God's glory was in man's empowerment and development; service to the poor was service to the almighty; and Jesus Christ's life was indeed a life that was dedicated to cause of the poor, said The Most Rev. Fr. Antony Devotta, Bishop of Tiruchi.
Addressing the Centenary celebration of the (CIC) at Nirmala Higher Secondary School in the city on Tuesday, he said that our everyday life should be an example for others to follow and emulate.
Rev. Fr. Dr.Devotta also emphasised the idea of distributive justice where socially just forms of distributive allocation of goods and services were maintained in a society. He termed that ‘Bible Justice' was based on distributive justice and demanded that the followers of Jesus should go a step further beyond it and serve the poor in the society. He was speaking at a session where 25 members belonging to the marginalized communities were given houses.
The Moderator of the session, Rev.Sr.Antony Xavier, CIC, former Superior General, said that a house stood as a symbol of human dignity. Food, clothing and shelter were basic needs, and in the contemporary times psychologists had added human dignity to them and rightly so.
Twenty-five members from economically and socially weaker sections of the society were handed over keys of a Rs.5-lakh worth house on the occasion. The beneficiaries hailed from Panchampatti, Silukkuvarpatti, Andar Kottaram, Melavadakkur, Maarampadi, Karungulam, Nagamalai Pudukottai, Michaelpalayam, Aathur, Saveriarpalayam, Kankollanpattalam, Pandukudi, Kodungavayal, Chinnathondi, Puliyal, Ambasamudram, Alavanthankulam, Royapuram, Elaiyarasnendhal and NGO ‘A' colony — all in the southern districts.
Seventeen Co-Workers in the CIC convents, who had put in 25 years of service, were felicitated. Each was given a pair of gold earring.