Tuesday, May 29, 2012

BIS #2949 PROVINCIAL HOUSE INAUGURATES LABYRINTH PRAYER GARDEN

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BOSCO INFORMATION SERVICE #2949


PROVINCIAL HOUSE INAUGURATES LABYRINTH PRAYER GARDEN

Fr. Glenford Lowe sdb

MATUNGA, MAY 29, 2012: A new Labyrinth Prayer Garden at Provincial House was blessed this morning by Fr. Michael Fernandes, Provincial of the Mumbai Province in the presence of the entire Salesian Community. Fr. Ian Doulton, Rector of the community officially inaugurated the Prayer Garden and welcomed one and all to use this eco-friendly setting to get closer to one's self, others, and God.


The Labyrinth Prayer Garden is creatively designed with an 'Inward Journey' and an 'Outer Journey'. During this journey, the pilgrim is invited to reflect on various aspects of one's journey and to respond personally in a renewed way of life. The Garden, with a very natural setting, challenges the pilgrim to meditate as they walk on themes like: The Stress and Worry of Everyday Life, the need to 'Forgive and be Forgiven' Finding one's 'True North' Principles versus the Distractions of Life, Dwelling in the Awareness of God's Loving Presence, Appreciating one's Inner Self rather than the mere Appearance of Self, the invitation to Enhance Life and Promote a 'Culture of Life', to be a 'Prayerful Blessing' in the lives of People, and finally to 'Leave behind a Legacy and a Gospel-Footprint '.


The Labyrinth Prayer Garden will be open to people of all faiths and age groups. It is specifically designed for the young, members of the Salesian family, pilgrims to the Shrine and will also be open to all parish groups especially those preparing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Pilgrims on this journey will be given a prayer booklet to enable them to reflect on the various stages along the way. The entire journey would take an hour and a half to complete. 'Silence' all through the journey is required. At any given moment, the garden can accommodate about thirty pilgrims.


Fr. Fernandes, Provincial thanked all those responsible for setting up this Prayer Garden and hoped that many more communities in the province would create such Prayer gardens to enable our young people to become more prayerful, serene and reflective.


BOSCO INFORMATION SERVICE (BIS) MUMBAI

Don Bosco Provincial House,
Matunga, Mumbai - 400 019. INDIA
Email: bis@donboscomumbai.org
 

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