By Kelsi H.
I’ve been asked, on more than one occasion during my two weeks here in New York, what the best thing about the orientation program has been. I have been unable to reduce the experience to just one good thing. There were so many!!!
That being said, orientation has been, more than anything, a learning experience for me. In two short weeks I have learned to love people, with no conditions, just as they are. To seek first the God-given dignity in each person that I encounter. But, most importantly, I have learned to gaze upon the suffering of humanity in a new light. I have come to understand that to offer our suffering to the Lord, to add it to his own, is to share also in His suffering and become more deeply united with our eternally crucified Christ.
I feel that, in their own way, each person I’ve encountered during orientation has taught me some sort of lesson. As I prepare to leave for India today, I am truly sad that I will be leaving them behind, but am forever grateful for the kindness and sincerity that I have been shown by each and every day.
I would like to thank everyone in the Brooklyn house, all of the people at the ICCC, and my fellow trainees for making this two weeks of orientation one of great joy. I will never forget it.