April 4

1. Understanding What It Is

I was 47 at the time and at the peak of my life and professional work. It suddenly dawned on me that I was giving my best without great visible returns. My professional life was taking up my total energy. I began to question the meaning of my life and work. I was surprised at the gnawing feeling of loneliness and hunger for intimacy.  I realised, in a somewhat shocking way, that what I was missing was a husband and children, a family of my own.  To compound the situation, I fell in love.

The flood gates of my repressed need for intimacy were now thrown open and the pressure to move into an intimate relationship and raise a family of my own was intense. These experiences forced me to think seriously about my religious vocation.

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Fr Jose Parappully SDB

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