“As the Easter celebrations draw near, I am more keenly aware of how many parallels of the crucifixion and the resurrection we find in the lives of the children and adults whom we serve.
Hunger without hope for sufficient food, weariness without hope for a place to rest in peace, sickness without hope for healing are the nails
of the cross of poverty. Unfulfilled dreams because of lack of educational opportunities, fear and pain because of crime and violence, and loss of hope and trust in adults, who are abusive and neglectful, are the nails of the cross children carry, who have been deprived of loving parental care. Suffering, enduring physical and emotional pain is a universal human condition we all experience at one moment or another in our lives. For those of us who are rooted in our faith, seeing Christ on the cross can help us to endure our own sufferings, hearing about Mary watching
her son dying on the cross can help us in accepting better Fortunately, the story does not end here. Christ resurrects on the third day ecoming the light of the world. Watching our children after they join our NPH family is often observing their resurrection. Within time, the burden of the children’s crosses give way to hope in life, a life where basic needs are met, opportunities to develop abound and where children can regain trust in themselves and in others.
Most importantly, they can grow in their faith and become a light to others. Of course, it is easy for me to just say this but the proof is in the words of young adult Pequeños/as who recently answered the question: “What does NPH mean to you?”
Here are a few examples representative of many answers:
“For me, NPH means family, security, a new beginning, opportunities and spiritual, professional and emotional development.”
“NPH is my family, and it has been my family since I was four years old. And it will be to the end (of my life). NPH is an example of God’s love for us, his children, put into practice by Father Wasson, an instrument of God’s love.”
“NPH is a second chance in life that no one else can give you the way NPH does, because here (at NPH) you know that you can achieve your dreams and goals, it is only up to you to fulfill them.”
“NPH means to me love, and the opportunity to change the way of life I used to have.”
I wish you a blessed Easter Celebration and thank you for being a light in the world of our children.”