“A Sincere and Imaginative Little Girl” – Missionary Postcard from Peru
Pueblo Nuevo, Chincha, Peru
By Fr Nicholas J Harding, OMI
Last Sunday we had the gospel of the Rich Young Man Mark ch 10.
At the children’s mass 11am , I had the catechism classes come forward to listen attentively and then volunteer to answer questions. I first asked who could remember the question of the rich man and a little boy answered correctly “what must I do to have eternal life?” Then I inquired if anyone remembered the response of Jesus and another boy accurately said: “ Jesus listed the commandments he needed to follow.”
Next I asked who could recall what the rich man then replied (which was “ I have observed these from my youth”)….but a little 9 year old girl, eagerly and with all sincerity, told us in the microphone “the man said there were too many commandments for him to remember!” She got an even bigger applause than the two others.
We had two earthquakes here this month. A few days ago as I was ready to proclaim the gospel, it came with a loud boom and everyone started leaving until they realized it was a “temblor no terremoto.” Again thanks so much for your prayers and support, in Christ your brother and friend, Fr Nick
Photos from Recent Events
October 18th in Peru is the beginning of the biggest popular devotion: Christ of the Miracles …. it is equivalent to the great outpouring in Mexico for Our Lady of Guadalupe. We had a procession through the sprawling, recently occupied “Human Settlement Lord of Miracles” which is comprised of people who’ve come from the mountains and are living in thousands of shacks … no paved roads nor running water …. miraculously we were able to build the first church. … first two photos are when we stopped at a primary school, then inauguration of the chapel (still needs doors etc) thanks for your prayers and support. we used some funds from the summer Mission Appeal the US Province allowed me for the building of the new chapel Señor de los Milagros – gracias!
I have mass once a month with confessions at a local prison. Very sad situations there…I went recently to the women’s pavilion and one told me “I am happy here because I feel more free…outside I was a drug addict and abused violently by my husband and here I am safe”. Another young woman is serving a 12 year sentence for possession of 150 grams of marijuana.
At the annual blessing of the taxis, I told them the old joke of the taxi driver who got a better place in heaven than the priest because the taxi driver with his wild, crazy driving motivated more people to pray than the ordinary priest.