The Most Holy Apostolic Father, His Holiness Rohan Lalith Aponso, presided over the General Audience which was held in the evening of Saturday 23rd October 2010. At the beginning of the General Audience, a child came before His Holiness the Apostolic Father along with his parents. That child was Upeksha Neluvinda, the only son of Mr. Ashok Fernando and of Mrs. Nilmini Fernando, who entered into their married life by receiving the blessing from the Most Holy Apostolic Father. His parents who came before Most Holy Apostolic Father along with their child, requested Holy Apostolic Father to teach their child his first letters, before he starts his education. His Holiness the Apostolic Father, granted their request, and he was the first to teach the child to write his Alphabets. After he taught the child to write his Alphabets, the Most Holy Apostolic Father addressing his parents, reflected the following. “Teaching a child to write his Alphabets is not the beginning of the education of a child. Education of a child begins when the child is in mother’s womb. After a child is born to the world, his home is his school. His parents are his teachers. The child begins to learn the first letter by looking at the behaviour of his parents. Therefore, you have to teach this child to differentiate between the good and the bad, and bring him up as a child, who will not be a burden to society. That responsibility lies on both of you”.
Images of the occasion