In it he quotes an unidentified Latin American Catholic Bishop who has a message for all of us who go to Latin America as missionaries. I think it's worth sharing since many of my friends are interested in and/or support missions. Here are the Bishop's words to us:
- Help us discover our own riches; don't judge us poor because we lack what you have.
- Help us discover our chains; don't judge us slaves by the type of shackles you wear.
- Be patient with us as a people; don't judge us backward simply because we don't follow your stride.
- Be patient with our pace; don't judge us lazy simply because we can't follow your tempo.
- Be patient with our symbols; don't judge us ignornatnt because we can't read your signs.
- Be with us and proclaim the richness of your life which you can share with us.
- Be with us and be open to what we can give.
- Be with us as a companion who walks with us--neither behind nor in front--in our search for life, and ultimately for God. (From Gracias, a Latin American Journal, by Henri Nouwen)