INDEPENDENCE DAY MESSAGE OF MALCOLM CARDINAL RANJITH

" The leaders of North & South should, enter a path of national responsibility 
to build the country "
His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith 

[ Fr. Sunil De Silva - 04.02.2012 ] 

 

His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo, issuing a message on the 64th Independance Day in Sri Lanka, said, " Not only in the North but in the South as well, the leaders should, without being enmeshed in narrow prejudices, enter a path of national responsibility, bereft of party political agenda. In the attempt of achieving an enduring peace through justice and equity, it is of paramount importance that we launch on a programme capable of building mutual trust." 

" The time has come to turn our back on the culture of violence, on intoxicants, immoral behaviour, bribery, corruption, crime and all kinds of such destructive things and to apply the law to all alike. Action with mature responsibility is essential without embracing the ideology that independence is the right to do whatever one wants."
 
" Amidst these circumstances let us make the 64th Independence Day one that would aspire to build the nation. Let us step forward to a land of true independence and peace full of thoughts of genuine freedom, civic responsibility and our role in the building of this nation."

 

FULL TEXT OF THE MESSAGE - 

The commemoration of the 64th Independence Day of Sri Lanka falls on the 4th of February 2012. This is an occasion which brings great joy to us Sri Lankans. On a day like this we would first like to thank the Almighty God for making us heirs to the wonderful gifts of nature in this beautiful island. The diversity of the different races, religions, languages and cultures of its population further embellish that beauty. The challenge before us all at this moment, therefore, is to work in unity to re-build our motherland.

The Catholics of this country were also active participants in the struggle of winning independence for Sri Lanka. When one peruses through history it becomes crystal clear how the Catholics have contributed in a very special way to obtain the release of our motherland from the clutches of foreign domination. We were victorious then particularly because we shunned petty differences and worked together in unity for the sake of independence. Here we remember with modest pride the way the Catholics worked for independence. We were able to obtain independence from a powerful empire, without shedding a drop of blood, simply because of the strength of this unity which we held in esteem.

With the passage of time, however, we faced disastrous calamitiesdue to the pursuit of petty and narrow goals which destroyed our unity. That alone led to our nation being embroiled in a frightful and destructive war for thirty years. It would not be incorrect to state that the precious lives lost, economic wealth destroyed and erosion of the spiritual by this ruinous war can never be estimated correctly.

Nevertheless we have been able to put an end to the war. It is true that beginnings have recently been made to heal the wounds and to revive the physical and material development of the country. Yet today we have to face the grave challenge of leading our people on a peaceful path bereft of doubt and fright. The challenge is before us to raise up the people in the North who fell into dire straits due to the war and resuscitate their lives. Similarly we have arrived at a stage where we can reach a new dawn by building mutual trust between them and the rest through the value of being human. 

Not only in the North but in the South as well, the leaders should, without being enmeshed in narrow prejudices, enter a path of national responsibility, bereft of party political agenda. In the attempt of achieving an enduring peace through justice and equity, it is of paramount importance that we launch on a programme capable of building mutual trust. 

The time has come to turn our back on the culture of violence, on intoxicants, immoral behaviour, bribery, corruption, crime and all kinds of such destructive things and to apply the law to all alike. Action with mature responsibility is essential without embracing the ideology that independence is the right to do whatever one wants.
 

Amidst these circumstances let us make the 64th Independence Day one that would aspire to build the nation. Let us step forward to a land of true independence and peace full of thoughts of genuine freedom, civic responsibility and our role in the building of this nation. 

+ Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith
Archbishop of Colombo 

 


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