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We should pray for mothers

February 7th, 2011 No comments

Bucharest, 2005

We speak a lot – sometimes too much – about the mothers who abandon their ill children but there are many other mothers who suffer every day with their little ones. Mothers who would be able, without any hesitation, to give up their lives or their health to offer one  more hour of life or less pain to their child.
Daily I meet mothers who have lost all hope for their child’s recovery, yet they have the strength to resign themselves to God’s will. Every day I see their tears, their tired faces, their mouth hardly able to speak their sorrow. They need our daily prayers and we must not let them down!
Only God can truly help and console a mother who daily sees her dying child.

Mothers of ill children at Budimex (Marie Curie) Hospital


In our Lawside Romania Project work during the past years we have met hundreds of mothers. Each has a unique story to tell but all carry that look of worry, pain and anxiety as they walk or sit with their child.
One mother was traumatised by the fact that, while she had a lovely teenage daughter in Budimex (Marie Curie) Hospital Oncology Ward, she had to go to another hospital and visit her 15 year-old son who had been infected with HIV through a blood injection and now developed AIDS. Many mothers here shared her grief and this sharing was such an inspiration for me.

Mothers of ill children at Budimex (Marie Curie) Hospital 

What can you say to console a mother who arrives at Budimex (Marie Curie) Children’s Hospital with a dying child of only 2 days? The baby has a malformed heart and doctors cannot give hope. ‘Why did God allow me to carry that babe for nine months and now this?!’ was all that mother couls say over and over again.
Another mother came to me crying as her son’s health deteriorated: ‘Sister, please say a strong prayer for Nicusor. I just want to feel Jesus is near. May we pray together?’
Iulia’s mother came to me too: ‘Sister, please go to church and pray for my little girl! Please find the priest and ask him to come’. This we did and Iulia’s father, who traveled a long distance from their village and cried out with a kind of anger and grief, was greatly consoled by the prayers of the priest!

Mothers of ill children at Budimex (Marie Curie) Hospital

At times, the months and even years of child-caring can wear the most loving parent’s patience thin. Lawside Romania Project is there for them. Our Room No. 710 at Budimex (Marie Curie) Children’s Hospital can be a Haven where, at any time, mothers may come for a chat and a break from daily routine. When doctors bring up the news of the possibility their child may never recover, many mothers are grateful that we share their sorrow.

Mothers of ill children at Budimex (Marie Curie) Hospital

These mothers suffer and cry every single day but they do not lose hope not even for a second. Pictures of these suffering mothers are an image to follow us in our prayers and meditation moments.

Yes! We shoud pray for mothers!


Sister Mary Aloysius


Mothers of ill children at Budimex (Marie Curie) Hospital


A Step in Every Day

January 17th, 2011 No comments

During my time in Romania I have been in daily contact with such a variety of sick children – a variety of diseases – a variety of characters! For the most part I have been impressed by the positive attitude of these little ones.

An outstanding case is that of Eduard! 2005 was Eduard’s third year in Budimex (Marie Curie) Children Hospital and, when I first saw him in Ward 1 (Pediatric Ward) I concluded (in my ignorance) that he would always be confined to a bed or wheel-chair. Why? Because here was a little eight year-old boy whose legs were much shorter than normal and were so bent back underneath his body that he sat on them. All the time he smiled and showed gratitude and joy to receive any gift; be it coloured pencils, books or toys.

Eduard in a wheel-chair (2005)

Eduard in a wheel-chair (2005)

Doctor Burnei (a famous surgeon here) took Eduard’s case to heart and has done several operations on his legs to straighten and possibly lengthen them. Now here comes Eduard speeding on his wheel-chair, legs stretched out in front but best of all he wants to demonstrate the fact that he can, with great effort, take one step. Back in his chair he assures us that he will, every day, take another step! And – highest hope – that one day he will kick a ball!

Eduard put all his dreams and hopes in this poem named “Rugăciune” (“Prayer”) and sent it to us showing his trust and belief in the power of God. In the first part of the poem he describes with a nice talent all his wishes from God. In the second part we can see his optimistic outlook and the end of the poem moves us to tears: ‘I know to-morrow I will be the winner’.

We know now that with his trust in God’s power he will be able to get a step in every day.

God bless him!

Sister Mary Aloysius

Beautiful poem written by little Eduard (2005)

“Rugăciune” (“Prayer”)

A Letter from Gerard McILROY

November 29th, 2009 No comments

On arriving in Romania I did not know what to expect. Of course I had seen the news reports on television detailing the plight of the orphans in this country but that was not enough to make any judgments.

What I found in 2005 was a beautiful country full of fantastic people, young and not so young! But it was the Lawside Romania Project and its leaders which really impressed me and to see what has been achieved during the fourteen years of the Project’s existence would be an amazing story to tell.

Children in Romania
Children in Romania

Not only has food been put on plates and money in the pockets of many destitute families but – more importantly, smiles have been put on faces of these needy people.

Thinking back on my experiences with a family of eleven children with very little of this world’s goods and of Nazareth (the Sisters of Mercy house for children in Bucharest) where five little abandoned boys live a happy family life, and also the mothers and children in the Budimex (Marie Curie) Hospital, brings a tear to my eyes – not tears of sadness but of joy! Joy of seeing faces light up when any of the Lawside Romania Project team visits them, bringing gifts or simply being there to shake their sufferings.

Children in Romania
Children in Romania

This is a wonderful Project which has made an extraordinary difference to hundreds if not thousands of people.

I am honoured to have been part of the Lawside Romania Project volunteers and can truly say this has been an influence for good in my life and, for this I am grateful.

Gerard McILROY