Saturday, August 27, 2016

Thank the Lord for all that we have!!!!!!!!

I am on my way to Madurai via Bangalore.....the flight is delayed i don't know the reasons......so i have a lot of time...two hours of wait....great....i can do something worthwhile.....last evening i was with my friends for a dinner.....the friend of mine has a small business and he is doing well for himself...but generosity and love, charity and sharing is his mantra....he believes in sharing what he has.....he is a good Catholic....with a lovely son and wife....he shared with me while dinning and said that he learnt from one of his consultants who does not share his faith but believes and reads a lot about Jesus....this holy man said that thank the Lord for every moment and you will the wonders that God works in life....there is nothing that the Lord does not grant....but if we thank and express our gratitude he grants all......that you have a home, a shelter, a wife and children, bank balance etc...you have everything and still you are unhappy....he said then go to your window and look outside....you will find poor people....eating and drinking, sleeping....no proper shelter in summer, winter and monsoon.....yet they are happy......God has given us so much that we have no reason to be sad and unhappy.....the more we thank Him the more he pours His gifts on us.....every problem that we face we must first thank the Lord for having given us a little problem to worry about....not to blame and accuse anyone but to be with the problem....as you thank for it, the Lord then shows us the way to solve and overcome, he shows us the light to touch and feel the problems....he also leads us to those people who have more problems than us.....
The poor ones in their sickness and illness, they have no grantee of receiving good treatment as they cannot afford an expensive treatment.....they cannot be sure of their bank balance as they don;t have any bank accounts....some of them die due to non availability of funds to get treated.....the dead ones are carried on shoulders as it happened in Orissa.....the man could not afford a transport to carry the dead body ....so he carried the body....there are others who carry it on bi-cycles....but they do not complain....thank the Lord for what they have and receive....they are the most happiest people on earth....their smile is not plastic but real and genuine one....it comes directly from a contented and happy heart and soul.....on the streets of Mumbai....thousands sleep...no mosquitos and rats disturb them.....they sleep a million dollar sleep....rats play on their bodies yet they don't get disturbed.....morning they thank the Lord for that wonderful sleep which eludes from those who have good bed and beddings....till late night one is not able to sleep.....

Friday, August 26, 2016

A Missionary with a smile....passes away....



This is  Fr. Abel  Thekekutt (86) who passed away last night  at Assisi Ashram, Bharananganam on Sunday (28/08/2016) after a short illness. A great friar who has worked all over in our Capuchin Order. He was missionary in Tanzania, Malwai, South Africa, North India in Krist Jyoti Province, Nirmala Custody, Assam and Mary Matha, Andhra Pradesh. He has worked very hard in all these places. Even today people and friars who knew him do speak good about his missionary zeal. He was known to be a good formator too. 
I first met him in the year 2007 in Assam Custody. He was then member of the Custody house. With smiling face he welcomed me and made me feel at home. Since then i had occasions to meet him every now and then. Last i met him was in Month of January 2016 in Kerala. He used to play shuttle cock every day in the evening with the friars. He was loved and admired by many friars especially by the students. 
His funeral will be tomorrow at 02.00 PM at Assisi Ashram, Bharananganam.......Please pray for his departed soul...