The Human Touch

The Human TouchRecently, I had an experience I want to share with you.  I was entertaining a group of visitors from Peru.  They are very involved in philanthropic ventures in Peru and when I shared with them what we are doing at Most Holy Theotokos Rescuer of the Perishing, they wanted to visit.  So, I gave them a tour.  During the tour, one of the residents, an elderly woman kept reaching out to touch the hand of one of the visitors.  One of them, a doctor, took her hand in his  and sat down next to her.  Mind you, he spoke no English and she spoke no Spanish.  However, they communicated on a profound level.  He smiled at her and asked her through an interpreter about her life.  Her eyes lit up and she regaled us with the story of her life.  It was a very moving experience for all of us, the highlight of the visit in fact.

I share this with you because the majority of residents at such elder care facilities are isolated and have no one with whom to talk or share life.  They get up in the morning, eat their breakfast, take their medications, but have little human interaction.  Those of us who are involved with Most Holy Theotokos Rescuer of the Perishing plan to change that.  Our elderly loved ones deserve this.  Of course, we will meet their physical needs but we will strive, God willing, to meet their spiritual needs.  They are our family.  We will strive to treat each and every one of them as we would treat our own mother or father.  We believe this is what the Gospel demands of us.

An important part of meeting their spiritual needs includes making a deeply human connection with them.  Please pray for the success of our endeavors.