Though most of us are socially isolating ourselves in our communities for our own and others’ safety, few of our fellow Jesuits from the community of St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu, India, venture out to serve the suffering humanity like the gypsies of Devarayaneri. This settlement is on the outskirts of the city and is one of the villages adopted by the college. Since the gypsies make and sell beads and necklaces for their living which they are unable to do now, the Jesuit community decided to provide food provisions worth Rs. 500 each to about 250 families illustrating the Tamil axiom உண்டி கொடுத்தோர் உயிர் கொடுத்தோரே (Food givers are really life givers).
Praying hands and serving hands are both essential to fight the Coronavirus pandemic.