Fr. Jacob's Sunday in Sri Lanka
Mass in the Indian Ocean’s Sea Lanes
There’s nothing more precious than giving to others.
25 August + St. Jude Church, Diocese of Jaffna
“Jesus’ whole life, his way of dealing with the poor, his actions, his integrity, his simple daily acts of generosity, and finally his complete self-giving, is precious and reveals the mystery of his divine life…
We have a treasure of life and love which cannot deceive, and a message which cannot mislead or disappoint. It penetrates to the depths of our hearts, sustaining and ennobling us. It is a truth which is never out of date because it reaches that part of us which nothing else can reach. Our infinite sadness can only be cured by an infinite love.”
Such is the mission of our Pallottine Parish of Udaiyarkaddu and its 4 substations in Sri Lanka, where Fr. Jacob will be on visitation until August 29. In solidarity towards the country’s sufferings of past and present, our Rector General understands that where is sorrow, we must bring joy; this is the duty of a Christian.
“The Pallottines come here with the message that each of you is an apostle of Jesus, just as our Founder wanted. I know the pain you have gone through during the civil war. We have a great Pope Francis, whose wish is that we move out to the needy people around the world to share the Gospel of joy. Hence it fills me with happiness to celebrate the highest moment of Christian worship: the Holy Eucharist. My gratitude also to our two missionaries in this mission, Fr. John Paul and Fr. Lourdu Swamy. May God bless you all, especially the children and families.”
Fr. Jacob was concelebrant at St. Jude Church, alongside the two missionaries aforementioned; both members of the Society’s Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province in Bangalore, India, which opened this mission off of India’s subcontinent on February 2, 2018.
There are 21 million people on this tiny island, and of this only 6.1% are Catholics, while 70% are Theravada Buddhists. A periphery of faith, we also must state- as Pope Francis says- “without mincing words that there is an inseparable bond between our faith and the poor. May we never abandon them.”
As it be so, then with the words of St. Vincent Pallotti, let us work, let us never tire, let us work; with such a zeal, there is no obstacle that cannot be overcome!