- The Catholic Church in India is set to celebrate Corpus Domini on Sunday. For
the occasion, the Archdiocese of Mumbai has decided to give the Sisters of
Mother Teresa the task of the Eucharistic adoration. The latter run the Asha
Dan (Gift of hope), a hostel for the disabled, poor and sick.
nuns, praying is a source of strength needed to pursue their very difficult
work," Fr Anthony Charanghat told AsiaNews. The decision to give The Missionaries of Charity this responsibility "reflects
the current trend of emphasising only the Eucharist's social dimension," said
Fr Charanghat, who is the director of the diocesan weekly The Examiner.
the Archdiocese of Mumbai highlights what Benedict XVI said yesterday during the
of Corpus Domini, namely that "it is wrong to oppose the celebration
and adoration," because they are "two aspects, that are connected, of the
mystery of the Eucharist."
Asha Dan is
in Byculla, a Mumbai neighbourhood. It is run by 12 Sisters of Mother Teresa. It
has two buildings and is host to about 400 people, including children aged 2 to
8 suffering from physical and mental disabilities. Police also bring to the
hostel women with HIV/AIDS and their kids, as well as others to take them off
and wash them," said Sister M. Joyal, one of the missionary at the hostel. "We change
their bed sheets, wash their clothes and give them medications. We give them the
same respect we would give Jesus. They are all dying, but when the time comes,
they can smile because they know that God loves them."
died among the poor, the oppressed, the unwanted and the needy," said Sister Magdelita,
Asha Dan's superior. "We find the strength to serve these people in prayer and
daily adoration. In them, we see Jesus. Through our service, we let them be
witness of God's love."