Religious Camel

 

This is a conversational story. This story is a critical view at the present state of the Catholic Church and its various Religious Institutions. I also apologise to pen down such a story criticism about the Catholic Church. But at the same, a writer always writes his experience either to enhance or challenge his or her reader by helping them to awaken their conscience from rusting time and again. The story is about a conversation between a mother camel and its kid (baby camel) in the zoo of Canada (remember as you read that Canada is a cold place in contrast to desert).

The kid (baby camel) asks the mother camel: “Why do we have hump on our backs, while other animals don’t?”

The mother camel answered: “It is to store water and food for our journey in the desert. It sustains our lives because often in the desert we face shortage of food and water for many days.”

The kid asked the mother camel: “Why we have big nose and eye veils.”

The mother camel replied: “Because there are frequent sand storms in the desert. The big nose of ours helps to breathe better and the eye veils protect our eyes from the sand blown by wind.”

Next the kid asked the mother camel: “Why we have big hooves for our legs, unlike other animals?”

The mother camel replied: “These big hooves help us to walk through the sands of the desert with ease, without our legs getting buried in the sand.”

The kid (baby camel) went about asking a lot of questions with regard to each body parts of the camel, and all the answers from the mother camel referred to its usage in the desert.

Finally, the kid asked the mother camel: “If all our body is constituted to help us to journey and live in the desert. Then what are we doing in the zoo of Canada.

Probably similar are the questions that need to be asked to as Catholic priests, religious brothers and sisters. If all of them came to existence for the mission of Christ and to reaching to people in need both spiritually and materially. Then what are the priests and religious doing within the wall (zoo) of their presbyteries and convents, having minimum contacts with the people where their availability to people is at their convenience.

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