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Fr Warner D’Souza, Archdiocese of Bombay

Jul 29 2023

I am on a two-year sabbatical; that is a privilege considering the shortage of priests in the Archdiocese of Bombay. It would seem that every hand should be on the deck and here I am, away in Goa.

While my compulsions of health and ideological issues have forced me to take time off, the “fire within me” does not seem to burn out. God, it seems, won’t let me go even though my archbishop so kindly did.

So, it is with fear and trepidation I write my thoughts while entrusting my life to being HIS disciple who spoke his mind.

Everything within me tells me to shut up and sit back and take my sabbatical easy but then there is this ‘Jeremiah moment’ that I seem to be experiencing all of this week. What is that you ask?

I echo the sentiments of the prophet Jeremiah, not that I am even a far cry to who or what he was but that ‘Jeremiah moment’ resounds loudly.

Jeremiah 20:9 says, “If I say, “I will not mention him (God), or speak any more in his name, then within me there is something like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I am weary with holding it in and I cannot.” So here goes…..

 

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