Knighthoods and crowns in heaven

Letters, Normal

The National, Thursday July 4th, 2013

 THE story of Swiss nuns, Sister Lucas, Sis-ter Damencina and Sister Meier leaving the Southern Highlands and PNG after serving the remote communities for many years, touched my heart. 

Together they served, nurtured, trained and mentored hundreds of young men and women. 

As seen from a photo that appeared in The National (June 20), they were all smiles and happy as if they were returning home from a short tour. 

These nuns were returning home after continuous service of more than 40 years. 

They chose to leave behind comfortable furnished homes with lights, water and almost every convenience you can imagine to come and serve in places so remote, mountainous and infested with diseases. 

What fascinates me is the attitude of these selfless missionaries as they go about their priceless services of educating, harnessing, training and imparting lifelong skills to many, many people.

We all, as always, seem to think it is the government’s prerogative to hand awards out, but who really merit such honours?

Would it be those of us who work for money, those chest-beaters or these missionaries of all denominations?

I salute you, my beloved Swiss sisters and the late Brother Andrew Simpson for all your good deeds that go unrecognised by many selfish people here on earth. 


Pierce Lopia