Dispatches from Fr. Charitas de la Cruz
Monday, April 23, 2018
Some people live in their mind; some people live in their heart; yet a few live in their soul. Oh, there are people who might be thought to be mindless and there are people who might be felt to be heartless; yet there are those who seem to be unaware of their soul.
When I am studying the thoughts in the library I have observed that I begin to think all the better. When I am experiencing the feelings of my own and others in the counseling room I have observed that I begin too feel all the more deeply. And when I am around people in touch with their souls, I observe I become all the more spiritually enriched.
As a priest, as a poet, as a person, I am sometimes so lonely for others with well-reasoned thoughts and questions needing yet to be answered. But I live in a world of slogans, clichés and set answers … and deeper reasoning seems fading away.
As a pastor, as a prophet, as a penitent, I am sometimes so lonely for others who understand with sensitivity the emotions within the human experience. But I live in a world of denial and delusions, knee-jerk reactions and passions gone wild … and the compassion and empathy are waning.
As a soulful being who has been both wounded and healed, I am sometimes lonely for souls with deep, deep wells within them, wells into the wisdom of Life. But I live in a world addicted to bigotry and consumed by success … and the experience of life is weakening.
But, there still are a few … and the few are my Hope.
Always in His Service,
Fr. Charitas de la Cruz