Our Beloved Bishop Speaks Diocese of Kumbakonam


Respected and dear brother - priests, religious and laity,

Michelangelo, one of the outstanding artists of all times had just finished his masterpiece, the sculpture of David. The person who had ordered it, the Gonfaloniere Soderini of Florence, Italy, came to inspect it. ’The statue looks all right,’ said Soderini, ’but don’t you think the nose is too big? I think you should make it smaller.

Michelangelo said it was true and he hadn’t noticed. He mounted the twelve-foot scaffold, and gave David’s nose a few loud-sounding, but harmless blows with his hammer, letting fall a handful of marble dust which he had carefully gathered up from floor below before climbing up the scaffold. As he came down to the critic, the latter remarked, ’Ah, now you have given it life indeed!’

By our intelligence we can overcome any number of criticisms. When we are criticized, we should not take neither a know-it-all stand nor I don’t care attitude.

The intelligent people never hate their critics and they will always keep them as their friends..

We need to be proactive in our behaviour and learn to respect others.

It is the relationship which builds up the society more than success- stories.

Wishing you all the best in your ministry,

Yours affectionately in our Lord,

+ F. Antonisamy.
Bishop of Kumbakonam.