Delivery Day 1 – Check.
Fr. Antonio traveled with us out to the aldeas to help facilitate our filter delivery. Fr. Antonio has filter requests from communities that date back years. The five communities we delivered to yesterday had been waiting for five years – waiting five years for clean water.
We begun our time in our first aldea with mass. The marimba filled the church. The woman were dressed in colorful and intricate handwoven blouses. The children ran up and down the aisles, and the smell of incense wafted throughout. The mass began in Q’eqchi, and I was reminded of one of the many reasons I love our Church. Although far different from the sights, sounds, and smells of St. Pat’s, it was familiar. And just like that, we were connected to a people we had never met before, we were connected through Christ.
On Sunday we heard the story of Doubting Thomas. It’s a story I think many of us can relate to. We’ve had times in our lives that there have been doubts, our faith has been tested, and we struggle to believe. However when I’m here in Guatemala, in the aldeas of Guatemala, the story doesn’t seem so relatable.
I don’t have any doubts.
I can hear Christ in the monks’ morning prayers, the marimba, and the many birds in the morning. I can see Christ in the smiles of the children, the mountains that never cease to take my breath away, and the flowers the communities place at their altars. I can feel Christ in the hands that reach out to share a sign of peace, the hugs from the families that receive a filter, and the soft breeze that wanders throughout the monastery.
We say again and again throughout the Easter season “Cristo ha rescuitado” – “Christ has risen” and He has. Christ has risen, and he’s living in the aldeas of Coban.
A very sincere “thank you” to those who have donated and supported this Coban Water Project, and gave clean water, health, and hope to over 300 families yesterday.
We’re off to do the same for 200 more.
La paz sea con ustedes – Peace be with you