Yesterday was the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which is an important day to us “Cabrini Sisters,” who are really called and understand ourselves to be Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This is a time when we Missionary Sisters and our Lay Missionaries recommit ourselves to God and to the service of God’s people. It is a time of celebration wherever we are in the world.
The children at the Hostel worked all week on writing songs and preparing dramas for some of the parables. They wrote songs about God’s love, and did nice dancing to go along with their projects. They then led the activities for all of our staff and the other people who live near by and love to pray and celebrate God. They were wonderful and God’s love for them and theirs for him were palpable.
It was a very blessed and grace-filled day. We hung a black African Jesus in each of the dorms. And we ended by having a big celebration- a barbecue where we also ate cake and ice cream. I think it may have been the first time the children had ever had ice cream. All the staff at Cabrini Ministries were also invited and enjoyed the day very much.
I am such a fortunate person to be allowed to work with these kids and to help normalize their lives a bit by the ministries we do here. Without the help of so many people we could never do this. Thanks to everyone for caring about these children in Swaziland.
I also want everyone to know that the children in the NY Times feature by Nic Kristof, as well as five other children that Mr. Kristof interviewed while he was here, have all had their new uniforms purchased for them. They should be wearing them by Monday.
Blessings, Sr. Barbara