“Give our Lord the benefit of believing that His hand is leading you and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.” — from a prayer by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ
Traveling from Pittsburgh to Chimbote was complicated, arduous and very uncomfortable at times. In addition, not speaking Spanish left me feeling vulnerable and like a fish out of water in my surroundings. Several times, I questioned why I had come on this trip. My ability to trust in God and accept that He was leading me down His path was put to the test daily. How often do we become complacent in our daily lives with our comfortable surroundings and familiarity with home? How often do we neglect to consider the vulnerabilities, anxieties and uncomfortableness that others on our planet experience as part of their daily lives?
This week, we pray that we remain attuned to the daily experiences of others, especially those who are vulnerable and anxious in our world.