by Fr G. Chris Saenz
A Chilean Woman
Father Saenz, a frequent contributor to MISYONonline.com, was ordained in 2000. He is from Omaha, Nebraska, USA, where the Columban headquarters in that country are located. He spent part of his formation period in the Philippines. Here he tells an extraordinary story of welcoming new life.
Three or four years ago I was in Tasmania, Australia, for mission promotion work. A school girl in St Patrick’s Catholic College of Launceston asked, ‘What is the hardest thing about working with people in poverty?’ The question stumped me a bit and made me think. Generally, it’s the youth who ask the deep theological questions. After reflecting for a moment, I answered her, ‘the feeling of being powerless to change the situation of the person in poverty’.