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Jan 28, 2023 Last Updated 4:17 PM, Nov 21, 2022
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In the Encyclical "Fratelli tutti", Pope Francis refers to Admonition 25 of Saint Francis, and highlights the exhortation to love with a love that goes beyond the barriers of geography and space. St. Francis, declares blessed the one who knows how to love the other «both when he is far from him, as when he is next to him». With these few and simple words he explained the essential of an open fraternity, which allows us to recognize, appreciate and love every person beyond physical closeness, beyond the place of the world where he was born or where he lives.

Assisi Social Welfare and Service (ASWAS) is an association founded by the Province "Holy Family" in India, the Congregation of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, with the aim of animating and supporting educational programs and different activities, the development of women, orphan children and the elderly abandoned, within the mission. For ten years, Sr. Sahaya Rani and Sr. Seshu Mary, are engaged in the association, in collaboration with many lay people and some sisters who participate in the different communities.

Once a year the ASWAS Association organizes the "Feast of Solidarity" that brings together the religious authorities, the group leaders, volunteers, the sisters and certainly our beneficiaries. This year the celebration was attended by: Sr. Suni Chacko our Vice Provincial, Sr. Mercy Joseph Kottaramkunnel, superior of the community "Little Flower" Pamarru; and Rev. Fr. Thambi, the pastor of the Catholic Church of Vuyyuru. The sisters who participated in the event were responsible for the animation, giving joy to all!

On the occasion of this feast, March 28, the birthdays of orphaned children were celebrated because no one knows exactly their date of birth; there was also recognition for all children who have been very committed to studying. In addition, the presence of the elderly, the poor and above all the perseverance and fortitude of women who, despite the difficulties, continue to work to create a better life for themselves, for their children and for others, has been valued.

Solidarity is not a feeling of vague compassion or superficial concern for the misfortunes of people, both near and far, on the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good, that is, for the good of all and every person, because we are all children of God and we are responsible for each other.  

Our lives become more and more interdependent because when our neighbour is hurt we too are affected. Through the various planned activities, we offer assistance to our brothers and sisters, who are faced with so many difficult circumstances; to those who are deprived of many possibilities because of social and economic barriers. We have made available all our efforts to alleviate their suffering in this world and restore a smile to their faces. 

The sisters, pierced by the heart of Christ Crucified, draw strength to serve their brothers and sisters, remaining faithful to the charism received and being ready to respond to the needs of the Church: "... we are called to take care of the fragility of people... means taking charge of the present in its most marginal and distressing situation and being able to anoint it with dignity» ... «Everything must be done to protect the condition and dignity of the human person». (Cf. Encyclical Letter "Fratelli tutti" of the Holy Father Francis)


 

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