Red Letter Day July 3, 2013!

Fr. Soosai Rathinam and Cardinal Gracias

July 3, 2013 is a solemnity for India since we are celebrating the great feast of St. Thomas, the apostle of India. We are proud to call this auspicious day our “foundation day” for our Guanellian Indian Mission. St. Guanella had a desire to go as a missionary when he was a student of theology and he even made a request to his bishop to join the first group of PIME fathers. This dream became a reality in 1986 on July 3rd through Fr. Tito Credaro, SdC and later, Frs. Piero Lippoli, SdC, Domenico Saginario, SdC and other major superiors of the time.

Even though St. Thomas is unfairly nicknamed “Doubting Thomas” because of his skeptical nature, after conviction and out of personal experience of the Risen Lord, he established Christian communities first in Kerala and then he came to Madras-Mylapore where he was martyred and where the Basilica of the National Shrine is today.

We can imagine how he reflected on his own disappointment while the others excitedly discussed Jesus’ appearances. Thomas was speechless with excitement “My Lord and My God. I always like to quote the phrase of Rene’ Descartes’ ”Cogito, ergo sum” (I think, therefore I am) and St. Anselm’s motto “Fides quaerens intellectum” (faith seeking understanding). Thomas confessed his faith in the Risen Lord. He proved his commitment and unshakeable faith by undertaking an adventurous journey to India and worked hard to win believers.

He was passionate about spreading the good news and he was in touch with the local people and preached to them about Jesus. He respected the local culture, tradition and language. Today, we have a greater need to rediscover our journey of faith like St. Thomas and other missionaries “set out to lead people out of the desert, towards the place of life.”

On this propitious day, let us recall the global nature of our holy founder, “The whole world is your homeland”, and to acquire more consciously that of being a missionary of faith and charity and to rediscover the content of faith that is professed, celebrated, lived and prayed.

Fr. Soosai, Rathinam, SdC – Provincial Superior

3 thoughts on “Red Letter Day July 3, 2013!

    1. It is truly important especially for the people of India. I was meditating on the fact that St. Thomas was in India centuries before Christians ever set foot in the ‘New World.’ So interesting. Thank you for reading and following this blog.

  1. Dear Fr Soosai: tks fr yr precious info concerning the presence of the apostle Thomas in Kerala and
    TAMIL Nadu.I hope once to pay a visit to his shrine and repeat like he did: My God my Lord ”
    My best wishes and compliments fr your constant and diligent attention to all requests from the 4 Corners
    of our beloved Province.May God grant you his grace and celestial blessings.Love and prayers Gero

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