Children in the Philippines walk to school.
Jun 12 2019

Traveling companions

Children in the Philippines walk to school.
Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection is from Church Relations Director Paco Wertin.

“Alberto walks from his humble home to the fields so far away,
Teresa walks to the river to bring water for this day.
Carmen walks for firewood each and every day,
Rosa walks to the mill in town with the corn to be ground today.”

Those words are from “Why Do I walk,” a song written by our late Unbound co-founder Bob Hentzen. In it he sang of his experience with Unbound families in the midst of their struggles and joys. They walked, he walked; side by side, full of gratitude and joy.

Together, they had a deep sense of the sacredness of the ground on which they walked and the beauty of creation that surrounded them and provided a home, clothing and food.

As we listen, we realize that the earth that provides for us all is threatened. The lives and livelihoods of our sisters and brothers are at risk. Pope Francis highlights this in his encyclical, “Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.” The cry of the earth and the cry of the poor are interwoven. They’re one and the same cry and they call us to do our part.

As we walk side by side, we are aware that change takes courage. We see it in Unbound families who, from within, call upon that courage as they forge a path out of poverty. And that same courage is available to us.

Please pray

O God, you are the ground of our being. May we walk humbly with our sisters and brothers who call us to accompany them on their journey in our common home. Walking together, and with deep respect for one another and for our Earth, may we work, laugh and pray. And may we call upon that courage that comes from within.

We pray the words that Bob sang:

“To connect with all God’s people is my hope for every step,
With the sun and the wind and the trees and the birds and the stars overhead.”

In faith we know that it is you we accompany, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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