Sisters in Wanathawilluwa
In Vavuniya guidence of Sr. Nichola
In the Philippines – Community in Legazpi
In a world of innovation and digital revolution, the world experienced a sense of comfort, achievement, independence, instant gratification, pleasure, safety and security; a feeling of satisfaction and contentment, a vast connectivity, new means of livelihood and solutions or aid to some of our problems. However, globalized era has brought population explosion, consumerist attitude, individualism, extensive industrialization, illegal logging, pollution, shortage of water, drastic climate change, severe famine and poverty, abandonment, oppression, cultural discrimination, drought, deforestation, health problems/illness/incurable diseases, crimes, drug/internet addiction, exploitation of human beings and other natural resources, violations/abuse of power and rights and laws of nature, ecological crisis, wealth distribution imbalance, political/social crisis and other negative impacts/effects of this globalization.
The question is: Where are we standing today? Are we standing like Moses in the “Burning Bush”, willing to take off our sandals and come to the Holy Ground where God is and truly present… in this world’s realities itself… Can we see Jesus in the very existence of each living creatures and even with the non-living things on this earth. A query which continuous to echo and reverberates within our hearts. Sometimes, it’s just like a fairy tale which can remain a story unless and until, one dares to surmount its magic into reality…
Being immersed, we experienced that Love does not expect but only Trust. Love will always find that in losing one’s nature of loving, the strength to Love grows more and becomes blessings to all that it embraces. Love does not count and take the time- yesterday, today and tomorrow- for simply, Love exists and transcends beyond time and as God who is Love, will never fail. “For God so loved the world that he gave His One and Only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”(Jn. 3:16). We account ourselves to the Law of Love, and we realize that as we abide in it, we are transformed into an experience of love without reserve…without condition…. Despite of complexities, simply LOVE.
A shocked to the whole world is the COVID19. President Rodrigo Duterte, Philippine President announced Manila Lockdown, and the rests of Luzon including Bicol from March 15 to April 14, 2020. The rests of the islands had their preventive measures and lockdown arrangement after several days. It’s a heartbreaking pandemic disease that locked down many people to the grave and our mourning and prayers to those who died with it. No one is spared from the threat and no one can escape. We can only once again turn to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary, The Twin Flames of Love, and entrust our lives to God above all these. Here in Bicol, there are 7 positive cases already; and only limited number of people in a limited number of hours can be observed outside. All establishments are closed down except market/food shops and water-refilling stations, medical facilities and pharmacies. Much that, the closer we were before, now, far and wide, distant and silent, just watching each other like a passerby. A Time provided to all of us to watch and pray, listen and obey, and trust and lean to God.
The foundations of global security are threatened. The choices are at hand. Will we listen to the Wisdom of God and start to care the Earth in our little ways and means. Will we, as members of the Church and witnesses to the Gospel, stand, live out and proclaim the Word- Made-Flesh to people? Will our thoughts and actions, services and ways of living be a genuine conversion in Christ? Our call today is a call that echoes throughout the world… the call of inner transformation and integration. As we grow in our relationship with God, with others and even with our own self, we also learn to care, protect and save the humanity against the evil powers that is trying to rule the world; to conserve the natural resources and preserve the beauty and fragility of our only home… the Earth. Raising our consciousness and empowering other individuals and/or families with the Gospel values are means to respond God’s call for salvation, survival healing and restoration of the earth.
COVID19 invites us:
Care of our Common Home
Overcome fear by Prayer
Ventilate yourselves with Positive Energy
Dare to be Prophets
Do you feel sad of what is happening around the world? Live your part, because God our ever loving Father is there always near us to look after us , protect us and to comfort us. pour out all your sorrows to Him; you will see Jesus beside you.
By :- Michael Dubina
There is love, beyond your heartaches,
And content, beyond your tears,
When you take your grieves to Jesus
With a trust – not insincere;
He will heal your wounds and suffering
And renew your broken heart
To enjoy again, the pleasures
Love and happiness impart.
Do not suffer like martyr-
In a chosen life of gloom
For the Lord will lift your burdens
And the miseries they groom;
Come to Him, with faith and condor,
And a heart that is sincere,
To find love beyond your heartaches,
And content beyond your tears.
St Valentine’s day celebrated since 496 is associated with love and symbols of it such as hearts, roses chocolates etc
Youth are usually in the midst of this whirl of activity so the vent that took place at the Daya Mina day Center on the 14th February was noteworthy for its difference!
A group of university Students from the kelaniya university along with a few friends decided to bring love and happiness to the young persons with special needs and organised a fun day for them.
It was a lovely time as the snaps show .. As one of the leaders remarked; sharing joy and happiness with these students was more meaningful than any external show. It was a peak moment in his life.
On the 15th January the Sisters and the Elders at “Santhom Elders Home” – in Pattim, Mannar, celebrated Thai Pongal with Holy Mass. It was a very happy and joyful event for all the Elders as well as the sisters.
We, the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary joyfully announce the launching of our newly designed website in expanding our ministry into cyberspace. After two months of hard work and dedication, we are delighted to officially announce the launch which took place in the Provincial House of Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary, on 11th October 2019. The new site launch is available, and the URL is www.scjm.lk
The grand occasion was graced by His Eminence Archbishop Pierre Nguyen Van Tot Apostolic Nuncio. He blessed the occasion with the apostolic blessing of Pope Francis. His Eminence quoted from Pope and said, “The Net is an opportunity to promote encounter with others, to communicate and to share information”.
We organized an environment day to be celebrated in our community. We had cosmic Holy Eucharist celebration in our convent chapel. Rev Fr. Christy explained in his homily the link between universe and the humanity which cannot be separated. The cosmic power that we breath continually is a free gift of God. He also said the power of cosmic God became man in His incarnation. After the Holy eucharist Fr. Christy blessed the plants and distributed, to a child, mother, father,youth and a senior person. We also planted a plant in our garden and gifted one to the parish priest to be planted in the parish garden. Our Montessori children too enjoyed planting trees. It was a meaningful celebration and happy day. We also had the prayer service and the Holy Hour on the 3rd of October.
On the 9th September 2019 the children, teachers, and the sisters together with Rotaract club celebrated the Earth day by planting vegetable plants. They all enjoyed and felt the importance of caring the earth.
The 20th of August 2019 was a red letter day for the community of Ranwala convent Kegalle as well as for Sr. Scholastica, as she celebrated her diamond Jubilee (60 years) as a Sister of Charity.
Feast of St. Bernard was a special day for most of us who were celebrating our anniversary of religious Profession.
Surrounded by the Sisters of Charity, from different parts of Sri Lanka, as well as Sr. Scholastica’s own family members, she was already seated in the chapel to praise and thank God together with all those who were present.
The Chief celebrant of the Holy Eucharist was His Lordship Cletus Chandrasiri Perera, the bishop of Ratnapura. His Lordship expressed his joy for being able to be present on this occasion.