A Christmas miracle
Christmas is a wondrous time, marking the birth of Christianity. Just as most did not realised the impact the infant Jesus would have at
the time, few would know the impact that a blind, paralyzed girl who cannot speak would have on the lives of those around her.
Coline has been at St. Joseph's since she was 4 years old. She was abandoned by her family, and at the time, doctor's did not expect her
to survive beyond a few months. No one considered the impact that the Pallottine Sisters would have on Coline. Today she is 19 years old and
remains in the care and prayers of the Sisters and the nurses who care for her.
Coline challenges us to go beyond our comfort zone. She makes all of us better people, by allowing us to extend a helping hand to
someone, who could easily be left to die the slow death of negligence. Though incapable of answering, the nurses who care for her take
comfort in speaking with her. In the quiet stillness of her life, she creates opportunities for cathartic experiences. She teaches us
to appreciate the blessings we have in our own life.
The future for Coline will not change, she will not get better, and she will remain totally dependent on the capacity for goodness
that resides in us all.
Until such time as we locate an adult facility for Coline, we will not abandon her. We embrace the miracle of her life, and we are
proud to honour Coline as our miracle child for this Christmas Season. May the blessings of the Lord, continue to keep her well.
"Sing like no one's listening, love like you've never been hurt, dance like nobody's watching, and live like its heaven on earth."
Bill Brown - Divisional Managing Director for SPAR Western Cape presents a cheque generously raised by SPAR and the SPAR suppliers at
their annual golf classic. Sr. Ann Marie and Sr. Simone accept this gift on behalf of St. Joseph's.