• November 20, 2013

A New Gaze upon a Suffering Humanity

(L-R) Kelsi, Brittany,
Jennifer and Maria

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.

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