Wednesday, July 27, 2011

"...transfigure my small resources and make them sacred..."

     "...One image has been with me ever since I saw Pamplona Alta in Lima. It is the image of living as a hermit in the midst of the poor. That image must have been vague and subconscious, since I never wrote or spoke about it. But when a visiting priest from the St. Louis, Missouri, diocese said to me: "I am living in a poor sector of La Paz as a hermit among the people," I immediately understood him. Yes- indeed, just to pray for, with, and among the poor spoke to me as a true missionary vocation. Wouldn't that be an authentic way of entering into solidarity with those who have nothing to lose?

     "True prayer always includes becoming poor. When we pray we stand naked and vulnerable in front of Our Lord and show Him our true condition. If one were to do this not just for oneself, but in the name of the thousands of surrounding poor people, wouldn't that be 'mission' in the true sense of being sent into the world as Jesus Himself was sent into the world? To lift up your hands to the Lord and show Him the hungry children who play on the dusty streets, the tired women who carry their babies on their backs to the marketplace, the men who try to forget their misery by drinking too much beer on the weekends, the jobless teenagers and the homeless squatters, together with their laughter, friendly gestures, and gentle words- wouldn't that be true service?"

-Henri Nouwen, October 24, 1981, Cochabamba, Bolivia.
From ¡Gracias!: A Latin American Journal.

1 comment:

Jolie' said...

I was completely amazed when I read this blog.Prayer definitely brings all of us back to a childlike state when we pray. Missionaires truly have an important job in the kingdom to fulfill. Isaiah 58 reminds me of all the missionaries around the world.

Isaiah 58:6 Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD?Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

Missionaries allow God to use their lives to heal the brokenhearted, feed the hungry, and clothe the naked.This blog truly convicted me to deny myself more for the sake for the sake of the gospel.

Human Needs Global Resources Covenant, 2009

As fellow travelers on this journey, we commit to this covenant before God. Lord, in Your mercy, hear these our prayers:

When confronted with scarcity, need, and inadequacy, may we be nourished by the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation. Abundance overflows from Your table, sustaining all who come in faith. Father, help us.

When monotony blurs our vision and dulls our senses, may we encounter others as Christ did, through intentional presence in daily life, submitting as clay to be formed into vessels filled with the Spirit. Christ, guide us.

When wounded by the fractured condition of Your people, may we be united by Your Lordship in faith, hope, and love; seeing, as through the facets of a diamond, the beautiful spectrum of Your light reflected onto Your holy Church joined in praise. Spirit, empower us.

When all Creation groans, afflicted by injustice and driven to despair, may the promise of redemption root us in the hope of Your Kingdom: "Behold, I am making all things new!"

Holy Trinity, send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve You with gladness and singleness of heart.