In November, 2015, Sr. Johanna Rickl, CHM, traveled to El Salvador to be present on the 35th Anniversary of the murder of four church women. As the anniversary date of December 2nd approaches, let us remember those women, the people of El Salvador, and the women and men who continue to serve them in our prayers.
Sr. Johanna wrote the poem below which was inspired by her ministry to the people of Southern Mexico:
The parched earth under my knees impels me to cry out,
"For you my soul thirsts..."
The gentle hum of 500 indigenous voices
locks me into a oneness that is overpowering
despite my inability to understand the words.
In this moment, transcending time,
I feel suspended in a sea of sacred space.
The holiness was palpable at that outdoor Holy Thursday liturgy
in the highlands of Mexico.
Today I struggle to live in awareness of that Presence
within me and others.
Sometimes, as I hear "Behold the Lamb of God...,"
I let my eyes sweep over
the faces of those gathered,
in an effort to be conscious of the One who is an evolving presence
in each of us.
Oh, to be attentive
to the source of life within and around me!
I am immersed in it,
but like a fish in the ocean,
I can be oblivious
of the Source of Life
in whom I "live and move and have my being."
You, Divine Mystery, are closer to me
than I am to myself.
-Johanna Rickl, CHM President