Dec 22 2008

The patience of the poor

The final days of Advent are filled with anticipation for the birth of Christ. Father Vince Haselhorst, a CFCA board member and preacher, shares his observations of the people he met during the†preachers mission awareness trip to El Salvador Dec. 2-9. Father Haselhorst is a priest of the Diocese of Belleville, Ill.

What a tremendous way to begin this season of Advent, this time of waiting, spending this first week with these gentle, loving people who understand all too well what it means to wait.

They wait for the rains to come so they can plant their crops. They wait for the harvest while praying that it will be sufficient to sustain them for another year. They wait for the sun to rise so they can go to work in their fields or to other work. They wait for a bus so that they can go and sell their products.†

Parents wait, as Mary did, for the birth of their children. They wait for them to grow up,†hoping and praying that they will have a better life than they themselves have and that they will choose a right pathway for their lives.

What a privilege to be able to walk with them these few precious days on our common journey!

-Father Vince Haselhorst

Share this post:
Facebook Twitter Pinterest Plusone Reddit Email