How many sick people have I helped with my medical knowledge, and for how many
of them I prayed, I do not know... I will find out on the other side.
I was aware that these people were looking at the missionaries. And loving
Christianity or rejecting it could have depended on what they've seen in our behaviour.
Working on missions is hard but beautiful.
In addition to physical fatigue, I have peace in my heart and some quiet peaceful, joy – I am actually completely happy – as someone who has nothing and posses everything
(on the day of departure to Uganda in 1950).
A doctor who treats medicine as a medical art, not only as a profession, is certainly a friend of a sick person.
To forgive and forget what is bad is an art. You can work it out this way.
I would be blissfully happy having nothing, being somewhere in hunger in difficult conditions – and hence are my dreams that I would not be able to take remorse, that I did not do what I needed to do, that I do have when my brother does not.
My contact with the patient is done with hands. This way the patient feels that I accept
him, that I want to help him, that he is not indifferent to me.
Lepers. You do not have to be scared of them, you have to love them.
If a man can not save the other one from death, then simple appeasement and tender
touch make this step to the other side easier. Especially for those people who can be
bitter or have a grudge against life.
There always were those who doubted, whose faith was weak, and those whose faith
was strong. And the duty of those whose faith was stronger was to help and strengthen
the latter. And it has always been this way, it is and will be for centuries. My faith is
also a gift of God. This is not my merit.
It is said that God failed with old age. This is not true, senility can be just as happy as
any other period of life.
The more you are poor, the more you give.
To love is to sacrafice yourself.
It is God who gives me strength. Apparently He needs me. And what I do is in His plan.
Deep inner happiness is a consequence of a bond with God. The feeling of His
existence, His personal participation in what is happening to us.
I feel that I have received talents from which I will have to settle out, and I am already
Love is the most effective remedy.
I am still learning, not only for some special knowledge, but to live better.
I always approach people with trust. More than to... myself.
Wanda Błeńska is the ambassador of the missionary laity.
She treated not «leprosy», but «people suffering from leprosy».
She survived two cruel regimes in Uganda and two in Poland. And yet she has always,
regardless of time and place, been respected by people. The White and the black, the healthy
and the sick, the good and the evil ones, the rich and the poor... This chain of human diversity
could be drawn for a long time. However, it is enough to notice that even in the Ugandan
dictators or Nazi leaders, the Doctor was raising heart reflexes; she liberated the noblest.
Chapel. In one of the corners, hidden in silence there is a kneeling figure. On the floor, not on the kneeler. Long, exclusive conversations with God. She had to draw her power and strength just from such adoration, because her life was not easy.
Both Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Dr. Wanda Błeńska make the missionary work something
extremely appealing, because it is taken by people who do not enjoy great wealth or great health, but in their physical frailty they meet others based completely on the spirit of Jesus Christ.
Much more important is probably what sick people received from Wanda beside othe material
values. It is a piece of her heart, a huge heart that brought them back the joy and thevmeaning
of life. Dokta cured not only their sick bodies, but the souls who were badly hurt by rejection.
She represents the ideal of a missionary who goes wherever people need them. She goes with
no intention of converting or changing manners, but with the will to live among those who
need us most.
She told me that if she had not received the Eucharist every day, she would not have been
able to work here.
I remember once we went together to the marketplace to the nearest town. Everyone
recognized her. And she greeted each one of them with her kindness, despite the fact that the
view of their sick hands was often terrifying. I was learning from her how to overcome my
own prejudices and fears.
On the level of socio-missionary activity, Dr. Błeńska was a personality of the format of Mother Teresa of Calcutta; on the level of treating leprosy and devoting herself to the lepers'
affair, she was equal to Dr. Schweitzer, earning the title of the Mother of the Lepers. In the
professional field, she enjoyed the prestige of Dr. Brandt and other prominent modern
leprologists. With her outstanding achievements and appreciation, Dr Błeńska remained
modest, radiating inner warmth, friendly and helpful to everyone, especially those most in need, still avoiding publicity.