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    Sister Anastasia, Jeevan Jyothi Hospice

    India | 7 Nov 2017

     

    ENRICHING MEMORIES OF BROTHER JAMES Allow me to walk back on my memory lane. It was in the 1970s and I was part of the Presentation Community in Theni, The Holy Redeemer Hospital to be specific. One day, while I talking with one of our Sisters, she suddenly broke off and remarked, “Look, there comes Brother James!” The picture I saw was not only a first impression but a very strong and influencing and defining one: I saw a sick child being carried in for treatment not by its mother but by a lanky foreigner, Brother James. The mother was following behind him. The care, concern and unlimited commitment revealed by this simple act got etched indelibly in my mind and became a defining factor for my urge to serve. From the year 2000 onwards, the Presentation Sisters in Theni had launched our service to people affected by HIV/AIDS. In the year 2002, we had on our hands two children orphaned through the HIV monster. I had to house them somewhere. My immediate thought was of Brother James. Lo and behold, Brother James said, “The beds are all occupied, there is no place”. Not to be deterred, I blurted out, “But Brother, you have such spacious buildings. Can’t you find space for these two small ones?” He broke out into a broad laughter and appreciative of my insistence, told me, “Come and put them here tomorrow”. And I did and it was the small beginnings for a longer and stronger bond in the service to the poor and the suffering, especially people living with HIV/AIDS. He happened to pose a challenging question to me in later days asking me if I was ready to be involved head on in rendering help to people who were HIV/AIDS infected and affected. It left me thinking deeper and deeper. And the result of my assent is the birth of Jeevan Jyothi Hospice, offering life and light to those in doubt, dilemma, dishonour, discrimination and indignity wrought by the HIV manacles thanks to Brother James. The depth of his total personal care was such that he would detect even a shade of worry in my face and address it immediately, asking, “Why such a sad face? Are you worried about financial problems? Trust Divine Providence. If you need any help you can ask me”. Ask I did and help he did. The words of comfort and confidence that flowed from his words and service to the poor and the suffering helped me to bond myself better to the continued service. From the year 2003 onwards, he would find time to visit Jeevan Jyothi Hospice on alternate Sundays and we used to have discussions/sharings over a cup of tea. It was mutual, the give and take: if we got infected children in our outreach programme, we would put them in RTU’s Children’s Village and the sick children from RTU would be admitted to Jeevan Jyothi Hospice. Such an understanding gelling on our committed service! What makes him stand tall is his compulsive concern for the poor, the sick and especially children. He was a Godsend for me personally. He defined in no unmistakable terms what service is all about and coming to know him has strengthened me in my commitment as a professed religious and in my chosen commitment for service to the suffering and the poor. One may lose corporal sight of him but the spirit he has imbibed in us and in me specifically is everlasting and ever energizing making his presence felt: he is in sight always, though he be absent. He has left indelible marks through his nobility, simplicity and solicitousness. It will guard us on and guide us as indispensible principles in the rugged path of selfless service. His memory lives on, ever fresh and ever refreshing. Sr Anastasia Jeevan Jyothi Hospice

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  • Dear Friends/Family, I would like to share a contribution page with you which has been created in the $bookTitle$ book. To view the page please click on the following link: $findContributionLink$ Online Book for Brother James Kimpton https://www.theonlinebookcompany.com/OnlineBooks/Kimpton/Contributions/Find/India/brotherarockiadossfsc
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    Brother Arockia Doss, FSC

    | 8 Nov 2017

     

    HE CAN ONLY BE EXPERIENCED. How could one describe this Brother? All the vocabularies in the world are incapable of defining who he was. For HE CAN ONLY BE EXPERIENCED. The children in RTU experienced him as their visible guardian angel. For all of them he was a demi-god. For the foster mothers, he was a man who helped to find meaning for their ruined lives. For the staff of RTU, he gave job-satisfaction. So proud they are, to be united with RTU. For the villagers around he was a builder and a great water diviner. He was Mother Teresa for the lepers. He was a solace and refuge for the sexagenarians and octogenarians. All these are one man’s incarnation without any coronation. Brother helped me to resurrect from a lost life to lively and meaningful life. He was a God-sent councillor. RTU was my Parmenie and Brother was what Sr Louise was for De La Salle. When I came to him completely shattered, he helped me reconstruct my life. I owe everything I have now, to him. He was my master-builder and good shepherd. When I was admitted to the hospital, he sent a message, "Doss, don’t worry, I have asked my guardian angels to take care of you". On return, I went to thank him. He smiled and said and they would be with me, even after his death. I told him, in that case, I will have four. He smiled and said “be happy”. Today my prayer to him is that his guardian angels should continue to take care of RTU. I only wish that I may be allowed to teach as guest teacher, whenever I find time and to guide all my present and future children of RTU. Thank you very much Thatha, I LOVE YOU STILL. Br. Arockia Doss, FSC

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