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.
Each day of Lent, as I meditate on the stories of Noah, Job, the Israelites, the Roman official, the prodigal father, the lost coin, the Pharisee and publican — the story of the lime plant flashes through my mind.
Lockdown helped me discover the growth of "other-centeredness" in most of the people as a whole. And as nature is cleansed, our life, too, began to return to a gentle, nurturing atmosphere.
The Pious Disciples of the Divine Master began holistic health ministry in India some 20 years ago as another branch of their charism, liturgical apostolate. The nuns say the treatment is person-oriented, that every person is sacred.
Sr. Meena Dias, a member of the Sisters of Holy Family of Nazareth, serves at St. Xavier's Academy, an institution under the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman that serves people with disabilities in India.