PDDM breaks bread in time of Crisis
“For weeks now it has been evening. Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets and our cities; it has taken over our lives, filling everything with a deafening silence and a distressing void, that stops everything as it passes by; we feel it in the air, we notice in people’s gestures, their glances give them away. We find ourselves afraid and lost.” – Pope Francis (Urbi et Orbe 2020)
It has been months since the whole world faces this COVID-19 crisis. This affects everyone: no schools, no offices, no works. Churches are closed and everybody is just confined at home but still many are crying for help. On this fight against the invisible enemy, we identified our brothers and sisters in the front line and we called them “front liners”. They are our doctors, nurses, other medical staff, janitorial staff, food attendants, law enforcers, drivers, those in the market / supermarkets and pharmacies, and those in the local government unit.
In responding to the present needs of the people, the PDDM Phil-Taiwan-Hongkong Province resolved to reach out in contemplation and in action. This is the time when we break bread with God’s people and be near to them in ways that are possible. We intensify our prayers before the Eucharistic Master, begging God’s healing power to touch this affliction. The Provincial Superior of Philippine-Taiwan-Hongkong Province, Sr. M. Anthony Basa, encouraged every community in the province to do their own initiatives to help. Creativity and collaboration become spontaneous to every sister in the community. Some of our communities sewed face masks and distributed them for free. Some distributed soap and hand sanitizer, rice, toiletries and other available goods for those in need. Some communities provided food for the homeless, for medical and staff of hospitals like PGH (Philippine General Hospital) and Philippine Orthopedic Center. Sr. M. Anthony also took the initiative to create a group for communication with some doctors so as to update about their situation and to give them also the assurance of our prayerful support. The whole PTH province is grateful to each one and to those who generously shared their resources to us so that we can give them to those who are in need. Each sister in the Province has truly become like a ‘lighted candle’ before the Eucharistic Master as she offers her prayer for every one especially at this time of great crisis.
May this humble help be a source of God’s light, hope and love to everyone who longs to see the face of God in the world facing the lot of COVID 19. May we be strengthened and increase in faith.
See link for the prayer offered for our frontliners. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy6kxMwb3L4&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1KrdouxvVhGN5MuekmQQBxMlcwBIDTVw4n1grXqYEQQxtWztYxuy8m89E