Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of November 12, 2007
Coffee house led woman to ministry of praying with the sick
By ALICIA AMBROSIO
"I know now where I'm supposed to be."
- Helen Pinto
"People would ask me to come and pray with them when someone was sick or dying," Pinto said. "I finally thought, 'Maybe God wants me here.'"
Incredibly, she was feeling joy even though she was not having an easy time. "It was a bad year. I broke my wrist, and then I was in a bad car accident and had broken bones. I was also supposed to get married and then that didn't happen.
"In the middle of all these things I felt joy praying with people who were sick and dying. It's a beautiful gift from God," she said.
Since making that discovery Pinto has committed half of every day towards praying with the sick or dying at the General Hospital. Not only does she visit the sick and pray with them, she serves as a sacristan at the chapel at the General.
"The fulfillment of my week is my service, I look forward to it, it gives me so much joy," she said.
Pinto recognizes that it took her a long time to finally surrender to God, to her craving for God's love, and let him take control. "I've never looked back," she said.
Her discernment, however, is not over. Although she knows that God wants her to help the sick, she doesn't yet know if he wants her to do that as a lay person, a sister, or as part of a secular institute.
In the meantime Pinto will let herself be filled with the joy she finds by praying with the sick because, "I know now where I'm supposed to be."
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