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India Pilgrimage & Mission
The Servants of Christ Jesus along with three young adult men pilgrimaged and served in India during Summer of 2012. They worked alongside the Missionaries of Charity.
Below is Jonathan Zawada’s reflection on his expereience in India:
One does not have a greater appreciation for his or her belongings, friends, family, and even life itself until a drastic experience of true poverty is encountered. During this past summer I traveled to India with The Servants of Christ Jesus to experience poverty as many do around the world everyday, to serve those in need of service, and to enrich my connection with the Holy Spirit. After about a month in this third world country, these three goals of mine were met and more. As I learned more about the Indian culture and it’s people I began to learn more and more about myself as well. I made sacrifices on so many little things that would be considered simple luxuries here in the U.S., but living without them instilled disciple in my life. Along with the discipline of sacrifice came the discipline of prayer. Never had I experienced such an abundance of prayer until this journey. Prayer is so beautiful and can never cease to amaze me, but at times it became difficult during our trip. A holy hour each day at the beginning of our trip seemed like a burden at first, however as our days came to close in India I found a change in my heart as I fell to my knees begging to get out what was on my heart to the Lord. And there was quite a lot I had to tell Him.
The patients we met during our work in the medical ward of the Missionaries of Charity brought out emotions within me that I have never felt. Whether they were limbless, mentally ill, or physically ill the patients needed more then just someone to take care of them. They needed a friend, a person to give them a smile each day, a person to show them that Jesus is alive within us as servants and that we can pass on His joy through our work. It took me a while to realize that this was the true purpose of our journey. I came in with all these expectations for myself, to get something out this journey for my benefit. But in the end, I had realized it was all for God. In his name we went to India to spread His love and compassion. We preached His words to the sick and needy in action, perseverance, and in sacrifice.
See below for pictures of the trip.