Ministry in Tears
International Priests' Missionary Life and Ministry
About the Book
In this book, the two priest brothers portray the tears they shed in priestly ministry, not merely to ventilate their emotional outbursts or confessions to their friends, kith and kins, and even their so-called enemies, but most of all, to celebrate those tears as part of the blessing that has come to strengthen their union with the Lord, with the church, and certainly with their lifelong neighbors. The kind of tears their eyes showered were those of gratitude, joy, and sorrow. Their discussion also would bring home to every good-willed people how the foreign-born priests who serve the church in different continents not to be considered as mere international priests in a modern business term, rather to be esteemed as the true missionaries sent by the Lord for the impending purpose of new evangelization. Ultimately, their dream in this dialogical venture is to bring their readers, especially their (international) fellow missionary priests, closer to Jesus, the one they love the most, and to the church, his beloved spouse.
About the Author
Rev. Benjamin A. Vima, younger brother of Rev. Dasan, has been a diocesan priest for forty-four years, performed his pastoral ministry in various parishes both in India and USA as well. At present, he is retired from his parish administration and pastoral ministry but continues to spend his time in praying, writing, and visiting the sick and the homebound. He holds two masters: one in religious communications from Loyola University of Chicago and another in people’s theater communications from University of Illinois at Chicago Circle Campus. He has authored several books, five of which have been published through the help of Trafford Publications, Indiana. Rev. Dasan V. Vima is a Jesuit priest who completed his graduate studies in USA on public speech and homiletics. He served the church for more than five decades in various countries as a missionary priest. After he retired, he still continues his pastoral works, living at Dhyana Ashram, Chennai, India. He has been a prolific writer of more than twenty books, written both in English and Tamil, containing mostly his valuable reflections on scriptural passages, used widely by preachers and teachers. The list of some of his books is included in this book.