My name is Sr. Melissa Schill and I am a Postulant in the Congregation of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. I am currently at St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham Massachusetts on a six month ministry experience.
I have recently completed twelve hours of Dementia training at our facility. While I was doing Lectio Divina on this Sunday’s gospel reading, Sept. 6, 2015 I was reminded of our ministry with our Dementia and other residents and its connection to the Gospel. This Gospel speaks about how God healed the deaf man, including his speech impediment. I thought how wonderful he must have felt to hear Jesus for the first time and to speak so that others could understand him.
I was also reflecting on the residents we care for and some their communication difficulties. Many have hearing problems and some also have speech impediments due to various conditions. Residents with Dementia are especially vulnerable to communication problems. Since Jesus is not here with us on earth to heal them I thought of how we need to really listen to them in order to understand them like Jesus would. Jesus would make our residents feel at home with us and not lost in the background due to communication difficulties. So this Sunday as we read Jesus healing the deaf mute I will be remembering how all of us are important and are children of our heavenly Father.