When I saw him I was afraid to meet him, When I met him I was afraid to know him, When I knew him I was afraid to love him, Now I love him and I’m afraid to lose him. Thank You very much Fr. John and the team. I have the privilege to be a part of retreats led by Fr. John Kooran and team and see amazing blessings being received in our lives. I heard about Fr. John Kooran from my friends who study at St. Antony’s Public School, Annakkal. My friend told me that he had been giving retreat there for many years. I shared about Fr. John Kooran with my Head master. I had a doubt whether he would come to our village school. He whole heartedly accepted our invitation. The talks were simple and practical, funny and unique. The days of retreats were days of celebration for every one of us. We could create a Prayer Wall. We prayed for each other, prayer requests were made, and everyone made a good confession. The classes on parents and the media were challenging and at the same time an eye-opener. I could experience the love of my parents.
When Fr. John said that you go back home today and give a hug to your parents. I doubted whether I could do it. But I hugged my mum for the first time in my life. She too hugged me back. I have been missing the warmth of her gentle hug and the love. I felt when my arms were wrapped around her. And now when I close my eyes and feel the warmth of my mother’s gentle hug once more and envision wrapping her arms around me. I cherish these precious memories of the retreat. I am grateful to Frs. John, Poulose and team for helping me to realize the love of my parents. I treasure the talks and new resolutions deep in my heart. At the end of the retreat we all were given a Small Gift that serves as a reminder. We will keep it as a tangible reminder of our God experience at the retreat. Thank you, fathers.
Miss Neenu Jose
Assumption School Palapra