By Father Earl Henley, M.S.C.
The people were hungry and they were looking forward to his arrival.
As a missionary priest, I can relate to him. He is a missionary and as a missionary you walk with the people.
You know their hurts, their needs. That’s what he does. In that sense it was a pastoral visit.
I loved the theme [of the World Meeting of Families] “Love is our Mission.” I think that captured him as well. He visited a prison, he visited the sick and the poor; he visited the schools.
I also heard the Spanish phrase “Siempre Adelante” a lot, which means “always forward.” It was encouraging. It means we have work to do.
We can’t sit back and talk about the poor and those in need.
We need to go out and look for them and find them.
Father Earl Henley is the Director of Native American Ministry in the Diocese of San Bernardino.