Jesus gave us a beautiful gift in the Works of Mercy. He clearly told us how we are to treat others. By doing so he also taught us an important lesson and one that is highly needed in our world today filled with violence and hatred. He instructed us to value above all else those on the peripheries of society.

The Sisters desired to reach out to the factory workers in those peripheries and after meeting Yann Defond, a French missionary, who for the past 8 years has been living with, advocating for and teaching the factory workers of Cambodia, they were privileged to be allowed to hold a meeting with the workers  in his rented room.

On June 19, sisters, volunteer, oratory leaders and staff entered their lives for a brief but lasting moment. To mark the first encounter the sisters and students had prepared an arts and crafts project to create a paper picture frame. Seeing that people were rather cautious in approaching, the Sisters took the initiative to go to the people. They walked through the rows of rooms, introducing themselves. More people came. The occasion was joyous and filled with laughter and casual chit chat.

 After more than 20 workers had completed the craft, Sister Maria shared with them a reflection on the lasting impact of true happiness. So many people were listening that many had to stand in the doorway because there was no more space in the house.
Everyone was sad to part. But relationships were made and hopefully in the future they will flourish.

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