His Grace Mathews Mar Barnabas was unique in many respects. The well known simplicity, humility, sincerity, innocence, deep spirituality and purity at heart, His Grace was always jutting out in memory. His Grace’s life was that of complete surrender to the Lord and to the Malankara Orthodox Church. His Grace’s hospitality was also well-known. No one leaves the aramana without earing something. Even when His Grace comes to our churches or homes, His Grace makes sure all eat with His Grace at the same time.
Towards the end of His Grace’s life, there was a brightness of divine presence on His Grace’s face. Life in America for His Grace was a blessed time. So many changes took place and all for the positive growth of the Church and the people’s life. The various books His Grace written are all proofs of His Grace’s divine nature.
At this time it is difficult to come to terms with the loss. One thing gives me consolation is that His Grace will be a great intercessor for all. His Grace’s prayers from heaven will be a solace to many.
The Northeast American Diocese owes much to His Grace for its spiritual well-being. It was not an easy time when His Grace arrived in 1992 but somehow His Grace overcame all hurdles by His Grace’s prayer life. And I am sure His Grace’s spiritual presence will continue to nurture us. Now that His Grace has joined the Lord, let us hope that His Grace’s intercession will continue for us all. The different great qualities that we can emulate
will enrich us.
Fr. M. K. Kuriakose (North East American Diocesan Secretary)