Poothathil Thommiachan I Fr Thomas Poothathil I poothathilthommiachan.org

 

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HIS LIFE AND INSPIRATION

He was a shepherd of love to his parish folk. Following the example of Jesus, the good shepherd, he loved and served people with selflessness. He used to train faithful to recite all the prayers clear and distinct. Quite often he reminded them to attend mass with great devotion. He was always interested in visiting sick people. He derived satisfaction in spending time with people who are at the death bed and prepared them for death. He was ever willing to administer the sacraments of confession and the anointing of the sick at any time. His meditative way of offering mass, singing songs were really touching. People liked to listen to his meaningful homily. So they always liked to come to the church to pray with him. He always instructed people to spend at least 10 minutes in the church after mass for thanksgiving.

He was a good preacher and was well accepted by the parish community in all parishes where he had served. He also started catechism classes without interruption. His pastoral commitment and zeal for souls were well known. He was a famous retreat preacher. He had conducted retreat in many parishes in and out side the eparchy. He trained the people to show reverence and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. One could see him kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament for hours as if he were casting all his burdens on the Lord and drawing power and strength from Him. The visit to the Blessed Sacrament for him was an art and science of relationship between God and his people.

He was also known as a good social worker and his social activities are well known, such as making new road, involvement in road maintenance, starting new schools etc. He considered education as an effective means of social upliftment of the people. Under his leadership many new roads were opened and it helped people in many ways. He did everything with the wholehearted support and co-operation of the people around. He was interested in organizing different programmes for the benefit of the poor, the down trodden, the handicapped, the people who live in misery, etc. He had great interest in planning and implementing programmes for the integral development of the poor and the marginalized. He was always ready to extend all possible help to the needy and willing to give any help, as he could to the people who would come to him. He always said to such people "now this; I shall try to give later." He also instructed his spiritual daughters that "do not send any poor who come to them without giving anything."