By: Fr. Norbert,OFMCap
When we lived in the village, we used to share. If we had delicious food, our parents were sharing it with our neighbors. We also often received something from them.
The practice of sharing is also implemented in the life of the Capuchin Order. “Option for The Poor” significantly became the main topic. In the name of the Capuchin order, I’m willing to help children from underprivileged families. Our Minister Provincial is always encouraging the members of the Capuchin communities to give more attention to the poor.
In Vietnam, sharing practice exists. Every Saturday, we and the Legion of Mary (Community of Tanda Parish) visit and give Holy Communion to the sick. Besides that, we also help the poor, the suffering, and the disabled. In 2018, our community moved to Fatima Parish next to the community of the Capuchin Tertiary Sisters of the Holy Family, and our relationship is strengthened. The practice of sharing between our two communities is getting real. We often receive food largess from benefactors and then we share with them. Through this experience, the aspirants and the postulants are learning that we, as Franciscans need to share. Our Capuchin Sisters are generous. They are also willing to help us and share with us.
It’s indeed a beautiful grace that since the local police in our ward know we share the same spirituality, the sisters can celebrate the Holy Mass without any problem.
COVID-19 is a huge disaster for the whole of humanity. However, this pandemic also gives grace to the Vietnamese. The practice of sharing in society is getting better. Several parishes in Saigon received plenty of food largess and are being shared with the needy.
Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink” (Mt. 6:25) This, we experienced during the pandemic, especially during the lockdown. We have received more than enough and all for free. These abundant blessing received moved us to share especially with our Capuchin Sisters. This is my humble story about sharing in Vietnam.