Lissy Maruthanakuzhy is a member of the worldwide Congregation of the Daughters of St. Paul, founded in Italy by Blessed James Alberione in 1915, and is committed to proclaiming Christ through social communications. She directs a bookshop, Pauline Book & Media Centre, managed by her congregation at Panaji, capital of Goa, a western Indian state. For eight years she was the editor of Pauline Publications in Mumbai. She was a correspondent for South Asian Religious News and Union of Catholic Asian News before becoming a correspondent of Matters India. She also contributes to local periodicals.
A Place to Call Home - Three Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary work with about 1,600 migrants, mostly tribal women of various religions, in the state of Goa, India's tourism hub.
Living with this kind of willingness to "let go" is one of the greatest challenges we all face in life. We hold onto many things: a person dear to us, our accumulated insignificant possessions, or our own fame. It's difficult to let go of them.
We had found excuses, justifying our way of living in the midst of people yet away from them. Then, we began our new project in September, and every family welcomed us with much joy and spent time in conversation with us.
Every person who walks in brings new experiences and realizations. Youth, consecrated persons, parents, wives, husbands, street vendors — all remind me of the value of a God-centered person's availability.