I am excited to join Becky Eldredge and friends as a regular contributor to the blog “Into the Deep: Exploring Ignatian Spirituality through the Voices of Women”. This month’s blog series focuses on the ways each of us are uniquely created – formed by God, each with unique gifts, to fulfill the need for love in the world – – we are called and sent!
I stared out over the mountain vista one last time and breathed in the fresh smell of pine trees while the clang of the church bell echoed off in the distance. I knew it was time to go home, but I wasn’t ready to leave. We had come to this small mountain village ten days earlier with a mission to build bonds of friendship between our church community and the families of Cusmapa, Nicaragua.
I wasn’t ready to leave. I wanted to soak in every last ounce of early morning dew, the shrill of roosters crowing at sunrise, the smell of wood burning stoves, the aroma of fresh ground coffee (locally grown!), and hand tossed tortillas wrapped in a warm towel.
After a week of cold showers and sporadic electrical outages, I longed for the comforts of home. And yet, there was something comforting about the simplicity of daily life here – continue reading …