Pilgrim of HopeJanuary 23, 2019
Official Welcome at the Airport of Tocumen, Panama.January 23, 2019
The Holy Father continues to invite us to go out to the peripheries in search of the poorest and because of this, he will visit Hogar San José among the activities of WYD 2019. This home picks up and takes in the sick and abandoned people from the streets of Panama. Currently, there are 58 people living there including children, young people, adults and elderly, who receive love, food and healthcare. It is run by six sisters from the Philippines who are members of the Missionaries of Charity of St. Teresa of Calcutta.
Sister Mística, director of the home, said that this community has reacted with excitement and gratitude because they will be visited by Pope Francis: "This is a blessing for those of us who live in this home.” In this context, she invites young people to "see the joy of consecrated life, to witness and reflect the life of Christ through prayer and action.”
Divine Providence sustains this home through donations accepted from the generous hearts and hands of people and institutions, and thus makes "the sanctification and salvation of the poor" possible. Inspired by the life and thoughts of St. Teresa of Calcutta, her founding mother, Sr. Mística says that "the problem of humanity is not the lack of food but the lack of love"; that is to say, we can do much to help the poorest overcome their situation of poverty to the extent that we are capable of loving, accepting and taking in each person just as they are in their reality.