Dr. Fr. Benny K. John, CSC
Principal, Holy Cross College Agartala
“Educating Mind and Forming Heart”
“Where the Mind is without fear and the Head is held highDecember
, the last month in the yearly Calendar reminds us of the imminence of the ‘Departure’ of the current year and the ‘Arrival’ of a New Year. It is also a time when we take stoke of the passing year and plan for the coming year with renewed enthusiasm and hope for a better time ahead. The year 2021, many may consider comparatively better than the previous year as we are coming out of the pandemic lockdowns and pathological conditions.
For Christians, the month of December commences with the season of ADVENT
, from Latin adventus, “coming” or arrival”, is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, and of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas
. Hope, Joy, Love and Peace are the four major themes celebrated during the season. “The people of the First Testament had the courage to hope for big things: that the desert would be turned into fertile land; that their scattered and divided people would eventually be gathered again; that the blind would see, the deaf hear, the lame walk; that not only their own people, but all the peoples of the earth, would be united in the blessings of everlasting peace. Clearly, their hopes were no different from ours or from any human beings: lasting peace, tranquil lives, sufficiency of food, an end to suffering, pain and misery
.” (Taken from “The Spirit of Advent” by Mark Searle). Let us wish, pray and keep the hope alive for such a world where selfishness and greed will give way for generosity and simplicity of life.
Here in HCC, we have quite a few departures and arrivals in this season. As the TPSC selection results were published on the 1st of December 2021, six from among the fifty-four Holy Cross teachers found their place in the list. We are happy for them and wish them the very best in their career. We have taken these departures with optimism that we still have many best teachers on our side and have inducted six new teachers and a few more are waiting to join the band.
On 7th December 2021, we bid farewell to Rev. Dr. Shaji M. L. CSC, Vice Principal and Administrator with meaningful words and gestures by the Staff, Students and the Holy Cross colleagues gathered on the occasion. The incoming Vice Principal and Administrator, Fr. Joe Paul, CSC, was given a warm welcome by the College community on 15th December 2021.
May I take this occasion to wish God’s abundant blessings on all of you
, our friends and well-wishers, that you may have a healthy life with lots of Love, Joy, Peace and Hope
although the NEW YEAR 2022