This seminar has shaken my heart and has motivated me to do my best to help my students to “open their eyes for the needs of the poor,” and there are hundreds of people who can tell speak on worldly things but there are very less who can raise the Soul towards God, Mr. and Mrs. Kashif have really guided us well especially at the beginning of Lenten season, said Miss Shazia Yousuf, a teacher from St. Luke’s High School.
On 5th March 2022, Catechetical centre of the Archdiocese of Karachi had conducted a seminar for all the Catechism school teachers of Catholic Board of Karachi, in which about 50 teachers participated, on the topic of “For it is in giving that we receive.”
Both husband and wife, Mr. Kashif Anthony, Coordinator of National Commission for Justice and Peace and renowned motivational speaker on education and youth and Mrs. Mariyam, a teacher from St. Patrick’s boy’s high school and a well known social and human rights activist from Karachi were invited as speakers.
Mr. Kashif asked the teachers to motivate their students to understand the needs of others and to open their eyes for those who are helpless and need their support to uplift their lives. These days of Lent and fast are very important for us all we need to surrender and give our self in the hands of Jesus so we may be blessed and filled with the blessings of God, said Kashif.
Mr. Kashif also quoted the Ash Wednesday’s Homily of His Grace Archbishop Benny Mario Travas, the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Karachi and said that Jesus we must detach ourselves, be charitable and have to have a humble contrite heart and for this we must ponder on the suffering of Jesus on the Cross who gave all in order to save us.
Mr. Kashif told the story Archbishop Benny said during mass, that one’s a man got accident and was brought to Hospital having no bleeding and injuries. Doctors suggested to go through a proper treatment and asked him to have a Citiscan but man said he is okay and don’t need any help of anyone since he has no wound or any bleeding, after two days man died, because the bleeding was internal. In the same way we also say that we need no one, no help and we are Okay but tell you the truth these days of lent reminds us that we are NOT OKAY we need Jesus in our lives, said Kashif.
Mrs. Mariyam Kashif speaking to the teachers recalled the importance of fast and Lenten season had said that fast raises our voice to heaven and God comes closer to those who fast and listens to them closely; these days of Lent are like a blessing for us we must ponder on our lives and must come closer to Jesus and to His Will by picking up our cross.
Mariyam also said that teacher has a responsibility to build up future of the nation and being a Religion teacher means: to make a Big difference in the lives of the students. She also conducted three activities first one called “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” which will encourage students not close their eyes for those in need, but to look and respond to the needs of others because when they do this, God has promised to provide for their needs.
Second activity was, knowing “the World’s Tallest Tree” (General Sherman, 102 feet around and 275 feel tall, located in Sequoia National Park) it started as a simple seed that was planted in the ground years ago. When you give your offering, it’s like planting a seed. It will grow into big things and make a big impact in people’s lives, said Mariyam.
The third activity was “The Half-Eaten Apple” which helped them to realize that are we giving God the leftovers we must Put God first in your giving and what is our priority in giving?
These activities motivated teachers, to conduct them with their students in schools, so they may know the power of giving because “Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed,” as it is written in the book of Proverbs 28:27.
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