And apart from whatever spiritual sustenance it was that he helped to give her, Fr. Jude also proved to be of immense practical help. At a time when we thought that Marie would really never be able to find and keep domestic staff for her house in Colombo, it was Fr. Jude who turned up trumps.
His first find was an old woman whom initially he asked Marie to keep as a favour for she had nowhere else to go. She was a widow he had known while he was in Chilaw, whose only son had abandoned her and vanished, leaving her to the mercies of a sister who was resentful and generally unkind. As a good Catholic he hoped Marie would assist, though he also added that she would find the old woman entirely trustworthy and very hard working.