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Life Shared

Work Exposure of novices at MAHER

 

A home for battered, exploited, destitute women and children, a home of belonging, freedom and love, a home for sharing and caring, for peace and reconciliation, for unity in diversity, for human growth and village development.

LOVE CAN DO ANYTHING, ANYTIME

"How can I thank you enough most loving precious loving Lord; how can I praise you enough."

I am grateful to God and my sisters for sending us for this exposure programme to Maher. 'Maher' is a Marathi word which means 'Mothers home' whoever comes and goes from here feels the same. It is really very true as I experienced there staying there for two weeks. I felt it to be a real mother's home where we experience love, concern, kindness, sensitivity, happiness, joy, affection, fun and so on.....

I am taken up by the selfless and tireless service of all the staff. Their enthusiasm, zeal, ever ready, to do anything at anytime. I am also touched by patient's love, affection, sensitivity, patience, good spirit and concern towards each other. They are so simple people and it taught me to be simple and humble. The first few days of my stay over there had discouraged me and I had so many doubts as to what sort of experience I was going to have. I was so disappointed. But there was a turning point in my life when Sr. Lucy Kurian, belonging to the Congregation of the Sisters of the Cross, Chavanod, came to see us, she told us that we were not there only to serve and work but we were there to love them. She asked us if we could love them…

Bastin saldhana

 

LOVE FOR GOD AND GOD'S PEOPLE

My faith in God has been strengthened. Though the inmates belonged to various religions there was no difference but a lot of unity prevailed among them. I felt as brothers and sisters in God. I listened to the life struggles of people and consoled them. I was able to impart my love and receive their love too. It is very true that love does not see the outside appearance but it sees the heart of the people. I experienced God's love and presence in them. This experience made me to become a lovable person, to be more generous, to sacrifice my life for the others and to be able to approach anyone without inhibition.

Jackuline Savarimuthu

 

THE POWER OF LOVE

The day before leaving for the work exposure I received the news about the death of my grandfather whom I loved so much. After receiving this news I had lost my interest and heavy hearted I left for the work exposure to Maher. We reached Maher on 9th Dec. at 11AM and as we were getting down from the vehicle a patient came and embraced me, I too embraced her and patted her back. When she hugged me I went through a strange feeling which I cannot express in words. Suddenly a thought passed my mind why me and not others?

My faith in God has been strengthened. Though the inmates belonged to various religions there was no difference but a lot of unity prevailed among them. I felt as brothers and sisters in God. I listened to the life struggles of people and consoled them. I was able to impart my love and receive their love too. It is very true that love does not see the outside appearance but it sees the heart of the people. I experienced God's love and presence in them.

Shanti Priya

 

LOVE IS PATIENT

I take this opportunity to thank God and my sisters for allowing me to go through this wonderful experience. I am challenged by this experience and it made me to reflect deeply as to how could I be an instrument of God.

M- A home away from home where one experiences motherly care and concern.

A- Affection is poured on everyone who lives here.

H- Humble way of approaching and dealing with patients.

E- All are treated equally as God wishes to treat us.

R- Resource centre for love and humanness.                                                         

In the kingdom of heaven there is no poor or rich. As I glance through the exposure programme these words constantly ring into my ears. In the beginning I found it hard to speak to them and understand their language but after we met Sr. Lucy Kurian everything became easy because she told us that we were there only to love them. If only we know the language of love then everything becomes easy and this is what I adapted. I began loving them and started to give my listening ear to their heart breaking stories as well as assured them of my prayerful support with a gentle touch or pat at their back. Here I was reminded of St.Francis… I gave my ear to them to listen to their pain and struggles my heart too moved and I was able to reach out to them without any hesitation. I ran to Jesus and began to plead Him to bless them.

"Love bears all things, believes all things hope all things, and endures all things."  [1Corn.13:17]

 S.Pramila

 

LOVE GIVES LIFE

"If only you would love enough you would be the happiest and most powerful being in the world."Emmet Fox''

I highly appreciate and admire the person of Sr.Lucy Kurian whose heart is so big and wide to embrace anyone lost and neglected but loved by God. Her love for every individual is so unique. Initially I felt worthless coming to Maher for two weeks of work exposure programme because we had no work to do but after meeting Sr.Lucy my whole idea changed. She told us that they got everything one way or the other whether they are here or on the street only one thing they lack and that is LOVE so, we were there only to love them. These words of Sr.Lucy pierced through every particle of my body and from then on my thinking, my way of seeing things, my way of relating with them and interaction with the inmates had changed. I began to love and admire each person without hesitation and seeing God wonderful creation in them. It gave me a lot of joy and satisfaction. Once I started to embrace them in love I was reminded of St.Francis of Assisi who embraced the leper. I found meaning in what I was doing

I do appreciate the staffs who give themselves without counting any cost, with much zeal, vigour and enthusiasm. They have inspired me personally to give myself tirelessly and totally. This experience has helped me in many ways to be a different person. I take this opportunity to express my deep felt gratitude to all the sisters and my companion for their prayerful support.                                                                                        

    Sujatha Mali