What is Christmas, if the true spirit of Christ is not shared with someone special! The desire to bring joy to many hearts drew us Sisters of Kallanode Community to celebrate Christmas with seven poor widows who live alone the local parish.

This was something different from their usual celebrations. These widows were overjoyed at the thought of being someone’s guest this Christmas season and they expressed their longing to be with the Sisters and others. A friendly atmosphere was created as each one arrived to feel at home after which they were invited to share a little bit about themselves to the group. Perhaps, sharing life stories created a deep sense of oneness among the women since all of them could resonate with each other’s life.

The plight of these widows is often taken for granted, especially by some of their children. Yet, they forgive and let go and in return love their children. Almost everyone expressed that the most difficult part of their life is the deep feeling of being “left out”.

A high tea party added much flavor to the celebration and after that the women were invited to sing songs and the Sisters also joined in. The Sisters were moved with joy to see these women coming alive in their own rhythms. Some of them expressed that they felt relieved and comforted during the sharing. There was so much joy all around. These widows were extremely grateful to the Sisters for sharing Christmas with them and making a difference in their lives.

Sisters of Kallanode were also privileged to share Christmas with a poor neighborhood family and coworkers with a delicious meal where all felt like a family. Old carols and devotional songs swayed everyone in the true spirit of Christmas. They were amazed at a Hindu coworker who not only joined in but also initiated the Christmas carols. It was indeed a very unique Christmas for the Sisters in Kallanode.

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