A journey of faith is exactly what I am experiencing as a Hospice volunteer. Since I joined the Madre de Amor Hospice Foundation in 1994, all of the patients I was assigned to visit taught me lessons that helped me grow in my faith. Being a Hospice volunteer helped me a lot in cultivating a closer relationship with my Creator, my fellowmen, as well as with my inner self.
To be able to visit my patients and their families, to be able to look with sympathy into the pain mirrored in their eyes, to be able to reach out and touch them, to say hopeful words of assurance that God’s love is real and full of compassion, to be able to verbalize for them thoughts that otherwise would remain unspoken, all these were opportunities for me to encounter the “distressing disguise of Christ” in the person of each of my dying patients, who were “ the least of my brethren.”
Because of the spiritual opportunities Hospice work is giving me, I hope to remain a hospice volunteer for as long as my strength and health will permit me. The journey of faith continues…..