This posting appeared in the IOC forum of Yahoo Groups. What Col.
Mathai is stated is a very good and positive thinking. I invited him
to join in this forum. Hope he may join with us.
Let his dream comes true.
I am writing this from one of the very cold & remotest
stations of Northern India from a military camp (Due to
obvious reasons I can not reveal the place).
I happened to become a member of this forum recently.
Thanks to our current Defence Minister, I am able to
access Internet from such a remote place of India.
Presently we (People serving in the Services) are
undergoing a very tough time, as you all are aware due
to the border tensions.
Whoever has conceived this wonderful idea of IOIF, let
us congratulate, encourage and pray for them.
Let me share some of my feelings after going through
the 2000 odd messages posted (random) in this forum in
a span of one year or so. By all means it is a
treasure, especially for people like us who are unable
to participate in a Sunday service or any other Church
activities due to our location, work requirements etc.
I spent almost one week exclusively on internet
whenever I get time to scan through them (somehow I
could manage time, because of a typical assignment).
Tomorrow I will be out in the field and I really do
not know whether I will get an oppertunity to access
this site again in the near future. Any way let us
leave those issues to God, the life of "PATTALAKKAR"
is always like that.
Let me share the following "crude" thoughts which has
come to my mind after going through some of the recent
messages related to "PEACE/UNITY" in our church.
Although in general everybody prescribed "Prayer" as
the medicine, I really doubt. Without doing what we
are supposed to do, who is going to listen to such
half hearted prayers. God will definitely listen to our
prayers, if we are sincere and we do what we are
supposed to do on our part and leaving the balance to
God. Are we really sincere (I do not mean the laity
who can not do much on these issues, but our spiritual
leaders in these aspects.)
Let me illustrate an example. Following is a news item
regarding the consecration of Noida (Delhi) church
published in this forum recently.
"During the meeting all the Parish Priests of Orthodox
Churches in and around Delhi along with the Parishoners
were present. In addition the members of St. Mary's
Catholic Church (NOIDA), Marthoma Church (NOIDA), CNI
Church, Methodist Church, NOIDA Christian Welfare
Association, NOIDA Ayyappa Sewa Samiti, NOIDA Guru
Dharma Pracharana Sabha (SNDP). NOIDA Malayalee
Welfare Association were also present."
All were there including SNDP Yogam and Ayyappa Sewa
Samiti, but I presume we have forgotten (intentionally
?) to invite our own "so called" brothers, the
Patriarchese Church people for obvious reasons. This
is the real problem which is not only in Noida but
everywhere else. We will co-operate with Marthoma, CSI,
Catholic etc but never with our brothers from the
other faction. We the general public has no difficulty
to embrace each other(which is happening otherwise
also), but our Achans, Bishops etc will never agree. I
can understand, in Kerala it may be difficult due to
the pulls and pressures there, but once we come out of
Kerala why we continue to propagate this hatred in the
name of Faith and God?? Whom we are afraid and whom we
are trying to please?
Recently when I asked one of my friends who is the
Secretary of an important Parish in the Gulf area
about such a co-operation in the congregation level,
his answer was, "Our Achan will never agree and he
will get angry on me, if I take such an initiative".
If we ask the Achan, he may say Thirumeni will not
agree and so on.
My dear respected Achans and Thirumenis who are living
outside Kerala (whether it is Madras, Bangalore,
Bombay, Calcutta, Bhilai,Dubai, Doha, Muscut, Kuwait,
New York, Houston, Canada or London or any where)if you
all really mean what you preach, please take the lead
to remove this artificial hatred, by arranging
combined prayer meetings for peace and unity with the
other faction in places whereever you are. Then Holy
Spirit will work on this church and peace will come
automatically. Otherwise our prayers and lent will be
like crocodile tears. Once this message spreads,
automatically there will be pressure on both the
leaderships in Kerala to find ways and means to unite.
No Supreme court or Malankara Association can bring
peace, but more damage.
Many have already started talking about formal
division of the church as a forgone conclusion. The
by-product of such a division will be 1064 (?) new
court cases dealing with each parish to fight for may
be another 100 years!!
Let me also pen my views on this. We believe, Church
is the "Body of Christ". To my mind after the split
with Marthoma Church, already our Church lost one
limb, but life is still there. With another split, one
faction will take the "Head" and the other will take
the balance part of the Body. The net result is our
Church will lose "Life" for ever. Who wants to be in
such a church??
If the leadership of both the factions want to
practice what they preach, the only solution is all
our Thirumenis of both the factions (people who wear
red robes have much more responsibility to lead us
spiritually and we laity has lot of expectations from
them) should meet in Parumala followed by Manjinikkara
for three days each for a fasting prayer during this
lenten period before the Association Meeting scheduled
for 20/03/02. The whole Malankara faithfuls whereever
they live will join this mass fasting prayer. Then
Holy Spirit will work for peace in this Great Church.
I am 100% sure, if Parumala Thirumeni or Pampady
Thirumeni were alive, they would have done exactly
Let us remember the blunter our then national leaders
have commited when they agreed for the partition of
our beloved country. They agreed to it because they
were made to believe by the then Viceroy, Lord
Mountbatten, that it was the best solution for the
Hindu-Muslim dispute. In fact, it turned out to be the
worst. In the wake of the carnage that followed, one
million Hindus and Muslims died and 15 million were
Later Sardar Patel regretted and expressed his
feelings as follows:
"You cannot divide the sea or the waters of the
river. No one could destroy the reality that we are one
This is an eye opener to us and exactly true in the
context of our Church, "you cannot divide the sea or
the waters of the river".
I again take this opportunity to thank the organisers
of this forum, for giving me an opportunity to express
my humble (but truely sincere) views so
openly (provided this is published). Pardon me, if I
have hurt anybody's feelings through this message, I
have no such intention.
I from my part used to go to Parumala, Manjinikkara
and Pampady whenever I go to Kerala, and I am 100%
convinced that through the intercessory prayers of
those Holy Fathers of our great church, myself and my
family are immencely blessed.
Prayers and Love,
Col. A Mathew
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