Today, 13th. May we remember the 25th. Death Anniversary of our beloved master, late Fr.Bede Griffiths.
One important thing I remember from his life was his passion for learning. One evening after supper I was passing his room. I saw him through his window and saw that he was reading the periodical the Tablet. He was reading it in such way as if he was eating a delicious dish. I felt jealous. Look at this old man of 82 years who has such a desire to read and I am not even 35 and I have no desire to read. I went to his window and wished him. Come along, his usual expression, invited into his room. After sitting at his feet, he was on his chair, I said, father, I feel jealous of you. He felt uncomfortable and said, why? I replied, you see father, you are 82 years old and you have such a desire to read and I am not even 35 and I have no desire to read. He felt uncomfortable because I told him he was 82. He said, I do not feel that I am 82 but only 18. We just fell into laughter. It was true at 82 he was only 18 and at 35 I was 82. I always remember his passion to learn and to be young always.
May we all be inspired by his passion for learning to be always young. Unless you become like little children you cannot enter into the kingdom of God, said Jesus. Fr.Bede was always like a child. May we all become children of the kingdom of God.
Br. Martin Sahajananda