Life - sacred gift of God
If you are attacked, as adults you may counter attack in the name of
your own safety. Nobody; even animals do not like to be attacked. We
love to be free from dangers. We love to enjoy our freedom. We have the
right to do so. If we value freedom why should we hinder others'
Most Rev. Dr. Norbert Andradi
Imagine when an innocent foetus full of life in the womb of a mother
is attacked by forceps and needles; the helpless infant cannot counter
attack. He struggles for life but the needles and the forceps are more
powerful than the helpless baby.
How brutal it is! That is the most brutal inhuman act or sin a person
can commit in his lifetime, Most Rev. Dr. Norbert Andradi, Bishop of
Anuradhapura made this comment at 'Shanthi Uyana' at Knuckles recently
while addressing the participants of the annual retreat conducted by "Daham
His Lordship further enlightened the faithful thus; 'Life is the most
precious and the sacred gift all of us have received from God Almighty.
If our parents aborted us offering a number of excuses what would have
happened? If my parents would have done so, would there be Bishop
Andradi? Our parents had the Christian values. They loved their
children. They value large families thinking that it was a blessing.
What about the families of the present generation? Do they consider
children a gift from Above? Do they value large families? Yes there are
some parents who gladly welcome many children to their families but
unfortunately there are some who do not welcome any. Worse part is some
people entertain abortions. What a crime!
During the break I noticed a person crying bitterly while calling
some one over his mobile phone. Since I knew him personally I thought I
could help him. This is what he had to tell me.
"I came alone for the retreat leaving my three children and the wife
at home as I had been entrusted with a great responsibility of the
retreat. I loved to come with the family but she is pregnant and she
gets morning sickness.
As you know I run the family without a proper job and without a fixed
income. The cost of living does not leave room for providing the
children with proper meals. They are starving." (Tears tricking down his
"When I cannot feed the four mouths, how can I afford to have one
more? We did not want to see another baby suffering. So I had suggested
that the unborn be aborted after my return home. But after listening to
His Lordship I thought that God spoke to me through His Lordship's talk.
I realized the danger of our decision.
I rang up my wife and told her what the Bishop said and made up our
minds to let the baby live. We take care of the new born. God will look
It is quite ironical that when some couples go to any length or to
foreign lands to seek babies for adoptions some parents do anything
humanly possible to kill their unborn babies. How long would it take
such couples to understand this harsh truth?
We human beings love to offer excuses without fulfilling our duties
When we think of abortions people who are reluctant to have children
or abort their infants offer economic, social, cultural or physiological
reasons but such reasons in the Christian context are unreasonable.
Remember you have no right to kill anybody.
But still people have wonderful excuses to defend themselves for
killing the unborn. Here are some of the situations where people
Would you consider abortions in the following cases? Say 'Yes' or
'No' to yourself to the following situations.
1. There is a preacher and his wife who are living in abject poverty.
They already have 14 kids. Now she finds out she is pregnant with the
15th. Considering their poverty and the excessive world population,
would you recommend she gets an abortion?
2. The father is sick with sniffles, the mother has TB. They have got
four children. The first child is blind; the second is epileptic; the
third is deaf and the fourth has TB. She finds she's pregnant again.
Given the extreme situation would you recommend an abortion?
3. A white man raped a 13-year-old black girl and she got pregnant.
If you were her parents would you recommend an abortion?
4. A teenage girl is pregnant. She's not married. Her fiance is not
the father of the unborn and he is disappointed. Would you recommend an
Do you think society would be better off without them?
You have already said 'Yes' or 'No'. If you have said 'Yes' to any of
those situations now read the following and understand why your answers
1. In the first case you have just killed John Wesley, one of the
great Evangelists of the 19th century.
2. In the second case you have killed Beethoven, the great musician.
3. In the third case you have killed Ethel Waters, the great gospel
4. If you said 'Yes' to the fourth case, you have just declared the
murder of Jesus Christ.
UNO Human Rights emphasizes that every human being born or to be born
to this world has human dignity and right to live.
Any sane person would now understand the civilized society especially
the Catholic Church does not permit abortions under any circumstances
because life is precious and sacred and the parents are not the creators
of the baby but they are the caretakers.
So they have no right to kill the baby but to help live.
If someone entertains abortions he or she is answerable and
accountable before God, the Giver of Life.
Massive gathering in support of Pope at Vatican
Tens of thousands of pilgrims flocked to the Vatican on Sunday in a
rally of support for Pope Benedict XVI as he battles a paedophile priest
Pope Benedict XVI
Police estimated the crowd which filled St Peter's Square and Via
della Conciliazione, the broad avenue leading to the holy city, at more
Some bore banners of support for the embattled head of the Roman
Catholic Church saying "Together with the Pope" and "Your Holiness, you
are not Alone, the whole Church is with you."
The demonstration of support was organised by the Italian Episcopal
Conference, two days after Benedict's return from a four-day visit to
Portugal which was marked by huge crowds.
"Today you show the great affection and profound closeness of the
Church and the Italian people to the Pope and your priests because, in
the commitment to spiritual and moral renewal, we can always do better,"
Benedict said, addressing the crowd from the balcony of his Vatican
"The real enemy to fear and to fight is sin, spiritual evil, which at
times, unfortunately, also infects members of the Church," he said.
In what may yet be seen as a watershed in his battle against the
Church's biggest crisis in decades, a penitent pope said last week en
route to Portugal that the problems it faced came not from its enemies,
but from sin within the institution itself.
Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, president of the Italian Bishops Conference
and Archbishop of the northern city of Genoa, led a group prayer focused
on the meaning of purification, solidarity, forgiveness and justice. AFP
Church Medical Centre caters to needy
Donation of medical equipment:
St.Lawrence's Church, Wellawatte has been running a Free Medical
Clinic since 1971.
The then Parish Priest late Rt. Rev. Monsignor Manik Muthukumaru
realized the need of the marginalized parishioners and opened a free
medical clinic catering free medical treatments and distributing free
medicine and vitamin tablets to the needy.
Parish Priest Rev. Fr Bob Rodrigo OMI after receiving the
This dispensary is manned by four voluntary qualified doctors, two
nurses and by experienced and dedicated staff of four from the Parish.
Their services are to treat patients and dispense medicine and insulate
injections and test Blood Sugar on every Sunday morning.
An average of 120 patients without any discrimination of caste race
or religion receive their treatment and medicine free of charge and a
free cup of milk tea with Milo and Biscuits for nourishment.
Sunday, May 9 was a happy occasion to remember by the Parishioners
when The Lions Club of Grandpass District 306 B2 members visited The
Free Medical Clinic and donated a set of medical equipments for the use
of the dispensary- one Stethoscope, one pressure meter and a one touch
Ultra Blood Sugar testing Meter. Rev Fr. Bob Rodrigo OMI Parish Priest
of St Lawrence's Church receiving the kind gifts of medical equipments
from parishioner Lion P.J. Kulendrarajah who was instrumental in
organizing the donation along with his club members Lion A. Raveendran
and Lion S. Sathees thanked them profusely for having presented these
valuable equipments which are expensive and are in urgent need.
The doctors and staff were overjoyed and thanked the members of Lions
Club of Grandpass District 306 B2 for the thoughtful gifts which will be
of immense help.
This project which has been a boon to the people of Wellawatte and
even to outsiders a project which has stood the test of time in the
spirit of Caring and Sharing for nearly 39 years. The funding of this
project has been partly by the Parish and the rest by donations from
Parish Priest Rev. Fr Bob Rodrigo OMI graciously provides the
necessary funds and assistance for the smooth functioning of the Free
Medical Clinic without any complains. Your generous contribution by way
of medicines, equipments and by cash will be much appreciated.
Public Lecture on St. Mark's Gospel
The next lecture on the Gospel of St. Mark will be delivered by ,
Professor in Sacred Scripture at the National Seminary, Ampitiya Very
Rev. Father Nilendra Gunasekere, Monday, May 24 at 6 pm in the Colombo
YMCA Forum Hall.
The lectures are conducted at the invitation of the Colombo YMCA
Bible Study Institute.
The everlasting ecstasy:
An end of a Mother's Odyssey
My son had risen from the dead. I was jubilant.
"Days passed. My dear friends brought me many unforgettable and happy
incidents that had taken place after Jesus rose from the dead. How
Thomas Didemar who had not believed about my Son's resurrection and was
told by Jesus to touch Him. Thomas had then said My Lord and My God."
Then Jesus had said "You believe because you touched me. Blessed are
they who have not seen me but believe in me." I was so happy. He blessed
the generations to come. What a beautiful gesture by my son.
The Scribes, Phariseas and the priests were pleased. The trouble
maker was dead. My Sons resurrection was kept a secret. I also came to
know that Pontius Pilate was a depressed person after my Son's death. He
had confided in a few, that he really admired some of Jesus' saying -
about calling the scribes and the rich, as hypocrites and off-spring of
He too had not endorsed their concept of an eye for an eye and a
tooth for a tooth. Pilate left for Rome. I wander what his thoughts were
when he set sail for Rome. He was a good person.
Many became followers of my son. Forty days after the sad and happy
events, the most wondrous of happenings. Yes, we were all there. He
spoke to all of us. Embraced me. I felt that something unique was going
to happen. On this day my beloved Son ascended into Heaven. All of us
raised our hands in joy and awe as He rose bodily upward.
He ascended into Heaven. His father's kingdom. Tears of joy and
sadness were falling down my cheeks. He had gone to His father, whom He
had taught us to pray in times of joy and sorrow.
A prayer, I know that will be said by so many in the years to come.
I prayed that I be with Him, my Joseph and my parents very soon.
Now, while sitting on my favourite armchair made by dear Joseph long
years back, caressing the tiny garments that Jesus had worn, my mind
goes back from Bethlehem to Calvary.
The day He rose from the dead and the day He ascended into His
Beautiful memories, finding Him in the Temple, discoursing with the
elders, His baptism in the river Jordan by John, his cousin, changing of
water into wine at the marriage feast in Cana. I can picture the scene,
when He said.
My time has not yet come. I smiled. I knew that His time Had come. He
smiled at me as it to say "All for my lovely mother." He healed so many,
gave life to two, for gave many sinners. What beautiful memories.
What was my role? I was the mother of one of the greatest persons who
walked this land.
Yes! rocking on the chair both old and feeble I wonder. I understood
the agonies, a mother has to undergo for her children.
My mother too must have suffered much as a grandmother. I think of
the infants who died as said in the Holy Book. During the time of Moses,
Herod's massacre of the innocents. Mother suffered most.
How many mothers will cry. And walk with their babies in later years.
Walking, walking, walking with babes clinging to their breasts,
walking to unknown lands as refugees. Like our flight into Egypt. It is
wonderful to be a mother. A mother for all generations. Remember me only
as a mother.
A mother of all, as said by my Son from the Cross. I am no lady, I am
no Queen, but just a mother who had suffered much.
I shall always intercede on your behalf. He will listen to me and do
what is good for you. All for you my darling mother.
He would say. My last thought is - How many will change their lives
because of His teachings? How many will lay down their lives in His
Pontiff's interest in Virgin Mary sect
Pope Benedict XVI, a bookish theologian, holds a deep-rooted interest
in the popular cult of the Virgin Mary, which will be on display during
his visit to the shrine of Fatima in Portugal. "Contrary to what one
could imagine, Benedict XVI has a very positive opinion of
demonstrations of popular faith like the one you can see in Fatima,"
Vatican expert Sandro Magister told AFP. The pope heads to Portugal on
Tuesday to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the beatification of
young shepherds who claim to have seen the Virgin Mary appear. As
prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, the pope - then
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger - dealt thoroughly with apparitions and
Educational and social services institute
of Grandpass opened a new three storeyed building May 16. It was
opened by Bishop Ponnaiyah. Joseph Vaz Association members and
Principal Subashini hands over a photograph to Vice Bishop
Ponnaiyah Rev. father Ajith Perera and Hasim Omar also in this
picture. Picture by Ashraff A. Samad-Dehiwela Mount Lavinia
Most Rev. Dr. Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop
of Colombo on his first official visit to Dalugama Parish
planted a Naa tree sapling at the church premises and also
celebrated a special holy mass. Rev. Fr. Dr. Camilus Fernando,
Parish Priest, Dalugama, Messrs Marcus Jayasinghe, Secretary of
the Parish Council and Neville Abeyratne Leading Lawyer and the
Legal Advisor of the Parish Council are also seen here. Picture
by Edward Weerasinghe - Kelaniya Group Correspondent