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Francis Gonsalves

Mystic Mantra - Hand-in-hand: Equal, enlightened, empowered

IWD 2020 is special since it marks the 25th anniversary of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

07 Mar 2020 7:14 AM

Mystic Mantra: Don’t change channels, be a channel

Striving for justice is not political activism; rather, it’s daridra Narayan seva: service to God in the poor.

20 Feb 2020 2:25 AM

Mystic Mantra: God, our Father, who sets us free

God is regarded as “Father” in some religious traditions, mainly Judaism and Christianity.

08 Feb 2020 3:19 AM

Mystic Mantra: Seeking harmony in being humane

Catholics versus Protestants; Shias versus Sunnis; one sect or panth against another, and so on.

23 Jan 2020 1:54 AM

Mystic Mantra: Choose to bloom rather than to survive

At a basic level, plants symbolise life.

09 Jan 2020 1:20 AM

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Mystic Mantra: When God came down to be counted as citizen

She is betrothed to carpenter Joseph, who is forced to rush to Bethlehem, his janmabhoomi, to enrol himself and his family into government records.

25 Dec 2019 2:25 AM

Mystic Mantra: Can’t each of us see God and be God in loving and saving others?

Seeking to capitalise from every crisis, politicians begin blaming each other.

12 Dec 2019 1:23 AM

Mystic Mantra: Strive to be go-givers, not just go-getters

Trees give fruits, hens hatch eggs, animals give milk and the fields birth rich harvests.

03 Dec 2019 4:28 AM

Mystic Mantra: Children’s Day–Celebrate the child within you

The love and care received during childhood makes them develop a healthy sense of self and security, reaping lifelong benefits.

14 Nov 2019 1:37 AM

Mystic Mantra: Face your world with a smile

Your face is your passport to enter into people’s lives.

31 Oct 2019 12:18 AM

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Mystic Mantra: Strive to discover the self beyond selfies

The “public self” or “external me” is all-important for many, today.

17 Oct 2019 5:59 AM

Mystic Mantra: We’d do well to be wiser than King Solomon

The sad circumstances of his birth notwithstanding, Solomon grows up, humble, with phenomenal intellect and intuition.

03 Oct 2019 1:39 AM

Mystic Mantra: Greta Thunberg ‘walks the talk’ on climate change

She’s what medicos call someone with “special needs” — suffering from learning disabilities.

19 Sep 2019 1:32 AM

Mystic Mantra: Thanks a million, dear teachers!

The qualities that I’ve admired in my teachers can be summarised with the alphabets of the word: T-E-A-C-H-E-R.

05 Sep 2019 3:44 AM

Mystic Mantra: ‘To err is human, to forgive, divine’

Sins, wrongdoings and crimes weigh heavily on one’s conscience.

22 Aug 2019 1:42 AM

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Mystic Mantra: How ignorant we are of indigenous wisdom

We know many “-logies” but are often ignorant of the do-or-die down-to-earth wisdom of indigenous peoples.

09 Aug 2019 12:12 AM

Mystic Mantra: Saint James, who became lesser, yet greater

One would normally expect masters to choose disciples who are highly intelligent, charismatic and qualified.

25 Jul 2019 12:46 AM

Mystic Mantra: Support the weakest of our global family

The population explosion can either be seen as an insuperable problem, or as a God-gifted prospect.

11 Jul 2019 7:09 AM

Mystic Mantra: The boundless love from Jesus’ heart

Many religious traditions see the heart as the fount of loving, feeling and doing.

28 Jun 2019 6:30 AM

Mystic Mantra: Saint Anthony, whose tongue was priceless

Saint Anthony is famous worldwide for the recovery of lost articles. Many believers pray to him for lost articles.

13 Jun 2019 3:36 AM

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