«Nirmal Hriday»

Today, I visited a home for the dying "Nirmal Hriday" which in Hindi means "pure heart."

 

In 1952 Mother Teresa opened the first home for dying people. Later, similar institutions came to be known as hospices.

 

One day Mother Teresa picked up a dirty sick person off the street. A man that had crawling lice and jumping fleas. His body had such a stench that no one wanted to be near him. Mother Teresa began to clean the lice off of him. "Why are you doing this?" - he asked. "Because I love you" Mother Teresa simply replied, continuing her work. The man's eyes filled with tears, and he said: "Praise be to Jesus in the person of Mother Teresa." "No, I praise Jesus in your face - corrected Mother Teresa.- "It is you, not I, that shares in His suffering. Right now Jesus is experiencing suffering through you". The face of the dying man brightened when he realized that he was loved. Mother Teresa said: "There is something that these people need even more than food and a roof over their head: an understanding that they are needed by someone, and loved by someone. They understand that even if they have only a few hours left to live, they are loved. Lord, make us worthy to serve people around the world who live and die in poverty  and hunger."

Right next to the house for the dying is a temple of the Hindu goddess Kali. Hindu's consider Kali as the goddess of death and destruction, and thousands of people come to worship her, sounds and songs are heard from the temple, all kinds of decorations are sold there, hundreds of images of goddesses in the form of a black face with a red tongue, which means that her tongue is in the blood of animal sacrifices and at the same time at the home for the dying a cross can be seen on which Jesus was crucified with the words: "I thirst." I remember the place of scripture so clearly in Matthew 25:31-46, where Jesus says: "For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in: naked, and you clothed me: I was sick, and you visited me: I was in prison and you came to me and the King will answer them. verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of these my brethren, you did it to me." My dream is to serve at the home for the dying, to serve Jesus in the face of these people, along with the sisters of mercy. I pray for the right time, for doors to open and God's arrangement.

© Healing By Love, 2019