SPIRITUAL CARE : MINISTERING TO THE SICK

 

My experience of illness ( Iwas diagnosed with cancer last year) has tranformed me and changed my way of ministering to the sick. I hear many people of faith say that God allows some bad things to happen but that was not applicable in my case. I was with a patient recently who was just diagnosed with cancer. She was as upset as I was; she asked many questions of her faith as I did. I sat very calmly and peacefully as I listened to her groaning, grief and fears. At the end of the visit she said, I am surprised at your peacefulness. I am sure you have encountered many people with this kind of story.” I said yes. I told her that I have an idea of what she is going through because I have been there myself. With this she gave a sigh of relief as if to say ‘I can also make it.’ Just before Christmas, I was on-call for the Spiritual Care department for the hospital where I work. As I was in the hospital I got a message from my brother that his wife just died. I cried and wept with no one to console me except Jesus in the tabernacle whom I ran to. As I was crying, my pager went off. It was a nurse calling for a chaplain for a family of a patient who had just died.Here I was grieving for my loss and the Lord was calling me to be with a grieving family. After letting my tears flow at the foot of Jesus, I felt the grace and power of God urging me on to go and be with this family. I was surprised by what happened. I felt the powerful presence of God in that room as I prayed with the family. We prayed and called on our Lady of sorrows to be at the foot of our crosses as she was at that of Jesus. Mary was very much present in the room. I became aware in a special way why our lady is given the title of the comforter of the afflicted. It is because she ministers to us from her experience of loss.As I reflect on these incidents, I think of St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2 Cor. 1:3-4). Is it not so true that the best way we can minister to others is from our own pains. I bless the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who refreshes us in the Eucharist as a wounded healer so we can minister to others.

 

Sr. Joana Madu

 

Youth Ministry

 

 

 

Sisters of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus community in Halifax also dedicate themselves to the teaching of the Faith through the education of young people, particularly in the field of catechesis. To this end, the Sisters take on all works connected with religious education including teaching, participating in youth retreats, and other types of apostolic work that involves the passing on of the Catholic Faith.

 

 

 

 World Youth Day

 

 

 

The Sisters particpated in the activities of World Youth Day-2002 by attending the Mass at the Basilica for all the youth. The Sisters played African music at St. Pius X parish during the reception for the youth in our area.

 

 

 

 

 

        

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Visitation

As part of our Eucharistic spirituality the sisters visit people in their homes especially the sick. They also visit nursing homes.  Our aim is to somehow share the love of God with these people so they do not feel alone.