Vulnerable woman carries her ‘home’ in her baby’s buggy

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A woman having some mental problems recently had her baby taken away from her by a care order. She knows that her problems make it difficult for her to take the best care of her baby, but she loves her baby dearly.

“I am devastated”, she told Dr Anna Vella. But the sad story goes on.

“Today I am homeless. I try to find a place where to sleep, eat and rest. I carry with me all my belongings in my baby’s baggy. That’s all I have in the world. I push the baggy and continuously remember my baby.”

This was one of the sad experiences vulnerable people go though, said Dr Vella during the Good Friday special edition of Newsbook Hour broadcast on 103 Malta’s Heart and Newsbook.com.mt

My mother prostituted me

Dr Vella referred to another case of a young woman who was suffering in seeing her mother prostitute herself. She said that she wishes that someday she could tell this mother to stop being a prostitute and love her child.

But then this young woman expressed her very deep pain at the fact that her mother had forced her into prostitution.

The reality is that even this woman lived her life going through a lot of pain that probably none of us can understand, Vella said.

People experience suffering not only during these times as we are facing coronavirus, explained Dr Anna Vella during a discussion on Newsbook Hour on Good Friday led by Fr Joe Borg.

Dr Anna Vella works with vulnerable people including drug addicts, prostitutes and the homeless. She said that during her work she experiences the pain and grief people go through on a daily basis.

Does the Crucifix mean anything?

Fr Joe Borg, who chaired the discussion,  asked Dr Vella about the experience many parents go through when their children are dependent on drugs and feel helpless in front of such pain. Do these people find any solace in the celebration of the Easter Triduum? Vella said that these are painful experiences but people can find help in the fact that there is no pain that has not already experienced by Christ Crucified.

Dr Anna Vella said that during her work she experiences a lot of pain but her work thought her how to love people she never thought she could love.

“These situations and realities show that there is the possibility of a resurrection from what brings us down but it does not mean that the passion and pain leave forever,” stated Dr Vella.

Love requires small actions with a pure heart

Another participant was Carmen Zammit who studied the Gospel of St John as part of her Masters in theology.

She explained the significance of the Passion narrative of the Gospel of St John who does not make a lot of emphasis on the physical suffering as through his Gospel, St John shows a triumphant Christ.

Zammit continues to explain that in his Passion narrative of Jesus Christ St John’s Gospel gives more importance on how God’s mission was accomplished rather than focusing on the physical pain.

She then referred how Christ, as portrayed in the Gospel, gave utmost importance and support to those who were emarginated from society and that He tried to teach us that to love one another does not require great deeds but small actions with a pure heart.  

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