3rd March, 2013, the monthly family meeting was being organised in ‘Kripa’, Vasai. The hall was packed to the full. Rev. Fr. Seraphinus welcomed the parents, relatives and friends of the in house patients. The internship students namely Mansi Parekh, Bhakti Chheda, Manisha Bagal, Kavita Mitalia, Shabnam Shaikh, Hiral Pandya interns of Maniben Nanavati Women's College, Vile Parle, Mumbai studying MA in Counselling Psychology, spoke about the imperative mission of the family members in the life of a recovering alcoholic. This was further substantiated and emphasised by Mr. Bosco D’ Souza National Program Director in his welcome address also introduced the core team of Kripa Vasai consisting of Fr. Seraphinus, Mrs Jean Pereira, Fr. Cyril D’Souza, Fr. Andrew Jadhav along with the staff who work behind the scenes round the clock to the gathering.
Rev. Fr. Joe Pereira Founder Managing Trustee of ‘Kripa Foundation’ highlighted the combination of ‘faith and reason’ as an indispensable component of recovery for both the recovering alcoholics /addicts and their relatives. He spoke of the need of surrendering oneself to his Higher Power and remaining faithful to the 12 step programme. Further he said that every human being is been divinely configured and therefore has to actualize this divine potential letting aside all pride, arrogance and self-deception, so that one becomes a fully human being. He elaborated on the combination of various models of recovery used in Kripa.
The audience well spell bound as and one could see tears rolling as Fr. Joe Pereira ended his session to the singing of slokas “Sarva Dharma Prathana” ( Prayer of all Religions by Acharya Vinoba Bhave.)- in Sanskrit.
It was indeed a joy to see the baffling look of the family members mixed with bewilderment and shock at their own family members (now reflecting transformation phase) and shedding the joyful tears as they met. The family members of inmates expressed thanks to Fr. Joe, Mr. Bosco and all the staff of ‘Kripa’ Vasai for this wonderful meet. Kripa family in turn expressed a big thanks to God for His ‘Kripa’, Grace upon all of us for enabling us to be capable of serving our fellow human being.Submitted by
Fr. Cyril D'Souza