Thursday, March 15, 2018

Be Kind

by Ma Fe Corazon Arienza

Good morning everyone! CPE taught me that the fountain of any relationship must spring up in the heart. And because today's the end of our 10 weeks stay as associate chaplains here in Philippine Heart Center, this heart of mine is feeling the separation anxiety.

Nonetheless, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the patients who welcomed our presence in every on-call duty that we had and in every round that we did for our mini-parish. You did a lot of help to us than we to you. In every pain and struggle that you shared with us, you taught us how to care, and to be kind and to love unconditionally. You taught us how to value our stories and embrace and appreciate what we have. More than that, you enabled us to meet God in the flesh everyday.

To all the doctors, nurses and staff, thank you for accommodating us and for being our link with the patients.

To all of us gathered today, let the words of Mother Teresa, "Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile" stay within our hearts and radiate through our actions. And so with this, I would like to make an appeal. In every difficult person we encounter, be kind; for every patient we attend to, be kind; for those who are suffering from loneliness, be kind and for those who are on the process of finding themselves, be kind, for in every human being we meet is Christ. So be kind.

What we are having today is just a  culmination of the CPE program but not our learnings. For us the brave hearts family, what we have learned through this journey will have no end.  WE wll carry these experiences with us ad wull continue to be God's heart and body here on earth that others may expeirnece God's goodnes as well through us. Isang mapagpalang umaga po sa ating alahat. Maraming salamat po!

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