Our Beloved Bishop Speaks Diocese of Kumbakonam


Respected and dear brother - priests, religious and laity,

A successful businessman with a flourishing business in furniture, returned from a holiday only to find that, during his absence, his shop and house had caught fire. All that he possessed was reduced to ashes. His property of several hundred thousands was lost

From a far-off place there came, one day, a man to the house of Socrates. The door was opened by Socrates himself. "Welcome friend!" he said to the visitor

What did he do? Complain? No! Blame God whom he remembered in prayers everyday? No! Shed tears? No!

His face wore a smile, and, with uplifted eyes, he asked, "Lord! What wouldst Thou have me do next?"

Over the shambles, which once was the scene of his roaring business, he put up a signboard:

Shop burnt!
House burnt!
Goods burnt!
But faith not burnt!
Starting business tomorrow!

Here was a man who had learnt to meet the challenge of life - its problems, trials and tribulations - in the right way.

A man is not destroyed or dead as long as he believes.

Faith is to leap into darkness in order to see the light. It is to confess with Job: "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord" (Job 1:21).

St Augustine says: "Faith is to believe what we do not see. The reward of faith is to see what we believe."

With love,

Yours sincerely in our Lord,

+ F. Antonisamy.
Bishop of Kumbakonam.