by Sr. Noeleen Mooney, MMM  Ireland  24.10.2021

elderlyThe Healing Charism is a gift I have been given.  It comes with responsibility.It involves
Coaxing – that those who feel they can’t, because of age or infirmity, may discover that they can, with just a little help.        Can I give it?
Compassion – when ears don’t hear, and news and views become distorted and entangled.
Can I untangle, gently?

Patience – with slowing minds, hesitant steps and much repetition of phrases, stories, experiences.
Can I listen with the ear of the heart?
Accompanying – long hours in Emergency Departments or waiting for hospital appointments.  Here reassurance is of paramount importance, especially in the face of the unknown or the painful.
Can I sit quietly, yet be fully alert?
Being watchful – for the glasses that go astray; for the book that keeps moving; for the puzzled look that might indicate a wrong floor or room.  For a forgetting of where I was heading or even who you are. Can I smile, redirect, reassure and just be there?
Will all this help me in my declining years?  Thankfully that is shrouded in mystery, and the unfolding is a day-by-day gift of life at its most vulnerable yet most precious.
“You want to be Christ’s disciples: then do not count the cost….  Nothing, even death, can separate you from Him in whom you are rooted and founded.”   MMM Constitutions.

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