Mar joseph Pallikaparampil
St. Alphonsa is a great gift God bestowed on our community. We are happy the diocese of Palai has been the scene of her life and death. She lived only a short life – a life that went largely unnoticed. But the quality of her life ensured her a place in heaven from where she is now showering on us, like St. Therese of Liesiuenx, the flowers of blessings. Bhararananganam has transformed itself into another Liesienx. Thousands of people flock to her tomb every year seeking her intercession in the hour of their need.
Hers was a simple and prayer-oriented life. Simplicity of heart is a condition for being in harmony with God. It is this simplicity that enabled her to accept suffering as a gift from God. Alphonsa’s life teaches us the greatness of suffering though the prevailing tendency of the modern world is to shy away from suffering. Suffering sanctifies our life; we cannot lead a proper Christian life without accepting it: this is the message that Blessed Alphonsa conveys to us through her life.