Last month, I wrote the following Konkani article for the 3rd quarterly magazine – ‘San Miguelicho Avaz’ of Anjuna Church. I thought I would share it with you all. Rough English translation follows the Konkani version.
Dev borem korunv,
Bhogsonnem mhunnchem kitem? Bhogsonnem mhunnchem tuzo rag ani vingasan bhôrlelim ragachim chintnam pois kôrun tujea ontoskornank xanti divop. Tuka konneim dukhoila zalear tacho rag ani kôddsan tujea jivitan sasnnank urta. Zôrui tum taka bhôgxinam zalear tujem jivit bhôv kôttin zavnk pavta. Punn zôrui tum bhogsonneank veng marxi, tuje môntintlo rag ani vingans bhair uddôvn xantikaiek, bhorvanxeak ani khuxealkaiek veng marunk zata. Thoddeach utramnim, bhogsonnem tujem jivit sudraita, tujea dusmana thaim sômzikaiechim bhavnnam utpôn kôrta ani tuka khuxeal dôvôrta.
Peleak bhôgxilear tacho adav mellta? Hoi. Peleak bhôgxilear amchem dusmanponn nôpoit zavn kaklutik, doiallponnank ani somadanank vatt melltta. Bhogsonnean, pelea sovem amchi soirigôt vaddtta, otmeanchem xaxtr sudorta, amche uske unnem zavn zoddai koddsorta. Ragan ani dusmankaiean, amchea rogtacho toddako vô blood pressure vaddtta to nemancho vô normal zata; amchea upodreanchim khunnam unnim zavn viddi voddop ani soro pivopui unnem zata.
Kristanvank kumsaracho sakrament ghôddun dovorla zache vôrvim amkam patkanchem bhogsonnem mellta. Punn ami pôrtun tem/tim patok/patkam adarunk favona; tednanch ki amkam bhogsonnem mellonk xeokta.
Jezuchea sangata dogam chorank khursar marlelet. Uzveak aslelea choran Jezu lagim maglem: “Saiba, sorgar pavtôch mhôzoi ugddas kôr”. Jezun taka tednanch bhôgxilo ani sanglem: “Mhôjea Bapa bôrôbor uzveak tunvuim boson astôloi.”
Bhogsonnem kitlem gôrjechem tem dakôll kôrunk Jezu oxem sangta: “Zôrui tum Misachem bôlidan bhettoita ani tuka ugddas ieta tujea peleak tuvem vaitt kelam vô tache lagim uloinam tacho, tujem bôlidan thuinch sôdd ani vochon poilo tujea peleak bhôgos; tednanch ki tujem bôlidan Devak mandtelem”.
Sôrgest Pap Saib John Paul II hannem apnnacher sabar bôndukache far marun zôkmi kelelea Mehmet Ali Ağca-k, bondkhônnint vochon bhôgxilo. Ekdom vhôdd kôrni hi! Hakach lagon to Pap Saib jivo astannach lôk taka ‘jivo sant’ mhunn pachartalet. Aiz-kalchea sonvsarant oxem ami kôrtanv kai? Jezun amkam xikoilam: “eka polear marlear dusroi polo di”. Punn oxem kôrche bôdlek ami peleachi akkich kudd khun kôrun marun uddoitanv!
Bhogsonnem ek bolladik hatiar zatun amchea ontoskornank xantikai mellonk xeokta. Zaite pavtt ami amchea kallzant dusmankai ani niddukai utpôn kôrtanv eka pelea sovem zannem amkam okman keleat vô dukoileat. Osle okman ani nôixtt amchea jivitant ekuch pavtt ghoddttat punn ami tancho bogor-bogor ugddas kôrun tankam amchea bhitôr posit ravtanv zaka lagon amchi nid pirdear zata, amchea bhanddeak kivonn vô ulcer poddtta, adi.
Peleachi munsubi kôrunk amkam ôdhikar nam; ho ôdhikar fokot rôchnnar Devak asa; Devacher thir bhavart dôvor; Toch, amkam dukoiteleachi munsubi kôrtolo. Dekun tum tujea peleak bhôgos, adarlelim kortubam visor ani mogan jie. Peleak dilear ani bhôgxilear amcho môg vaddttolo. Sodankal Misak gelear, ghorant ters rozar kelear ani “Sômia, Sômia” mhuttlear munis sorgar pavonam. Ami amchea peleak bhôgsunk zai; tednanch ki amkam sôrg favo zatolo.
Jesus gave us the prayer “Our Father”, which we recite daily. Some of the words of the second part of the prayer are:
Nearly everyone feels hurt by the actions or words of others. Perhaps your parents criticized your parenting skills, your colleague sabotaged a project or your partner had an affair. These wounds can leave you with lasting feelings of anger, bitterness or even vengeance – but if you don’t practice forgiveness, you might be the one to pay dearly.
For Christians, there is the Sacrament of Confession through which sins are absolved. As Catholics, we must know that forgiveness comes after the sin has been confessed and one is determined not to commit the sin again.
Along with Jesus two notorious thieves were also crucified. The one on the right said to Jesus, “Lord, when in heaven, please remember me.” Jesus forgave him instantly and said, “You, too, shall be seated to the right of my Father.”
In order to tell us how important forgiveness is, Jesus says: “If you are offering a Mass, and if you remember that you have hurt your neighbour or if you are not in talking terms with him, leave the service, go to your neighbour and forgive him; only then will your offering be acceptable to God.”
Mehmet Ali Ağca shot the late Pope Paul II several times and injured him severely. Instead of favouring punishment to Mehmet, the Pope went to his prison cell and forgave him. What a great act! This is why people addressed him as ‘a living saint’ while he was still alive. Do we follow his example? Jesus has taught us (Luke 6:29), “If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also.” Instead of doing that we get rid of the whole body by murdering that person!
Forgiveness is the most powerful aid to peace of mind. We often develop ill-feelings inside our heart for the person who insults us or harms us. We nurture grievances. This in turn results in loss of sleep, development of stomach ulcers, and high blood pressure. This insult or injury was done once, but nourishing of grievance goes on forever by constantly remembering it.
We have no right to judge others; only God the Creator has that right. Trust in God and He will do justice unto the one who hurt you. Just forget your neighbour’s bad deeds and live in peace and harmony. If you give (love) and forgive your neighbour, love will blossom. Going to Church every day and offering Mass does not ensure us heaven nor by saying the rosary in the house daily nor by beating our chest and calling out loudly “Lord, Lord!” We have to forgive our neighbour; only then we shall be able to win the Kingdom of Heaven!
Gaumvaddi, Anjuna, Goa
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