Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Light the way

Went to Missionaries of Charity with my good friend, Lily, last Sunday. Since moving to Makati 5 years ago, I haven't been there in a long time and it was certainly an eye-opener. Truly, there's no better way to feel blessed and fortunate than visiting babies and children abandoned by their own parents. Or the lolo who was found wrapped in a sack and left for dead in Navotas.

My friend was teary-eyed hearing such stories, seeing the needy, feeling the sadness that hung in the air. As a counterpoint, the volunteers were a cheery lot, exuding true happiness in reaching out to those who desperately need hope and help. Had a fitful time sleeping last Saturday but curiously, I didn't feel that tired driving around and going from the home for the elderly to the orphanage. Going back to the Missionaries of Charity made me realize that I should be helping out more because in my seeming lack, there's plenty to share with others.

to those who want to light the way for others, the missionaries of charity has 18 satellite wards across the country. the main wards are right here in manila, along tayuman street in tondo. as one of the nuns said, they're in most need of people who would be willing to take the time to feed the babies. of course, supplies like bedsheets, pillow cases, blankets, clothes are very much appreciated along with baby formula, medicines and food items.

PS:  Belated birthday greetings to my good friends, D2, Angel & Chic. More blessings!

12 comments:

Iskoo said...

seeing less fortunate people really help us realize that we are blessed and it give us opportunity to strive for more and be a blessing to them. keep it up oggie!

Iskoo said...

by the way i like the color setting you used, the mood agrees with the condition of the building and it makes the composition interesting :)

cruise said...

nung una di ko ma gets bakit yung company namin nag ho hold ng outreach kagaya ng nai kwento mo, siguro para ma realize ng mga empleyado na mas mapalad sila sa mga nasa orphanage para sipagin sa trabaho ;) sa tingin mo? iba talaga feeling kapag nakaktulong ka sa kapwa diba?

Anonymous said...

hello po...

My name is arnie, nakita ko po kasi ung blog nyo bout sa mga trekkings. Gusto ko lang po i-complement yung mga pics ng mga places na napuntahan nyo, they are all really really great. Are you a member of a certain mountaineering organization? Can i sign-up? This is really odd pero interesado po kasi talga ako...

un lang, good day po!

Kindly reply to me at laarns92@yahoo.com

oggie said...

ei cruise/piolo, ikaw talaga bro! saan ka na mahahagilap? salamat for dropping by. do tell me where to get in touch with you.

arnie, mfpi ako. you can click the link under the go explore! portion of this blog. you're welcome to join the organization. btw, sent u a private email on this.

Swamommy said...

I used to volunteer in Tayuman with the Legion of Mary back when I was still single. We would wash clothes and feed the kids suffering from hydrocephalus, wash the dishes and at times, provide entertainment. People can also donate food (especially powder milk and canned goods) to augment the supply of the convent. I miss doing it. I've been putting it off for so long that when I read this entry I just felt a kick in the gut. Thanks for this oggie. By the way, I linked your blog in mine. Hope that's all right. :)

Loyva

oggie said...

hi again loyva! am honored to be linked to your blog :-D will link yours to mine.

tell you honestly, na-guilty ako for not going back to the missionaries of charity in a long time. it's humbling and fulfilling at the same time. siguro, si Lord na rin ang nagtulak sa kaibigan ko na magpasama doon for me to realize it's time i go back.

and tama ka sa sinabi mo, hindi naman pondo lang ang kelangan nila but people who will spare the time to serve others who are in dire need. to wash clothes, blankets, pillows. feed the babies and the elderly. even just talk to them. heck, the babies are in obvious need of human touch.

perhaps the circumstances are telling us to, every once in a while, lend a hand or an ear to these people who seems to be forgotten by their own families. it's also sobering to know that inspite of one's seemingly deep-seated problems, they're trivial compared to the travails and the plight of these people. my friend was near tears seeing them - isang lolo na binalot sa sako at tinapon sa tabi ng daan. isang bata na inintrega ng babaeng hindi nagpakilalang ina nito. the stories are all heartbreaking and true. i guess, it's up to us to extend help :-)

have a blessed day!

Swamommy said...

If you are going back there, please let me know. I would very much like to join you. Thanks so much, Oggie. Your blog is an inspiration. :)

cruise said...

sure i will. pero di muna siguro ako mag bo blog. i'll visit yours every now and then. :)

oggie said...

loyva: sure! i'll tell you when i go back.

cruise: keep in touch bro! congrats kung totoo ngang u tied the knot na :-D have a blessed union

bambo0 said...

good work, you will be blessed in due time.

Ferdz said...

Ang ganda nga ng pagka Sepia ng Picture, bagay sya.

Naranasan ko na rin mag-outreach at nakakatuwa talaga makita ang mga taong nasisiyahan kahit sandali lng sa mga binibigay mong tulong sa kanila.

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