God With Them

Columban Fr. Maurice Foley lives and works in Peru.
November 26, 2013

Despite what we read in the newspapers, the Church is not a monolith; it is a living institution. Busy people working their way through a busy agenda instinctively reach out to the Church, seek its peace and wisdom and reassure themselves that all their trials and worries are not in vain. It may be an empty Church where the solitude breaths peace. Mass strengthens the resolve of most “that Christ has died, Christ has risen and that Christ will come again.”

Life is not a mechanical progression achieving objectives every so often. It is the flowering of the human personality, blossoming out to its full beauty before fading. In this personality there is a spiritual factor that seeks recognition and enhances itself in behavior. This behavior was the final objective in all revelation: God had to be recognized and proclaimed through all ages for ever and ever. Jesus Christ put perspective and new meaning on revelation. With a clearer vision of who we are and where we are destined for, we adhere to Christ´s call “the way the truth and the life,” and we eat from His table and seek the comfort of His word wherever we go and in whatever we do.

There are so many urgent demands in life, and we are inclined to forget what is most important. When life gets so cluttered up, we have to seek refuge. The Mystical Body of Christ excludes nobody. It is concerned for the well-being of all, but especially those who are poor and marginalized. The invitation “come to me all who are labored and burdened and I will give you rest” reverberates through the Church. This Church is the muscle of the Christian community, and the faithful are the sinews that bring meaning and resilience for all who don’t know the way or, the truth is no longer evident.

Inspired by the Holy Spirit and comforted by the Sacramental presence of Jesus, the community now takes on a new appearance. The muscles flex and the sinews radiate a new dynamism. The Word goes forth with power and conviction to proclaim victory over sin and death. With the Good News, the hustle and bustle of urban life take on a new meaning of love for one’s neighbor, the accidents are motive for sympathy and forgiveness.

In the northern half of Lima that now has a population of about three million people, in the Diocese of Carabayllo the Columban Fathers have left an inheritance of 25 parishes from which the Love of God is radiated from their own Parish Church heralding a new life in Christ and transforming the secularism of the market place into the Christian optimism of a better world which has come to us from Jesus Christ as is written in the book of Revelation: Then I heard a loud voice call from the throne `Look, here God lives among His people. He will make his home among them and they will be His people and He will be their God´ God-with-them.