A Helping Hand

Dr. Dan Jacob, an ear, nose, and throat specialist from Louisiana, attended his first Helping Hand Medical Mission last fall and plans to make three of the four scheduled missions next year. For him it was a life-changing event.

“For all of us (doctors from Louisiana) it was a completely magnificent and wonderful experience,” he said. “We went with the thought of giving of ourselves, and we did. But what we got back in return so far exceeded what we gave; we were the ones who received.”

He was touched by the faith and kindness of the people, who have tiny, two-room houses, no running water for bathing or washing clothes, and no regular medical care.

“If they have to wait all day to see you, they would wait all day and still be grateful,” he said. “It makes you realize how much the things you have are impediments to your spiritual well-being.”

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his Angelus address August 30, 2020.

Pope Francis: The Path to Holiness Requires Spiritual Combat

Reflecting on Sunday’s Gospel, the pope said that “living a Christian life is not made up of dreams or beautiful aspirations, but of concrete commitments, in order to open ourselves ever more to God's will and to love for our brothers and sisters.”