By Sr. Paqui Morales, SHM
“God’s timing is perfect.” This is the way Sarita summarized the day of her First Holy Communion.
Sarita is a 45-year-old woman who has been bedridden for years due to being both blind and paralyzed. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis ten years ago. Her husband chose not to accompany her in her illness and abandoned her, leaving her to care for herself and their two sons, aged four and seven at the time. Her sons have lovingly taken care of her over the course of the years as they have witnessed the progress of their mother’s illness. She was first left bedridden with complete paralysis in her legs and partial paralysis in her arms, and later she lost her sight as well. The boys still go to school and study, but they must also take care of cleaning, cooking, washing the clothes, and attending to their mother.
About a year ago, this magazine published an article about the missionary experience of the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother in Puyo (Ecuador), accompanied by students from the “Sagrada Familia” School. The experience was so enriching that we decided to go again as soon as we could.
“Whatever you do for the least of these, you do for Me.”
Sr. Caitlin Grant, S.H.M.
Jane Austen begins her famous novel “Pride and Prejudice” with the categorical phrase, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife”. Amplifying the horizons a little, the majority of men – according to the natural order of things – are going to be interested in finding a wife. Taking into account this “universal” phenomenon, Asia is going to face serious difficulties in the coming decades, especially in India and in China. In total, there are more men in Asia then there are women, but the two aforementioned countries in particular are beginning to show signs of what could become a worrisome void in the number of men and women being born. Especially since they are the most densely populated countries in the world, the possibility of facing a considerable crisis will not be a merely local problem.
Hace algo más de un año que el Señor llevó a las Siervas del Hogar de la Madre a Playa Prieta (Ecuador) para que se hiciesen cargo de una escuela destinada especialmente a niños con escasos recursos económicos. En esta zona de Playa Prieta se ha continuado también con el Proyecto de apadrinamientos familiares que ya se venía haciendo en Chone (Ecuador).
"...Socorrer a los necesitados es un deber de justicia aun antes que un
acto de caridad".
(Benedicto XVI. Mensaje de Cuaresma 2008)
When men grow close to God, they discover their brothers' needs because they no longer see the world with selfishness but with charity. Our Lord moves the human heart so that men may not remain indifferent, so that they may not justify their selfishness with the generosity of others, so that they may not say, "No!" when in reality they have too much of everything and no longer know what to do, what to buy, what to have in order to reach the happiness they are seeking in the wrong places. My God, may they not make excuses! May they not make excuses.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007, the Servant Brothers of the Home of the Mother departed for Playaprieta and Chone, Ecuador, the two cities where there are communities of Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother. They went with an apostolic intention, in addition to their intention of working. They were able to attend to the Home of the Mother communities of adults and youth, and work for the missionary projects under construction in these cities.
In Playaprieta, where the Servant Sisters direct a School of 300 students, the brothers worked constructing a floor in the building that will later house volunteers who desire to help the mission.
In Chone, the project of preparing a lot of land to raise livestock, and cultivate fruit trees that will serve as nourishment for the children’s soup kitchens, continues to advance. There the Servant Brothers worked constructing a home that will become the residence of the family who will dedicate themselves to the care for the land.
Continuation from H.M. Magazine 118
The Servant Sisters (Ecuador)
It has been a few days since I ran into a friend that I had not seen in a long time. We greeted each other and talked…At one point in the conversation, she asked me what had happened to the lady who was mentioned in the article in our magazine, entitled “The Final Battle.” Mrs. Carmen was very sick and the enemy had her trapped by a sacriligeous oath, making her uncapable of forgiving her children and letting herself receive forgiveness from God. We had asked for prayers for her. My friend commented that she had been praying a lot for her, for her conversion.
Recently arrived in Chone, Ecuador, the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother were able to play a part in the re-initiation of the Corpus Christi procession, which hadn’t been celebrated for forty years.
We had been in Chone (Ecuador) scarcely two months. Everything was new to us. Every day we learned something else. We were amazed by the way things work. We attended the meetings that were scheduled, preparing and evaluating the different activities that went on in the parish.
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