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The Aab Padryaab of the century.
parish church is beautifully designed and has a colorful Altar.
All those who served the parish for the days and years gone by
are the blessed ones. ‘cos either the parish is known for hard nuts or
for better prospects. Only the present elderly priests of the diocese
know why it is so. Perhaps the rock of Peter was visible in its
strength. However, it was a special and well known parish in its own
style. Perhaps some of us were born during this era and some just opened
their eyes and others learnt to wear a chaddi. One among the wearer of
chaddi is myself who just learnt the correct path to walk to the church
crossing Raghu angadi (shop) to the church and home via hosal
needed short cut, sorya angdi (arrack shop) root was rather clear
and dear except the biting dog of the Lobo’s.
taught catechism and was made to walk this path if not everyday at least
on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday was a special day where priest did the
dhobi’s job of washing the sins and Sunday was a day to wear the altar
learning the root to the church properly, I had heard much about Aab
padryab who is straight forward and strong in his views and thoughts. He
was well know for this holiness too. So much so, I was told that he has
a cross on his back. I had heard that ,’whatever he says would
happen’. People were scared of him. One fine morning he preached on
Barkurchim sunktam (people act against him) jumping….. and within
hours time some faced a great loss. I had seen it happen too. His
holiness was well accepted by people and were faithful to his sayings
and spiritual aspirations.
bald hairy head with long beard. He seemed infact holy but two fingers
of his right hand had always the snuff in it that coloured his nose and
his long beard. His kitem tem kitem
tem saang mhaka ek….till fifteen (pondra) which
is still resounding in my ears and is fully fresh even if you wake me in
the middle of the night, I would sing without opening my eyes. He was a
great devotee of our lady.
He had his exercise by walking with his other two friends till the Barkur bridge. He enjoyed their company and they too were faithful to him. I was inspired by his holiness and made me take up the holiness lane. I owe my vocation to his holiness.
tem kithem tem saang mhaka ek,
ek atmo, ek bhavarth.
doan folio moijechio.
ajapam sant antonichim
estesanvam (stations of the cross)
we had all the priests in our parish like him who are holy and
people oriented. Perhaps its our duty to follow the holiness of our
former ones to keep the light burning in faith and march with its flame
spirit. Now he is no more but his spirit is still alive in its holy
feelings in me and us.
Rest Grant unto him O Lord, Let perpetual light shine upon him, may he
rest in peace.
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