As I live my years in seminary, God allows me to experience the richness and beauty of Our Mother Church. This summer I was assigned to help in Our Lady of Fatima Parish, at Van Horn. Even though it is a rural community and I am a “city-boy”, I have fallen in love with it.
The parishioners are very hospitable and loving, and they have a great thirst for God. Some of my duties there are to sing at Mass, be an acolyte, be a Communion minister during Mass, visit the sick and bring them the Holy Communion, teach the people to pray the Liturgy of the Hours, and even do some gardening work.
One of the things that I admire the most about these people is their generosity. You should see how much food they bring us! But, more than the food, it is the love with which they come to us. I thought that the transition during the summer would be hard, but the parishioners have made it very easy. If God grants me the grace of ordination, I will carry these people in my heart and remember what I have learned from them.