Rafael Villalobos, CFCA project coordinator in San Jose, Costa Rica, sent us this blog post about his walk in Peru with CFCA Co-founder and President Bob Hentzen.
Bob and the Walk2gether team are still in Peru, as of Nov. 15.
ìBut then I will lure her back. I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her.î ó Hosea 2:14
This text from Hosea brings profound clarity to Walk2gether pilgrims as we traverse the desert of Peru.
Our Lord has an uncommon way of enchanting us. He brings to the desert those who have been chosen and talks to their hearts.
In the desert, you either trust him or die. There are no certainties or comforts. It is a place of insecurity and solitude.
The desert is a place where we feel we can easily lose important people and things in our life.
In this desert, God talks to the heart of CFCA. He is luring, enchanting and questioning all of us who are part of this movement.
In this harsh reality, he calls us to return to generosity, toward dreams that feed our desire for a new world, and to trust that he is with us on our journey.
It is a call for radical love. We need lots of love to be able to walk these roads.
I believe that this experience is a call to leave a comfortable life, without commitment, without devotion, and to turn toward a lifestyle more in tune with the call we are receiving.
Don Roberto (Bob Hentzen) always says that being in CFCA is a vocation, a calling. Itís not easy work.
It is truly impressive to watch him and DoÒa Cristina (his wife) go step by step in the middle of the desert, walking with happiness and hope.
The Walk2gether team continues in the desert of Peru.
Recently, the movie ìEat Pray Loveî was released. I have tried to conjugate these verbs in this desert of Peru:
Eat: There are no luxuries in the desert. We eat simply at the side of the road the food prepared by DoÒa Luz. The food tastes glorious when it is prepared with love and shared among friends.
Love: Love conquers pain and fatigue. Here in the desert, love is more pure, without applause or media. You need a love beyond limits to be able to walk this path. We support one another. We encourage one another to keep going when we are tired.
Pray: ìI will lift up my eyes to the mountains. From where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slipî (Psalms 121:1-3). This psalm profoundly reflects the experience of praying in the desert.
May God grant us all the spiritual experience of a desert so that we can rediscover the true sense of our life of service to those most in need.
Residents of a girlís boarding school in Lima joined the walkers for a day. Hear Bobís podcast below.