Argentina – With the heart of Jesus and the face of Mary: "The pandemic has taught us to value more what we have to give to others"

09 June 2020

(ANS - Rosario) - In Rosario, Mary dresses as a Help of Christians. The Salesian community of the Sacred Heart of Jesus accompanies the families of Ludueña and Barrio Industrial in this socio-health-related emergency. Latin America is now the continent with the highest number of sick people; Brazil is second for the highest number of infected and deceased people due to Covid-19. In Argentina, 23,620 cases of infection have so far been confirmed, 693 dead, with 7,305 people healed; thus, the quarantine has been extended until 28 June and, meanwhile, poverty continues to increase.

The pandemic has taught us to make the most of what we have to give to others," explains Angélica Gonchay, of the "San Cayetano" refectory. And this situation can be clearly seen in the Barrio Industrial and Ludueña districts, close to where the Salesian work stands in the northwest area of ​​the city of Rosario.

In just a few months, the social canteens have multiplied, bringing a plate of food to the table for many people who currently suffer much due to their not having jobs.

People have begun to organize themselves to give answers,” says Claudia De Gottardi, Director of the "Father Edgardo" school.

There are many people who, every day, seek donations to fill social pots, food banks; people who donate their time and their efforts to cook, serve, assist with motherly love those who approach carrying their needs on their shoulders.

Each of those we meet is, and we ourselves are, a suffering Christ,” indicates Claudia. “The Easter of Jesus gives a new and profound meaning to who we are and what we do.”

The presence of the suffering Christ is evident in that context, in the brothers and sisters of the neighborhood. And on the silent, gentle, yet present journey, there is also Mary Help of Christians.

There are "many Marys in the neighborhood who are the example of many women," says Agustina Díaz Gonález, Coordinator of the Salesian Youth Movement in the Ludueña neighborhood.

Mary, who from her trust in God knew how to give herself generously to the service of others, is the one who today more than ever helps, rescues, watches over her children in danger; who embraces and supports in the educational and maternal presence, typical of Don Bosco's Preventive System, which many live and transmit in their works "Domingo Savio" and "Vicaria Sagrado Corazón".


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