12/02/2011 SRI LANKA
Card Ranjith: read, study, pray, live, celebrate and share the Word of God
The archbishop of Colombo presents the Year of the Word of God (27 November-10 October 2012), which “is the very foundation of committed Christian living.”
Colombo (AsiaNews) – “For us disciples of Christ, the Holy Eucharist and the Word of God are the highest gifts. They confirm us in his love and are the visible and audible expression of that love,” said Card Malcolm Ranjith, metropolitan archbishop of Colombo when he announced the Year of the Word of God in front of Episcopal vicars, priests, nuns, seminarians and faithful from different parishes. Opened on the first day of Advent (27 November), the year will end on 10 October 2012.
“Our faith can be renewed only through the nourishment of his Body and Blood but also from the efficacious listening we receive of the word, which lasts forever. Truly, the veneration of the Word of God does foster our Christian faith, just as the reception of the Eucharist strengthens it. The Word of God which is ‘living and effective’ (Heb, 4:12) is the very foundation of committed Christian living.”
“For a spring of faith renewal,” the prelate said, “the Word has to be read, studied, prayed over, lived, celebrated in the Liturgy and shared with others.”
20/04/2016 16:06:00 SRI LANKAFor Card Ranjith, despite evil’s temptations, God continues to generate vocations
In his message to Sri Lanka’s Catholics on World Day of Prayer for Vocations, the archbishop of Colombo called for prayers and support for education so as to “encourage many more to follow” those already consecrated. For the Rector of the National Seminary, the vocation to the religious life “is a seed planted by God that germinates and grows in a human heart when there is a genuine and positive response on the part of the recipient.”
17/10/2012 SRI LANKACard. Ranjith: Year of the Faith, the responsibilities of Catholics in Sri Lanka
Strengthening the priesthood, develoing a Christian conscience in children; care for the needs of other communities: these are some of the challenges presented by the Archbishop of Colombo in the opening Mass of the Year proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI. Priests, nuns, religious and laity must "strengthen their faith." The "fullness of the mystery of God" which "invites us to a new life."