|BROTHER ALBY: FROM A MURDERER TO THE GUARDIAN OF 300 DESTITUTES|
would have been right to introduce Alby of Alappuzha as criminal who had
committed 5 murders and innumerable other unlawful activities. But today
it would be more right to call him Brother Mathew Alby, whose
efforts provide rehabilitation for 300 destitutes at the Home founded by
A product of the coastal area, Albin came back to Alappuzha after many years and struggles at Thrissur, where he had ran away as a teenager.
Bowing to his mother's wish, he stopped further wanderings and settled down after marriage to Mary, whom he met in a local church. But life turned topsy-turvy when his brother was beaten to death. When he saw the culprits moving closely with the guardians of law, he lost faith in justice.
For a living, he became a meat-seller. It was then that another shock awaited him. For refusing to give the product gratis to a constable after many such 'forced charity', he was picked up and subjected to inhuman torture for 3 days in the police station. After getting discharged from the hospital, Alby took revenge by hacking the constable to death. From then he dived into more and more sins.
It was a skirmish with his elder brother that set the tone for his repentance. When his brother advised him against stealing from a church, Alby stabbed him. But the brother told the onlookers, " do not reveal Alby's name. He has so many cases pending against him. Say instead that it was a lorry accident."
That love set the tone of his repentance. With self-contempt he stabbed himself and went to the priest. Misunderstanding it as an attack on the priest, the people gathered and attacked Alby. At hospital, he felt for the first time the consolation in the Lord's words.
After hospital days, once while coming back after meditation, members of the opposing gang pounced on him. Given up for dead, his body showed signs of life when his wife and children fell on it wailing. This time, from hospital, he was taken to the court, where he was sentenced to life imprisonment in the various cases.
After completing the jail term, he was a changed man. He wanted to atone for his wanton days. He took a destitute to live with him. Although many considered this as an eyewash, Alby persisted. When they realised his sincerity, many started helping him.
Today, in his Home, 300 destitutes find loving care. And Brother Alby dreams of serving such persons till the end of his life.
At the Home for destitutes
Courtesy: Sajil Sreedhar, Kanyaka, July 31, 2004
Contributed by: Administrator
"Man is an embodied paradox, a bundle of contradictions."