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posted May 2, 2018, 11:40 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 2, 2018, 11:40 PM ]

Story of a priceless Sunday Experience

In today’s hectic and fast-paced world, the most valuable commodity is time. We find that 24 hours are insufficient to fit in everything, which cuts into the time we spend with those we cherish.

Ironically, the people with ample time are the unhappiest, and they are the ones who desire something much more valuable, that is, company. As an essential aspect of service in preparation for the Holy Sacrament, this year’s Confirmation batch at St Andrew Church, Bandra decided to provide company and comfort to the orphans, lepers and elderly at the Mukta Jeevan Ashram (Asangaon), run by the Helpers of Mary.

Besides the confirmandi, the outreach programme was open to the youth too. On Sunday, January 28, we left Bandra at 6:30 am, in a bus bursting with music and joy, and an enriching bonding experience. However, the real treat was still awaiting us at the Ashram.

First, we paid a visit to the Old Age Home. The way the faces of the residents lit up made us feel like the heralds of God Himself. A few minutes of our time traded in for the limitless joy of touching hearts, was a bargain and a half.

Our next stop was the lepers’ treatment centre and residence. To our pleasant surprise, one of the patients entertained us with an impromptu and outstanding performance on the tabla. His ailment did not inhibit him. What we witnessed greatly inspired us, and set us thinking how much we can achieve, even with our individual limitations.