A quote I read recently in the journal “Image” (www.imagejournal.org) has stayed with me: “We have lost the ability to imagine the lives of others.” The quote is taken from an interview about the state of public discourse in our culture. I share with you below some words from one of the teenagers who spent a week in Guatemala this summer as part of our “Summer of Mission” at St. Francis. This teen’s words reveal that getting outside of our comfort zone can help us to “imagine the lives of others.” When we are able to do that, God’s grace can do remarkable things in our lives:
“The trip was an amazing experience for me. It was my first time out of the country and It was absolutely life changing. The sights we saw were breathtaking but more importantly the people were all so loving. When we arrived in Las Margaritas II, I immediately felt as if I was meant to be there. My host family treated me like they had known me for years. I went to Guatemala speaking no Spanish at all and was still able to communicate with my host family through love and laughter. My biggest worry about the trip was how the language barrier would affect my experience but it was no trouble at all. The Sister Parish staff was also very helpful with translating. This was the greatest week of my life and I will never forget all the amazing people I met on this trip. I think more people should visit the village and get out of their comfort zone a little. Romans 15:7 says “Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.”
Over the past few weeks, a small group of people has been meeting at the Peace Pole after the 9:30 Sunday mass to pray for peace. Anyone is invited to join.
Many thanks to Adam McCarthy for speaking at all masses last weekend about our finances. Copies of our annual report are still available, and as always, if you have questions about our finances, please contact Rob Neppel, our Director of Finance and Planning.
Blessings on your week!