So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Friday, June 5, 2015

Rest in peace: Rita Perera, foundress of shelters for the elderly, the sick and disabled orphans.

Rita Perera | Archdiocese of Colombo image

If you are not already acquainted with this woman's story, you might consider following the links to read a bit about Rita Perera.

Her cause for canonization wouldn't be out of place in conversations among the faithful.

Is it too soon to ask her intercession for healing from a serious injury such as a broken back or other spinal injury?

There is one young man very familiar to Catholic bloggers who could benefit from a miracle wrought through Rita Perera's intercession with the Lord (see prayer at end of article).
Rita Perera, Foundress of Marc-Sri Home, was called to eternal rest in the Lord on 27th, May 2015. Funeral was held on Thursday, 28th May at Marc-Sri Home, Katukurunda, Kalutara (Sri Lanka).
Founder of Marc-Sri, Rita Perera, 73, better known as “Sister Rita”, was a religious sister, but during the 1960’s she was forced to revoke her vows due to serious health reasons. She later married Marcus Perera and the couple built their house in Kalutara, which they called “Marc-Sri”. They lived a happy life, until Marcus died in 1982.
Ms. Rita Perera, who founded Marc-Sri 30 years ago in 1983, said she never planned her home to be turned into a shelter for orphans and the home­less.
"After my husband passed away in 1982, I was living in this house by myself,” she reminisced. “One day a man with a broken back appeared at my doorstep. He could not walk and had no place to go. Ever since then this place has be­come a home for the elderly, the sick and disabled orphans.”
She added that in the early days she made huts with coconut branches to house those whom came to her and took care of them by her­self. Then gradually a few humanitarians like herself started helping out at the shelter. Eventually, those who were taken care of by Rita grew up to volunteer at Marc-Sri. Now there are about 40 volunteers, most of whom had lived at Marc-Sri for 15-20 years and had grown up under the loving care of Rita.
Since that fateful day in 1983, Rita has never taken a break from her humanitarian efforts.—Fr. Sunil de Silva.
Rita Perera established 11 shelters in various locations.
"Marc Sri was started without a plan. I never imagined myself being a mother to so many children,” she said once. “Now we are all a family and this a place filled with love and kindness.”—ibid.
Archdiocese of Colombo article: click HERE.
AsiaNews article: click HERE.
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.
May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

A prayer requesting the intercession of Rita Perera for healing.
Heavenly Father, Your child Rita Perera of Sri Lanka gave excellent witness to Your love of the sick and orphaned. To the glory of Your name, O Lord, Rita gave shelter to the homeless and comfort to the suffering. May it be Your will, merciful Father, that through her intercession Thomas Peters, who suffered serious injury, may be restored to health so that his healing may offer further testimony to Your love and mercy. I/We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

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