Praying with Kerala: Rediscovering Our Humanity In The Periphery

“We are afflicted in every way possible, but we are not crushed; full of doubts, we never despair; we are persecuted, but never abandoned; we are struck down, but never destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4, 8-9)

We read of natural disasters and man-made tragedies almost everyday. Earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes; the massacre of the hapless Rohingya population, plights of helpless refugees floating in small boats across the Mediterranean sea, and the cruel wars in Syria and Iraq are recent calamities still fresh in our mind. Yet most often, such catastrophes do not touch us profoundly unless we ourselves are affected. Only weeks ago, I was personally hurt by the heavy rain and flash floods that caused massive and implausible destruction to my home state of Kerala, South India.

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