Alphonsa compared herself to a little bird which is very light and hence can soar high up in the air. She said “Little birds are light and can fly at high speed. Even the flappings of its wings will be noiseless. Like that little sparrow, I too will fly away. When my sacrifice is consumed, my sweet Lord will call me.

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 Sr. Philip Neri F.C.C.

 

 

 

Holy Spirit in the Life of Christ and the Christians

    Earthly mission of Jesus culminates in the passion and death of Jesus. With the resurrection, Jesus achieves a trans-historical form of existence. Jesus’ appearance to the disciples in the closed room shows that risen Jesus had surpassed the space limits. All the resurrection appearances show that Jesus was transcending the limits of space.

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Fr. Sebastian Pullatt MST

The beauty of suffering

     It was the desire of Annamma that Alphonsa should lead a happy married life and she proceeded accordingly but, resolute as she was, she had to retrace her steps. Her foster daughter was more resolute to enter the convent than she was to see her married.

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Mar Joseph Kallarangatt Bishop of Palai

A Life of love

There were sleepless nights due to the violent attack of diseases, there were times of intense sufferings and hardships. There were occasions of blame and accusations. There were moments of misunderstanding and helplessness. She never felt any regret over it since she found an interior happiness in the midest of all these sufferings.

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Sr. Lilly FCC

BL. Alphonsa a Pulsatilla Flower

Pulsatilla or pasque flower is a plant which flowers during the Paschal/Easter season. Its flowers are very beautiful and sweet smelling; they are considered as symbols of deep love and of personal sacrifice for the sake of love. Women who, like the pulsatilla plant, produce ‘flowers’ of dedicated love, self-less service and amiable feminine virtues, such as, goodness, generosity, gentleness, beauty and a constant affectionate disposition, are called "pulsatilla women".

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Fr. George Mangatt

 

I Love

Many among the devotees of Bl.Alphonsa consider that the main factor of her spiritual life is suffering. We Christians are seeking ways and means to eradicate suffering and bring peace and happiness into the world. If suffering is not good and welcome in it self, why do we praise the sufferings of Alphonsa?

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 Sr. Philip Neri F.C.C.

 

The Process of Canonization of  Blessed Alphonsa

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