Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I - My dearest Thomas achan
- Dear All,
While in Kerala on vecation, I got a rare opportunity to be with Aboon Bava thirumeni in my humble residence.
The time has gone fast and my dearest Thomas achan in 1966 has been
elevated by Our Lord to the highest position after throwing out
several strong personalities. While viewing the grace on Ruha on
Bava's face my thoughts trvelled through the dirty criticisms, bad
words and dirty muds thown on to Bava by several of our friends and I
realised that Bava's face remained as ' Chembu ela' that slipped all
that fell on it. Several of our holy fathers who protected our
apostolic faith recieved from Our Lord through the apostles had the
same painful experiences. As a selfish individual, my thoughts went
in vain when we a small group in Trichur used to pray for Achan to
see being ordained as a metroplitan in the united church and follow
the steps of Oughen Bava. Any way our prayers were heard in the
highest and Achan was ordained as the Catholicos to follow Poulose
Bava shared with my daughters how Our Lord nurtured Bava and
protected from Asthma, Angina and evil spirits. The only weapon Bava
had was prayer.
Today by the strong prayers of Bava Thirumeni the Jacobite Syrian
group of Malanakara Syrian Chruch has flourished to a devine
denomination with large number of churches, institutions, episcopas
and clergy in addition to millions of faithful. We used to comment
while explaining the intricate anlytic methods 'testing of pudding is
by tasting/eating it'. The only test for Aboon Bava today, is
visualising the action of Ruha in the church and accept Bava
thirumeni as the chosen man by Ruha for us to be given the infinite
blessings from Our Lord to we, the unworthy sinners.
While giving a husoyo to me Bava asked the prayers of ' Mor Pathrose
Mor Poulose; Mor Ignathios Elias, Mor Baselios Yeldho, Mor Gregorios
Parumala along with Yeldodh Aloho and Mar Gheevargis sahadho' At that
sacred moment I felt the presence of those saints near me.
While leaving our house Aboon Bava asked me to pray for Thirumeni. How can a sinner can pray for a saint ?
May the prayers of bava thriumeni strengthen us.
With humble prayers
Dr.George K John, Sharjah