For the girls, and of course for us, this type of activities open up our heart to other´s people pain and suffering. To the reality that even though we live in our own little perfect place, reality is different. There is real suffering in the world and it is sometimes very near us. Yet is easier to look away, but who would we become if we live our life evading the ugly, or the lonely?
The teachers at school told the girls that we were going to pray the Via Crucis with the elder, and that then they would have to entertain them with their own talent. Us moms who volunteered to go just had to provide them with breakfast.
Their stories... I don´t know them, by looking into their eyes you can see some pain, some resignation, but there is also some light, and hope and love....
Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, 40 days before Easter, for us Catholics, a season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. People might believe that when we talk about fasting it means not eating... but no, fasting can mean giving up anything that we love for Love, or doing good for others even if it hurts.
Catholic or not, I think we can all agree that the world is suffering from a great indifference towards others. We are living in times were the satisfaction of our own desires is what drives society, and unfortunately is making us less and less human.
Pope Francis in his annual Lenten message, described this phenomenon as the globalization of indifference... “whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades.” He continues that, “We end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own.”
“How greatly I desire that all those places where the Church is present may become islands of mercy in the midst of the sea of indifference!” said the Pope.
On that note, The girls´ school planned for our six graders to visit a local Church that takes on old people from nearby poor neighborhoods, and give them a day a week of warmth and hospitality. They count on people that contribute with food, medicines, or just plain and simple time to care for them, and give them some love. And so every Thursday a group of courageous ladies from the Church, gather to care for this group of elders, without and prejudice and eager to give them a smile, arms to hold them, feet to help them walk, and maybe a shoulder to lean on.
I can´t even begin to tell you how much effort I had to put into containing my heart and tears from exploding at seeing the girls give so much love to the ´abuelitos¨... some grabbed the microphone and sang theri heart out solo, all of them put together a song repertoire which they sang like angels, others did gymnastics, they played the cuatro and the flute, did some stand up comedy, and ended up the morning with this massive happy dance! What amazed me the most... or maybe what really got to me the most was seeing how humble they were, how unselfishly they went out there and pour themselves out to them.
It keeps coming back to me how similar old people are from the young, how easily entertained, how full of life they can be, how easy it is to smile at love! It is in us, the not so old and maybe not so young in age, to pray to God to keep our hearts young, to give ourselves to others just for the sake of giving, to be merciful, and graceful, and to teach our children to be better than us... to ¨be¨ a part of this world, to find their smile in the smile of other.
I ended up their morning running inside the Church before driving the girls back to school, to thank God for this amazing chance of again finding happiness in the smile of others, and to help me and my family be an island of mercy in a sea of indifference...
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Hi! my name is Carolina Perisse de Rico, I am a stay at home architect with the biggest project ever... my girls! The oldest is 16, then I have an 14 year old, and my miracle baby who is 6. Glad you are here, hope you stay a while!
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