I regularly attempt, taking you all away from transgression as much as possible and take you from darkness to light. Eliminate you from the demerits and make you closer to merits. For that, I make an immense commitment. For that I brave a tremendous effort, to create that state for you.
His Holiness the Apostle Rohan Lalith Aponso uttered these words conducting the sermon during the New Year Holy Mass of sanctifying New Year 2019 at the Apparition Church of Our Lady of Katunayake Shrine, Sri Lanka.
Holy Mass of sanctifying New Year 2019 started at midnight on December 31st, 2018 in the Apparition Church. The devotees arrived from various places to Our Lady of Katunayake’s Shrine, to proceed the new year with the blessings of His Holiness the Apostle, were assembled in the Apparition Church as well as in the Shrine Ground. Conducting the Holy Mass in the presence of them, His Holiness the Apostle taught much guidance for the New Year with a cheerful face. It was a cause of delight to everyone that with the beginning of the New Year, He addressed to the hearts of the people while making assembled devotees smile.
His Holiness the Apostle Rohan Lalith Aponso stated, when traveling offer something for the beggars who extend their hands without evading them. He further stated while presenting various examples that by donating money to beggars neither make you a beggar nor make the beggars wealthy people. He asked if there is jealousy within you about beggars becoming rich by offering money to them, do not be dreadful of that but donate through your heart with a sympathetic mind.
His Holiness the Apostle said that there are certain instances where some beggars without asking for money, ask to purchase items as incense packets, camphor ball packets and despite you do not require them, purchase an item from them rather than wheeling them away empty handed. He further proposed if the purchased item is unnecessary for you or if you bought it as an assistance for that individual, offer the item back to him. His Holiness the Apostle requested to pay more than the item’s value if you are willing and explained that by doing this there will be no deficit.
Further addressing the devotees His Holiness the Apostle Rohan Lalith Aponso stated that at least through donating something for beggars, the practice to detach from avarice should start. He further explained with examples, the aversion of man to donate remains the most formidable obstacle for salvation. To donate money to purchase clothes and jewelry there is no lethargy, and there is no lethargy because of the avarice prevails in the hearts. His Holiness the Apostle Rohan Lalith Aponso declared such expenses are done to receive satisfaction to one’s heart and be content by offering something with a satisfied heart to a person who extends their hands without evading them.
These photos show His Holiness the Apostle Rohan Lalith Aponso addressing the devotees with a smile from the main alter of the Apparition Church in Our Lady of Katunayake’s Shrine, during the Holy Mass of sanctifying New Year 2019