Stories of the poor

Unloved Children

Born with HIV and abused by his mother’s boyfriend, Hope suffered a traumatic childhood, and was rejected by his family. If we receive him, we receive Jesus.

– Hope’s story

1. See

Observe the facts, know the reality.

2. Judge

Use social analysis and moral values to make judgement about the facts.

3. Act

Plan a realistic and effective strategy to action.

1st Step:


Thou shall not commit adultery.” The effect of sexual sin destroyed a boy’s family.

Hope (not his real name) was neglected as a baby by his parents. To-date, he still doesn’t know who his biological father is and his mother, who is HIV positive, transmitted the virus to Hope, when he was in her womb. When he was a toddler, his mother’s kind neighbors supported their living out of sympathy. As he grew up to his primary age, Hope’s mother started having a complicated relationship with men where she brought several men into the house and told Hope to address them as “father”. Hope was brutally abused by his mother’s partners and bruises were found on his forehead when I found him. I brought him and his mom followed me to my home. Hope has an elder brother who is way older than him but unfortunately he has fallen into a dark path.

Hope’s mom was not complying to the home practices and was constantly putting Hope in a hard situation by distracting him from studying and not letting him to rest. One day, Hope’s mom fought with the caretaker and left the home. She was found by the street a few weeks later by some mutuals. She was involved in drugs and was injured after falling in a drain which caused terrible wounds, she fell sick and lost one of her eyesights. She was taken back to the home and the necessary medical aid was given to her.

When she was back to the home, Hope was frightened by her presence as he was traumatized by the past abuse. She passed away 2 weeks later due to her illness.

Hope was having behavior and attitude problems as he was not brought up in a proper way and didn’t have a healthy family environment. I’m very loving and caring towards him, that little boy didn’t know how unhealthy his family was and was just merely living. When I found him, he found hope in life. I have tuition teachers for Hope to provide him proper education. He is going to school as an ordinary student and progressing well in his studies. Hope’s health is under control and I follow up with his medical check up, his school authority is aware of his health condition yet no single discrimination, indeed Hope’s teachers contribute funds for his well being. Hope is now living a life that he deserves with dignity.

Neglection starts in the family where it causes brokenness in everyone in the family. We shall believe that what is broken in us can be rebuilt by God’s grace through our faith in Him.

We can give hope to someone who is broken to rebuild their faith in God and to look forward to a better future. I find the Catholic church is still judgemental and stereotypical towards people with medical conditions, especially HIV positive, in this case even with adequate health literacy people are being unfair towards those who are diagnosed with the condition. We as a church have to be more adaptable, understanding and have the mentality and heart of acceptance towards people with HIV positive conditions. Just like how the caregiver in the story provided a place for Hope to rebuild his brokenness, we have the responsibility to rebuild lives of the hopeless by allowing God to work through us. I would say “Let God do the judging, we be compassionate and loving”.

What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him , “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

2nd Step:


3rd Step:



Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

And where there is sadness, joy. 


O Divine Master,

Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;

To be understood, as to understand;

For it is in giving that we receive,

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal life.


Make us worthy Lord, to serve those people throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give them through our hands, this day, their daily bread, and by our understanding love, give them peace and joy.

I heard the call to give up all and follow Christ into the slums to serve Him among the poorest of the poor. It was an order.

When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.

You and I, we are Church, no? We have to share with our people. Suffering today is  because people are hoarding, not giving, not sharing. 

Jesus made it very clear. Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it to me. Give a glass of water, you give it to me. Receive a little child, you receive me. 

Lord God, You came to give honour to the least, those forgotten, overlooked and misjudged.

You came to give first place to the last, those left behind, misunderstood and undervalued.

You came to give a warm welcome to the lost, those who are orphaned, abandoned and destitute.

Help us to be your ears to listen to their cries. Help us to be your voice speaking out love and acceptance.

Help us to be your feet walking beside those in need.

Help us to be your hands to clothe, feed and shelter them.

You came for the least, the lost and last of this world.

Lord, hear our prayer.


Lord, may justice flow like a river

Reaching barren lands and sun scorched deserts

Where people feel forgotten and hopeless

Let your water of life

Comfort them

Where children lie abandoned or abused

Let your water of life

Protect them

Where communities suffer at the hands of prejudice

Let your water of life Shield them

Lord, we ask for a mighty downpour from Heaven

May your sons and daughters hear your voice

May we live as you lead us to live

Go as you bid us to go

Serve as you inspire us to serve

Give as you teach us to give

Until the earth is covered with the glory of God

As the waters cover the sea


Give Alms

Children, who grow up without a father or mother, often need the care of a good friend because they may not have received enough love and attention. I If you can find someone like that, try to be friends with him or her. Share your food, play with them and encouragethem . By doing so, you will become a disciple of Jesus Christ who brings smiles, hope and love to the lonely children in your school. You will receive abundant blessings, graces and love from our Father in heaven.

  1. Identify a children’s home in your parish.
  2. Reach out to them, identify their problems and help where you can..
  3. Build bridges with them by making real friendships with the children and youths who live there.
  4. If you are visiting a Catholic children’s home, ask if you can pray with them or offer a bible study class.
  5. Plan a regular visit to the children’s home and update your church about your visit. You can invite your parish priest to give a special homily to talk about this problem.
  6. Involve the entire parish community in a charity project for the children’s home.


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