- Forty youngsters from Hanuman Nagar, which lies parallel to the railway tracks and is situated a mile away from Kalyan railway station, then pitched in to provide chilled water and juice to these commuters. ... Despite the heat that scorched her feet, 11-year-old Saraswati Vesangi provided water to troubled commuters and she said, "I won't get such an opportunity to help people again." ... They [have] decided to continue their services [for four more days that repairs are scheduled]. "We will take a day off from our job and distribute water to people. The satisfaction on tired commuters' faces after drinking a glass of water has been inspiring to us," said Avinash Bhosale, another volunteer.
With that on my mind, I checked email this morning. My mother sent me a copy of letter that she has just printed and hand-delivered. This is that letter, reproduced verbatim:
- The Sr. Superior
Sisters of St Aloysius Gonzaga
Dear Sr. Superior,
Around 7.45 this morning, thirsty and tired after a long walk, I saw your door open and knocked to ask for a glass of water. The Sister who was sweeping the room heard me and went off to report to someone and then reappeared and indicated I should go around to the side. I thought she meant the side door but with a wave she indicated that I should go out of the gate; she was joined by another young woman who said no firmly when I again asked for water.
May I remind you of Matthew 25:35 and John 7:37 and urge your Sisters to remember their Christian spirit.
The accompanying bottle of water could be kept by your front door and replenished to give the thirsty a drink.
Postscript: Someone asked, what are those biblical references? Here they are:
Matthew 25:35: For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat: I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in.
John 7:37: And on the last, and great day of the festivity, Jesus stood and cried, saying: If any man thirst, let him come to me and drink.