Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Port of Spain and IRO representative for the Catholic Church, Fr Martin Sirju, shared this message to those gathered at the funeral service of the late Satnarayan Maharaj
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We the religious leaders and members of the faith communities comprising the IRO extend our sincere condolences to Mr Maharaj’s family, the Maha Sabha Board and the Hindu community on the passing of this iconic figure of Mr Satnarayan Maharaj, more popularly known to the citizens at large as ‘Sat’. Every man’s life is a checkered life, shades of light and dark. Mr Maharaj had his faults but today is not a day to dwell on his shortcomings but give God thanks for the good intentions of his heart and the bold witness of his life.
Mr Maharaj was an avid supporter of the Inter Religious Organization or the IRO. Despite his disagreements with it, he never withdrew his support for the IRO for he knew it was a necessary body in an interreligious, interracial society like our own. When he thought the IRO had lost its way he lobbied and insisted that it find its way back on the right track. He was always open to lending his premises for IRO meetings and was willing to grant the IRO temporary office lodging should they request it.
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