It’s difficult to maintain relationships long distance – many of you have probably struggled with this dynamic in your own lives. When it comes to our Sister Parish relationship, it’s been no different for the past 30+ years! Lately, this has been even more difficult as the Nicaraguans struggle with unrest, violence and insecurity while we try to remain connected in prayer and love from Minnesota. Have you hung your Pray for Nicaragua magnet on your refrigerator to remind you to pray for Nicaragua? (If you didn’t get one, contact Suzanne in the Parish Office.)
In a continuing effort to keep the relationship in mind, parishioner Grace Cialek has this to say: Justice, joy, and humility are the attributes that make the connection with our sisters and brothers in Teustepe so important to me. Every time I engage a sister parish delegation from Guardian Angels or St. Rita’s, I feel profoundly changed. That’s due to many things: the importance our sister parish in Teustepe places on this connection; the full-throated support of sister parish within the Guardian Angels community; our inviting, joy-filled reunions; the openness each community brings to our communal faith-filled activities; the power and humility our work toward justice imbues in everyone involved. The trust this community places in each of its members fills me with the confidence to support our sister parish in their struggle to gain the most fundamental human dignities, such as their right to clean water and safe communities. Because I am confident that my perspective is important and appreciated, my trips to Nicaragua are not empty gestures. I, as well as all my sister parish colleagues, are part of a very fine plan orchestrated by a Higher Power to fulfill a mutual desire for justice, joy, and humility.