“The Lord hears the cry of the poor”
Friday, September 26th
So today was pretty amazing, God really blessed me with an incredible insight into His love and into the humanity surrounding me.
After a beautiful rosary at the basilica, confession with a Missionaries of Charity Father, God was preparing me for my favorite day thus far, as well as the hardest. Father sent us over to their soup kitchen were we arrived just as everyone was beginning to eat. I got handed a baby that was 5 days old wrapped up so tightly in a blanket you could barely see his face. He was there with his parents, 5 year old brother as well as his 8 year old sister. They were currently homeless after being recently deported and weren’t able to eat any of the food served because they have eaten food from the states for so long they can’t take the Mexican spice. It’s hard to see such a loving family be forced to leave a job and a home and have to try to raise a family with nothing.
After the soup kitchen we headed to Villa Mujers, a home for women, usually older who have mental illness or have been abandoned by family members who no longer want to take care of them. As we walked through, everyone was calling out and longing for us to show them attention, you could tell that all they wanted was love. I knelt and said hola to one lady, and as she held my hand she started telling stories of her mama and papa and tear started streaming out her eyes. It was one of those moments when you don’t know what to do but simply listen. The rest of the time there we spent in the room where the really sick and dying were. Two ladies were so excited to see Craig and just started telling him all these stories. There was one lady that was curled up on the bed next to them, her body bent in weird unnatural positions and nothing but skin clinging to her bones. Holding her hand and listening to her try to talk, but only be able scream was a moment when it took everything inside of me to hold back tears. Life can be so hard to understand.
Next we went to the rehab center and met the priest there. He was so full of love and showed us around. Down stairs there were two boys who had just come off the streets, hooked to IVs. Our hope is that Sunday two of the street kids that we visit will come with us to the rehab center. We went and saw them after leaving and they were so full of love for Craig as he walked up and just excited to see us. I got drilled for about 10 minutes about whether or not I had a boyfriend and how tall he was and if they could fight him. They are always entertaining to talk to and try to understand.
Pray that the boys stay committed to going to rehab today. The whole process is a lot harder than most people think. When you have been on drugs for so long your body doesn’t know how to function without them. The first three days of rehab will most likely be spend throwing up and hooked on an IV to make sure that the body stabilizes. Only through Christ will any of us be able to let go of our addictions big or small and be able to live in in the freedom we were designed for.
Saturday, I was blessed to get to spend time at the Missionaries of Charity here in Mexico. They also have a home for women with disabilities who are sick and dying or have been abandoned by their families. Upstairs is where we spent most of our time, with the babies. There were about 10 of them who were being fed and cared for, most of whom had disabilities; either mental or physical, and all of whom had been abandoned by their families and left on the side of the road. It was such a joy to hold them and get to walk them around the garden outside. Holding Jaime felt so different than a normal child because of his tense body and inability to relax like most children would. He had a constant smile on his face and a look of awe and wonder at everything we looked at. Some of the girls who are in their first few years of preparing to be MCs and consecrate their lives to Christ forever were from the US so it was fun to talk and joke with them and see the love in their eyes for the work they are doing. May God bless their ministry and all those that see the love of Christ through the love that the sisters show to them.
Remember, if we love those in front of us, no one will ever go unloved.