I come from a Christian family, where God has always been the first. Prayer has been a support in my life because I believe in the power of prayer, and in God’s action. My Salesian parish Priest, Fr. Armando Silva, played an important role in my decisions and vocational choice. In the parish groups, along with a young Salesian collaborator, we would go to the prefabricated houses in Cascais to talk and involve the families in our dynamics. Also, we would ask the families if we could occupy their children, in various activities while at the same time, they were awakening in us the importance of prayer and feelings of giving to others. I started doing home visits and follow-up. It aroused in me a desire to give to my neighbour, but I did not know how to do it. Since nothing in life is by chance, through the book Come and See, I fixed my eyes on the company of the Daughters of Charity, which aroused my curiosity for the charism where all diversity and professions fit. I went in to see how they lived and what they did. They introduced me to Saint Vincent de Paul and his path of holiness and to Saint Louise, a suffering but very mystical and caring woman.
At the postulate stage, I had experiences with different people and ways of serving the poor – babies, children, the profoundly handicapped, the elderly, children and young people at risk, vulnerable people who badly need to feel loved and listened to. I have been learning the meaning of what it is to give myself with my eyes fixed on Jesus Christ. I find that it is through kindness, meekness, respect and sharing the cross of others through empathy and attention that I discover Christ in the poor who are totally all us.
Sr Dora do Anjo Marques Zambujo;
Province of Portugal