Sri Lankan Religious Men and Women celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life

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Sri Lankan Religious Men and Women celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life

A national day of reunion and renewal was organized by the Sri Lankan Conference of Major Religious Superiors, (CMRS) on 14th November, 2015 at the National Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka, Tewatte under the theme “Religious Men and Women: Witnesses and Prophets to Wake Up the World.” This event also marked the closing of the Year of Consecrated Life, which of course is scheduled for the 2nd of February 2016, the World Day of Consecrated Life.

All the Consecrated men and women gathered at the national Basilica praised and thanked God for the wonders God has wrought through them in this beautiful land. The agenda was also designed to facilitate a renewed understanding of our commitment to Consecrated Life and its mission in the local Church. Among the events organized were a buzzing session to come to know each other, recitation of the Holy Rosary while walking around the basilica in procession, a talk by Ms. Lakshani Fernando, Hon. Secretary of the Ceylon Bible Society and the Holy Eucharist presided over by His Excellency, Rt. Rev. Dr. Pierre Nguyen Van Tot, the Apostolic Nuncio to Sri Lanka. It was concelebrated by Their Lordships, Bishops Cletus C. Perera OSB, Winston Fernando SSS, Norbert Andradi OMI, Maxwell Granville Silva, Emmanuel Fernando, Joseph Ponniah, Harold Anthony, Raymond Wickramasinghe and a large number of religious priests. His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith had sent his greetings to the CMRS through his auxiliary bishops. The service ended with a hymn to our Lady who is the model par excellence for Consecrated Life.

Ms. Lakshani Fernando in her talk spoke of this year as a time of refreshment through an analogy of the transfiguration event as experienced by the three disciples of our Lord. She also explained as to what it means to be a religious and what is expected of them by the society. Further she said that we Consecrated people need to dismount from their treasured experiences to reach to hear the cry of the society just like our Lord descended from the mountain to accept the cross. His Excellency the Apostolic Nuncio in his homily compared religious life to a diamond. When a diamond receives light it refracts the light inside and travels through it to the outside. In the same way he said that religious personalities act as mediators between God and the rest of the society in which they live and serve.

This was a great opportunity and a valuable encounter for all religious men and women who follow the same walk of life with a plethora of charisms, traditions and ministries. The CMRS is determined to work for the realization of its vision which is to be a transforming collective force to effect a healed, reconciled, humanized and integrated Sri Lanka while rooting in Gospel values.

Dom. Kanishka Perera OSB

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