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India, Sumita and faith in Christ discovered thanks to a rosary
Born to a Hindu mother and Buddhist father, she has had tried to heal a troubled life with astrology and other rites. The appearance of a rosary and the support of a friend prompted her to approach catechism and then to become Catholic. "God has given me prayer, love, mercy and strength to forgive."
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - A small rosary found in her house: this is how the
story of Sumita Jagatap's the conversion to Catholicism begins. Born to a Hindu
Mother and Buddhist father, she has always experienced conflicting relationships
inside and outside the family: the different religions is often a cause of
conflict and disputes between her parents and has also had an impact on the children.
grew restless, lacking any real point of reference, and brought these
insecurities to her own marriage, which lasted just seven days.
"In 2004 - Sumita tells AsiaNews - my mother became a follower
of the famous Hindu guru Swamiji and took part in every meeting, in the hope of
bringing peace to our family. I've always been very fond of her, so I followed
and also became a followe of Swamiji. But everything remained just like before.
2006, her mother died suddenly during a meeting in Kulu (Himanachal Pradesh). "Her
death - she explains - made me lose faith and since then I have suffered pain
and suffering of all kinds."
In 2010, Sumita
got married, but the marriage broke down after just seven days because of the
"injustices" caused by her husband, of which she prefers not to
then returned to live with her father, eldest brother and his wife in Mulund,
but the situation worsened day by day. So
she decided to move out and live alone, exhausted by the continuing harassment
inflicted by her brother and sister-in law: 18 December of the same year she
moved to Mira Road, to begin a new life.
thought about my future - she says - I saw only darkness. I looked for help and
support in all kinds of places, astrology, vastu shastra ["
building science "which studies how the laws of nature affect houses, ed],
but nothing solved my
problems. " Meanwhile,
the lawyer who was defending her in the divorce settlement began to talk to her
about Jesus and God, inviting her to go to church with him. "I
was a Hindu, for a long time I followed my guru, I had never read anything
In March 2011, she
continues, "Jesus revealed Himself to me, carrying a small rosary into my
house in Mira Road." At
first, she recalls, "I had no idea how it got there. I thought it must
have been the pigeons, who often stopped outside my windows." Sumita
spoke of the rosary to a friend, Rupali Joseph, a former Hindu who converted to
explained the importance of the rosary in the lives of Christians and took me
to his house, where his family prayed to Jesus for me. I told my story to his
in-laws, who by a strange coincidence are called Mary and Joseph."
Christians introduced Sumita to Christianity, and brought her with them to
various retreats. "Having
participated in these meetings and heard the Word of God, I felt a great change
take place in me. I believe that the Lord has healed all my wounds and blessed
my sins, gifting me prayer, love and compassion
for others, as well as the strength to forgive those who have hurt me. " In
July 2012 she began the journey of the catechumenate, to be baptized and
converted to Catholicism. "I
believe strongly that Jesus is the only God and I want to bear witness to
Christ in my life. My work is going well thanks to the grace of Christ and I
have been able to reconcile myself with my family, because I understood the
true meaning of confession and forgiveness" .
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