JOHN RATNAJOTHY IREANEUS HOOLE:
Jothy, as he was lovingly called passed away on December 28, 2011. He
was the son of Fr. Richard Hoole and the grandson of Canon Somasunderam.
He had his beginnings in Jaffna. It was discovered that he was virtually
a genius in Maths.
He went to the UK for his studies where he acquired degrees but also
worked and got involved with the Church.
On his return to Sri Lanka, he worked as an Engineer in the private
sector and thereafter in the Government sector. However he discovered
that his calling and vocation was not in Engineering and therefore began
work as a missionary pastor.
This was the time when his first wife died leaving three children
including a new born. This personal tragedy did not lessen his desire to
work for God and people. Therefore during the last 20 years he had been
a shepherd in Mannar. Till the end both in good times and bad, despite
all the difficulties he remained in Mannar with his people.
It was my good fortune to meet him about two weeks before his death
and whenever I visited him in hospital or at his friend’s residence, he
was full of life. He was always very grateful for a visit and did not
allow the visit to be over without a prayer.
May his soul rest in peace and rise in glory. Amen.
SEETHA MALLIKA MERCEDES PERERA
She understood the unconditional love of animals and loved them back
many fold in return.
She simply did her part to be a genuine friend for animals
She remained a wallflower all her life and yet she did not demand
She spent her money not to achieve fame.
She did not dress to impress anybody. She was always groomed and
Her clothes were humble and nicely pressed and clean.
Her beauty and poise showed though her humility often kept others
She could see through people and never hesitate to speak her mind.
If she did not say “thank you,” it was because she saw through the
person who needed the thank you.
Some acts of kindness are done to seek fame and recognition for the
Such acts of kindness are not generous or worthy of acknowledgment.
She loved gardening because of the sincere love she had for plants.
She always saved the ordinary plants because of their origin was a gift
from her mother’s plants.
She did not want to make a fortune though she did have the talent to
She loved her parents even though it was not apparent that they
She did not fuss for attention or demand respect.
She never attempted to be politically correct. She was never afraid
to express her views.
She respected people not for their fame and fortune. She had the gift
for understanding people’s true nature – good and bad – that is hidden
beneath the surface.
She loved to sing. She loved poetry. She had boundless wisdom for
more than I can imagine.
She stopped to notice – the trees, the weeds, stray dogs and cats,
flowers and butterflies. Isn’t it beautiful and pleasant to go through
the world like that.
On November 12, 2011, as I was sitting by her bedside, trying to
laugh and joke to lift her spirits up, Seetha Akka recited this poem...
“Full many a gem of purest ray serene
The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear:
Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
And waste its sweetness on the desert air.”
– Thomas Gray (English Poet, 1716-1771)
Then when I asked her what it meant, she told me, “There are people
who do not get the opportunity to use all their talents.”
She was so simple, so childlike.