I came to Santa Rosa de Copán, Honduras, in June 2007.
Before I came, some people in the US asked me how long I planned to be there. My response was, “Until God calls me somewhere else.”
For the first couple of years here, people kept asking me, “How long will you be here?” My response was “Hasta que Dios quiere” – “As long as God wants.”
Now I am seldom asked that question, since I’ve been around for so long and now I have a house in Plan Grande. But it is still something I need to ask myself.
But now as an ordained permanent deacon, I am tied to Honduras, specifically to the Church in the diocese of Santa Rosa de Copán. And so it is easier to say that I am here until I die or God calls me elsewhere.
This was brought home to me this morning, reading a passage from Saint Patrick’s Confessions found in Vigils of Benedictine Daily Prayer. I felt that Saint Patrick was speaking for me:
“I am ready, if found worthy, to lay down my life gladly and without hesitation for His sake, and I desire to spend it here until death if the Lord grant me that wish.”
That is my prayer – if God wills it.
I desire to spend my life serving in the Church for and with the poor
This is so especially when I have these morning visitors: chorchas – orioles.