Greetings to all
Sorry for a late response for an old mail from Mr. Lijo on 3rd
March. I just wanted to highlight the fact that it is not the Sunday
school syllabus to be changed but our own reading habits.
If we were to stop our learning from what we learn from the schools
or colleges we will never achieve anything in life, but have to
update/ upgrade your knowledge each and every day. We can never
study all the church history from Sunday school alone. We can never
understand the mysteries just from our Sunday school days. This
should give you only a right base or right path the think which
needed to be enhanced by continuous reading. It is worthwhile for
all of us to think about it.
Let me just share with you all two thoughts. First one did happen a
couple of months back in SOCM forum itself. On of our respected
priests was informing about the reprinting of one of his works with
a footnote if he is not able to get an order of 1000 copies
beforehand, it will not be printed." Isn't it a big shame for all of
us? A thousand copies cannot be sold among half a million population
of SOC members?
Secondly most of us know that our Very Respected Malpan,
Kaniamparambil achen is an author of over 90 books. How many each of
us have read them other than the regular prayer books and the
Visudhagrandham? I shamefully admit that I got the opportunity to
read just 2 books.
Recently in Visvasasamrakshakan we saw the inauguration of a book
shop in Puthenkurish Partriarchal Centre. Why we don't have a book
shop in every diocese head quarters? Why we don't have a book shop
in every major church? Why don't we think of having a library of all
these books in each parish? Enhance the availability of these great
books and every metropolitan and priests have to actively promote to
all our SOC to encourage reading among all the members. The youth
associations will have a major role to play in this. We have to
learn many things from other denominations who do handle all these
very efficiently. To my knowledge it was our own Valiya Thirumeni a
hundred years back started the youth association in the name of "Mar
Gregorious" with a great vision. It is worthwhile for us to think
whether we did justice to the extent the saintly father dreamed of
With the advent of electronic media we did improve a lot because of
the wholehearted and dedicated works of a few members of our church
(which reaches only a minority even), compared to the dark days of
twisted versions of facts by Manorama and teachings of few others.
But still we need to go a long way which is only possible through
enhancing the knowledge of all our members in every regard for which
reading is only medicine.
May God bless us all.
Shinu Jesus Abraham
Member ID # 2908
--- In SOCM-FORUM@yahoogroups.com, Lijo Mathew wrote:
> Dear Mr.Paul,
> What you said is exactly right, because most of our youngsters are
not aware of the history of the church and what exactly the reason
which resulted in the split of the church. We must give additional
importance in teaching the history of our church to the new
generation through Sunday Schools. I think the present syllabus is
not enough for this.
> Lijo Mathew Kavunkal
> # 3090