This May 2008 incident narrates God’s mischief with mischief makers.
A big and beautiful Church was built by Fr. Reimus Morra an Italian Salesian missionary in 1962 at Barpeta Road (Assam) to accommodate 600 to 700 boarding boys and girls. As you enter the Mission gate, the word D.O.M. can be seen written on the facade of the Church. Since then (1962) curious onlookers continue to enquire about its meaning. The letters are from the Latin words: Dominus, Optimus, Maximus, meaning: The Lord: the Best and the Greatest. It is a wonderful way of making known and proclaiming the Lord to all and also of inviting all peoples and nations to praise Him Who is the Best and the Greatest (Ps 117).
The incident took place on 11th May 2008 – only to teach us and others what and who DOM is or stands for. It was Sunday night when some miscreants entered the Church through the back door. From the disorder and the destruction caused, it appears that they tried desperately to find the Tabernacle key. Since they failed, they tried to break it open. They failed again. When they tried the third time it seems their tools went into pieces. Confused and defeated they smashed a paten, a chalice and took to their heels with a monstrance as their only booty.
The sacristans had in fact forgotten to remove the Tabernacle key after the Sunday Benediction. It was left in front of the Tabernacle and yet it remained hidden from the eyes of the wicked. It seems that the DOM was holding the key in His hand and would not give it to them and thus prevented them from profaning the holy of holies. We pray for their conversion and thank the Lord for displaying his power.
“Give thanks to the Lord because he is good…
It is the Lord who helps me and I will see my enemies defeated…
Many enemies were round me but I destroyed them by the power of the Lord.
They were around me on every side but I destroyed them by the power of the Lord.
They swarmed round me like bees…
By the power of the Lord I destroyed them” (Ps 118).
D.O.M., praise the Lord!
*Narrated by Salesian Fr Andreas Panna in NewsLine, Guwahati