Jesuit education gives you the opportunity to discover and develop your varied hidden talents: mind and heart, leadership qualities, arts & sports, music and dancing, and so many other gifts with which God has blessed you. I have witnessed now for myself what I have often heard: that Nagas are highly gifted in singing and dancing. (...)
Dear young friends, the name of your home, ‘Eden Garden’, is a constant reminder to you, of the beautiful original garden God planted in Eden at the very beginning of creation: with flowering and fruit-bearing trees, clear water to drink, and clean healthy air to breathe. God’s gift of love to Adam and Eve, intended for all human beings of all generations. But, as you know, today this original blessing of God’s creation is badly damaged. Our common home – mother earth – is groaning with pain, because of human greed and overconsumption, irresponsible use and abuse of God’s gifts.
We all have a common responsibility to change this. Everyone of you can and must take this as an essential dimension of your education. I know that Naga people live close to nature, and that you hold in great reverence everything around you. This is my special message and appeal to you today. Eden Garden and Sacred Heart School will set an example to others, – avoiding use of plastics and other toxic material, preventing water sources and streams from being polluted, planting more trees to give us clean air, using sparingly everything God has given us, helping your homes and villages to be kept clean. With your own creative talents, you will discover many other ways to save our planet from disaster.