03/03/2015, 00.00
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In India, the Pious Disciples of the Divine Master beat indifference through worship

by Nirmala Carvalho
The congregation has many chapels across the country, all open to Hindus, Muslims and Christians. During her fraternal visit, the Pauline superior general found a growing and developing nation. It is important not to lose from sight that 'Atithi Devo Bhav', the guest is God. We should regain the ability to share not only material goods, but also time and space.

Mumbai (AsiaNews) - Sister Maria Regina Cesarato, superior general of the Pauline Congregation, said that that the battle against the "globalisation of indifference," which is the main thrust in Pope Francis' Lent message, calls on "the Pious Disciples of the Divine Master to be witnesses of inclusion. Our response is in our chapels of worship, which are an oasis of peace and inclusion, a refuge of love and acceptance, in which we do not differentiate between Hindus, Muslims or Christians."

"This is my fourth time in India," Sister Maria Regina told AsiaNews. "It is has been a joy for me to see the growth and development of this country as well as the beauty and nature of its people."

The Pauline superior general is currently in the Asian country with two fellow nuns. "As Pious Disciples of the Divine Master, we are called to be 'a kind of mediator,' this Year of the consecrated life," she said. "We have the charisma of communication: communicating God through the beauty of the liturgy, true love and solidarity."

In order to show this, "we must remember that our mission is to serve others and honour God through prayer, bringing him closer to the people not only in India, but all over the world," she added.

"Through our chapels, which are open to everyone in India, we can bring hope to the poor by giving people dignity, the dignity of baptismal reality, of being children of God, even to those who are not baptised. Since Christ is the beauty that has changed the world, the more people we help understand dignity, the more we can change the world."

During her stay in India, Sister Maria Regina took part in a cultural event in which students presented their traditional culture with music, songs and dances.

"With this event," the nun said, "we celebrated the beauty of diversity in every culture. Not all the families were Christian. They came from different backgrounds; yet, they were together. Everyone felt at home and told us that, whenever they eneter one of our chapels, they feel at ease."

According to Indian tradition, Atithi Devo Bhav, 'the guest is God,' said the superior general. "It is essential not to lose this dimension. Politics and economics are not the only dimensions. Today we are going through a crisis economic because of a broader crisis of values. We must regain the ability to share, not only our material goods, but also our time and space."

Blessed James (Giacomo) Alberione created the Pious Disciples of the Divine Master in 1924. In 1958, the pope established the Solemnity of Jesus the Divine Master, as the founder had wanted.

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