4471Re: Bishop Benyamin Joseph Mor Osthathios Passes away
- Jun 22, 2004Dear All
It was with a degree of disbelief that I heard the news of Mar
Ostatheos passing away at the relatively young age of 55. I knew him
as a sarvoye in the 70s and the last time I met him was over a
private lunch in the home of a relative of his here in Trivandrum
just a few weeks ago. Over the last quarter century that we have
known each other I have had no opportunity to suspect his sincerity,
character, faith or loyalty to the throne.
When we speak about the loyalty we must remember that he identified
himself unequivocally with the Antiochean faction long before the
present realities began to take shape in 1975. And he never faltered.
We must admire this trait when we remember that it is few who in
similar positions would qualify for the respect due to a man whose
views were unselfish.
Another simple soul was Perumpilly Thirumeni whom I remember everyday
and I have added the name of Benyamin Tirumeni to my prayer list Now.
May his soul rest in peace, and may his intercession be our forte
Dr. D. Babu Paul