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  • Sajeev Painunkal, Sj

    Contributing sermons since Dec 17, 2005
Sajeev's church

Dhyan Ashram
Kolkata *Province/Other , 743503
+33-24978491

About Sajeev
  • Education: Sajeev had his schooling in Kerala, his home state. After graduating in Physics, he joined the Diocesan Seminary. After doing BPh at St Joseph’s Seminary, Mangalore, he joined the Society of Jesus. He did an MPh from Sacred Heart College, Chennai and BTh from Vidya Jyoti College, Delhi. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Chicago.
  • Experience: Sajeev worked in the Catholic Weekly "Sathyadeepam" as a journalist trainee. He has worked in the editorial teams of several journals. He also edited "Calcutta Jesuits and Friends", a journal that comes comes three times a year. Sajeev worked as a teacher, a formator and retreat director for several years. He currently works as an intern counselor at Claret Center, Chicago.
  • Family: Sajeev Painunkal, SJ is from Kerala, the south most state of India, but has chosen to work in West Bengal. He is a priest belonging to the Society of Jesus (Jesuit Order). He works as the Socius to the Master of Novices, apart from directing retreats etc. He is also a visiting Professor at the Philosophy faculty of Morning Star College, Barrackpore.
  • Books that have had an impact: One of the books that really touched me is "Mr God, this is Anna", written by Fynn. It makes me believe that the best things in life, spirituality included, are simple.
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  • End Times

    Contributed on Nov 17, 2010
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    Jesus talks about the end of the world. But the focus is not on fear and trembling; but on faith and trust in him, and preparing for it through right living now.

    End times I was ordained on a November day six years ago. The ordination was at my home parish, and prior to that I was still finishing my study of Theology in another city in India. Of course the ordination was a huge celebration, and needed a lot of preparation. Since I was away, most of the ...read more

  • Belief In The Resurrection Of The Dead

    Contributed on Nov 6, 2010
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    The Sadducees try to ridicule Jesus with a stupid question about what happens in heaven. The answer of Jesus is not about the how but they why. If we don't believe in a life after death, we will have no purpose for our life on earth.

    People sometimes ask stupid questions. They know it is stupid; but they ask them anyway. When somebody asks a stupid question, we can assume that either they are too naïve, or they are sarcastic. And most of the time they are not naïve; they are trying to make us look foolish trying to answer ...read more

  • What Changed Zaccheus?

    Contributed on Oct 30, 2010
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    Jesus doesn't preach to Zaccheus. No moralising, no ridiculing. Just unconditional acceptance. That's all it took change him radically.

    A popular story recounts a meeting that may have taken place at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago in 1923. There is debate whether the meeting in fact occurred, but what is not in question is the actual rise and fall of the men featured in the story, who were nine of the richest men in the world ...read more

  • Is Your Prayer Good Enough?

    Contributed on Oct 25, 2010
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    The Pharisee made a show of his prayer with his arrogance. But the tax collector understood that the heart of prayer must be humility. We have something to learn before we kneel down to pray.

    There was a little boy who was kneeling by his bed with his mom to say his nighttime prayers. He began to shout to the top of his lungs, “Dear God, I’ve been real good this year so please let me get a new bicycle for my birthday.” His mom said, “Johny, God is not deaf; you ...read more

  • Dare To Hope

    Contributed on Oct 22, 2010
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    There are no hopeless situations. Jesus asks us to trust and to keep praying. If we don't give up, miracles can happen in our lives.

    Last week I went to visit an elderly nun in her retirement residence. She was very happy to meet me and we spent some time chatting. While looking around in her room, I noticed a small table in a corner of the room and three small statues facing the corner. One looked like the statue of our ...read more

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  • No To Knowing The Future

    Contributed on Nov 17, 2010
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    "NO" TO KNOWING THE FUTURE When I used to work in an urban parish in Calcutta in India, I used to see a man sitting outside my window, on the pavement, with a parrot in a cage. He was a fortune teller. Several people who pass by that way would stop at him to learn about what the future held ...read more

  • Only A Visitor Here

    Contributed on Nov 6, 2010
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    ONLY A VISITOR HERE The story is told of an American tourist who paid the 19th century Polish rabbi Hofetz Chaim a visit. Astonished to see that the rabbi's home was only a simple room with a few books, a table and a bench, the tourist asked, "Rabbi, where is your furniture?" "Where is ...read more

  • The Modern Rich Man

    Contributed on Oct 30, 2010
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    A popular story recounts a meeting that may have taken place at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago in 1923. There is debate whether the meeting in fact occurred, but what is not in question is the actual rise and fall of the men featured in the story, who were nine of the richest men in the world ...read more

  • The Hundred-Dollar Word

    Contributed on Oct 10, 2010
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    THE HUNDRED-DOLLAR WORD I’m sure you have all heard of Rudyard Kipling. He is the author of famous books like The Jungle Book and Captain Courageous. His writings not only made him famous but also brought him a fortune. A newspaper reporter came up to him once and said, "Mr. Kipling, I just ...read more

  • I Watched The Oscar Winning Movie, "Gandhi" ...

    Contributed on Apr 12, 2006
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    I watched the Oscar winning movie, “Gandhi” years ago when I was a school student. But one scene remains vivid in my memory. After Gandhiji returned from South Africa and started getting involved in the struggle of Independence of India, he made a journey all over the country to see and live ...read more