Vidyaniketan saw the light of the day in June 1974 as a formation house for the graduation students of the

Society of the Divine Word. For the past 33 years, students from ten different states have undergone their secular as well as religious formation, under the wings of this elegant ‘House of Vidya’. All through these years Vidyaniketan has enkindled the love for the Word of God in the students. It’s because, “We see our special dedication to the Divine Word and his mission expressed in our name.” (Prologue of SVD Constitutions) We believe, “It is by listening to the Word of God and living it that we become co-workers of the Divine Word.” (Constitutions. 106) We are aware that we cannot proclaim the Word which we have not heard, nor can we witness the power of God’s Spirit if we have never experienced it. So during our formation Vidya Niketan provides us with ample opportunities to know and love the Divine Word. During Christmas vacation a four day course on “Praying with the Bible” was organized. Fr. Saimon, a diocesan priest studying at St. Peter’s, Bangalore, presented in a creative way the relevance of the Word of God in the life of a seminarian and how to use it effectively in our daily prayers and in our personal life. After the course we all exclaimed, “Indeed it was a time to encounter the Divine Word.” It was a wonderful opportunity to join St. Peter and express our fidelity to the Divine Word, “Lord, to whom shall we go. You have the words of eternal life.” (Jn. 6: 68) We believe, ‘One who carries the Bible is carried by the Bible’. So with great enthusiasm we carry the Bible and march to the chapel to be carried by the Bible rest of the day. We read and meditate on the Word of God daily before the Mass. After the Mass our community sits at the feet of the Eucahristic Lord to listen to His words as Mary of Bethany did. As we continue to feast on the word of God we all await to listen to those empowering words of Jesus, “One thing is needful. Mary has chosen the good portion which shall not be taken away from her. (Lk. 10: 42) We are introduced to the Seven Step Method of sharing the Word of God and on every Saturday we come together class wise to reflect and pray the word of God. Thus we allow the Word “to pierce to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Heb. 4:12) and re-shape our life in accordance with the inspiration we receive during the sharing. Fathers take up the Word of God for prayer and reflection during community meetings, personal talks and recollections. One moderator even requests us to pick a word from the Bible kit and make a prayer based on the selected verse to begin our personal meetings. Our spiritual director encourages us to learn bye heart a few verses from the Bible so that we can develop interest for the Bible

and learn its importance in our daily life. Thus we are constantly put in touch with the Divine Word and are formed to have the mind of Christ. This year we had the unique privilege of knowing the Bible through the celebration of Bible week. We began our Bible week with an inaugural Eucharist and installation of the Word of God. During the homily Fr. Angelus highlighted the importance of Word of God in one’s life. Later on we had the opportunity to delve deep into the mystery and richness of God’s word through Bible Quiz, Bible interactive session - to clarify our doubts by asking various questions and Bible search - to know the various verses. We concluded the celebrations with a night vigil based on the Word of God which enabled us to keep awake for a few hours with the Lord. We feel happy that God has called us to be a part and parcel of the Society of the Divine Word. We all pray that the Word of God be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. (cf. Ps. 119:105)

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