“ For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me ”(Mt 25 : 35-36).
As Pope Benedict XVI said, there is no ordering of the society so just that it can eliminate the need for a service of love (Deus Caritas Est, No. 28, b). Our social apostolate begins with charity in the first place manifested through our honest response to the people’s immediate needs in specific situations: feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, caring for and healing the sick, visiting those in prison etc. Charity is all the more intensely manifested through our services in different ministries.
The social apostolate flows from the overall mission of CSM sisters and our social welfare activities are the humble service we offer for and with the poor ,marginalised and the working people, sharing in their sorrows and difficulties empathetically. The word charity means generosity in giving something to the needy out of loving kindness without expecting anything in return.
Imbibing inspiration from the life of Jesus who travelled throughout doing good to all we help the poor, the orphans, the beggars, the oppressed, the exploited and the needy around us. We lead them to total liberation and self-sufficiency through preventive, curative, rehabilitative, and developmental programmes.
Charity brings welfare in the society. It enlarges human hearts and spreads the message of brotherhood and genuine love among the people.
Our founder taught us to be compassionate towards the poor and the distressed. Our unique charism of imparting God`s compassionate love to all urges us to practice this noble acts of mercy.
At present the activities consist in training unemployed girls in cutting and tailoring, various works in the press, manufacturing of candles, production of host for Mass etc.By engaging them in such small scale works the girls are provided with an opportunity to make their livelihood.
The sisters also make it a point to visit the homes of socially and culturally backward village - girls and tribal girls regularly and try to impart elementary knowledge and wisdom for them.
To be with marginalized is the important feature of CSM. Our founder is the cause of inspiration for us who had given whole hearted response to the poor people. The model of St. Martha, who welcomed Jesus in her house when he was tired, is the source of social service activities of CSM. We welcome everyone in our houses and take delight in serving them.
True to the ideal of the father,founder the Martha sisters came forward to undertake the running of orphanages since the early days of the congregation. Very often the sisters set themselves on foot to various districts for getting donations for the purpose of feeding these orphans irrespective of caste and creed.
As the creation story narrates, God appointed men to “have dominion” over the earth (cf. Gen 1:28), to “till it and keep it” (Gen 2:15).Holy Father Pope Francis in His Encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ explains , “Tilling” refers to cultivating, ploughing or working, while “keeping” means caring, protecting, overseeing and preserving. This implies a relationship of mutual responsibility between human beings and nature” .And as we know our fore fathers` main means of survival was cultivation.
Our congregation holds the heritage of cultivation. From the early years of the inception of our congregation we cultivate rice, vegetables, coconuts, spices etc .The tireless hard work of sisters not only bears sustaining fruits but also sets a model. People are motivated and inspired. Pope Francis urges all to “Care for Our Common Home “(Laudato Si') which is the Earth.