Sharing about my Vacation

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Sharing about my Vacation

Having returned to the Parish after my vacation, I would like to share some of my experiences and impressions, which I gained in India. This time I did not go beyond the territory of my State, Tamilnadu, so named after the language is spoken by the people. The Tamil language is one of the most ancient literary languages and so the State Government takes pride in having named the land as the land of the Tamils. I preferred to take my vacation at the end of July, thinking that the summer would be over and it would not be hot. But unfortunately, it was still hot in August, up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat could not deter me from traveling to different places to visit my friends and relatives. A few religious events within the family circle I had to preside over. Above all, my brother and sister-in-law, who is fighting against her cancer, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They wished that I celebrate the Holy Mass at home. Considering their ill health, I had to celebrate the Holy Mass at home, surrounded by the families of their three children. It was a great and meaningful celebration. I have still three sisters alive, two older and one younger. Their great concern was that I might not be nearer when The Lord would call them. I always told them that I have to be, where The Lord wants me to serve Him. The hardest thing I experienced this time was that the people were struggling with water scarcity. The ground water in many places have dried up, the people tried to demonstrate their need for water; but it was like blowing a horn into the deaf ears. The government authorities are very corrupt; corruption and bribery

I preferred to take my vacation at the end of July, thinking that the summer would be over and it would not be hot. But unfortunately, it was still hot in August, up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat could not deter me from traveling to different places to visit my friends and relatives. A few religious events within the family circle I had to preside over. Above all, my brother and sister-in-law, who is fighting against her cancer, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They wished that I celebrate the Holy Mass at home. Considering their ill health, I had to celebrate the Holy Mass at home, surrounded by the families of their three children. It was a great and meaningful celebration. I have still three sisters alive, two older and one younger. Their great concern was that I might not be nearer when The Lord would call them. I always told them that I have to be, where The Lord wants me to serve Him. The hardest thing I experienced this time was that the people were struggling with water scarcity. The ground water in many places have dried up, the people tried to demonstrate their need for water; but it was like blowing a horn into the deaf ears. The government authorities are very corrupt; corruption and bribery

The hardest thing I experienced this time was that the people were struggling with water scarcity. The ground water in many places have dried up, the people tried to demonstrate their need for water; but it was like blowing a horn into the deaf ears. The government authorities are very corrupt; corruption and bribery is high. It is because of this that the Church is not able to serve freely the poor people. The government officials expect a percentage of commission in every project of good works done to the people. Hope there will be a new dawn. Thank God, the heat, congestion on the road while traveling and spicy food did not upset my health. I am back in the parish hale and healthy.

Thank God, the heat, congestion on the road while traveling and spicy food did not upset my health. I am back in the parish hale and healthy.

May God be praised,

I am here now to serve you.Fr. Arul Joseph V.

Fr. Arul Joseph V.


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