Dispatches from Fr. Charitas
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Today, a hawk snatched one of my sparrows. It is nature’s way. My mind tells me that is an amoral aspect of life, the working of the food chain. But my heart … well, my heart felt sorrow and that sorrow gave way to rage before the rage flew away in the manner of that hawk. I can’t bring the sparrow back … nor should I. That sparrow had no impact on providing for my family. That sparrow was but part of the economy of God’s Providence. Yet still … I felt sorrow. Why?
I think it was because I knew that sparrow. I did not know the bug the sparrow might have eaten. But that sparrow was within my circle of love … and that hawk, with intent to hurt this human soul, took that beloved sparrow away.
I find that my soul is sensitive to when “hawks” snatch away those whom I love. And in Christ … I love souls who live in whatever nation and I love souls no matter their station. When I see a child in tears in Appalachia, I cry; but then again, when I see a child in tears in Syria, Palestine, Sudan, Pakistan, wherever, I cry then as well.
I suppose my circle of Love goes beyond all borders.
In His Service always,
Fr. Charitas de la Cruz
Heart wrenching and yet the circle of life. We will have to ask the dear Lord when we see Him, why does this happen?