In similar ways throughout my time in Peru, I found my Carmelite vocation confirmed and affirmed through monthly letters sent to my home community.
Witnessing others come to know God, encountering Him in Holy Scripture, or in the sacraments, for the first time is pure gift.
It is in this tension the Lord has invited me to live. Sometimes it feels like it’s manageable, but more often than not, it feels like a whole lot.
Go. Don’t think too hard. Whatever doubts you have, put them aside. Just take a leap of faith and go!
After the prayer she appeared to be a little lighter—as if a heavy weight had been lifted from her shoulders.
Our first mission is to serve and walk alongside the mothers and children that the Lord sends here, but the second is to disciple them.
I encountered in the house directly across from the church the face of our Suffering Christ in the person of Tulio.
Forgiveness is never easy, but Kree shares how her friend came to do such as this through the help of God.
Karen Del Castillo, a missionary mother, shares about how her heart was pierced with transformation through the journey of her friends’ marriage.
We have been able to employ some of the local men here. Four of them have been able to work full time, which has changed their lives in such a wonderful way. We have also found Mr. Sanchez, who is a woodworker, living a bit further up the mountain. We have employed him to make the home’s 19 windows and 19 doors by hand from his little humble dirt-floor home.
With the arrival of the new missionaries in February we found ourselves working together in what we now call “Team Picota”
The mission trip participants, full-time missionaries, and local volunteers labored together to lay concrete floors in two homes and to beautify a chapel with a new coat of paint. They held prayer services in two pueblos, and did many home visits, talking with the locals and praying with them for their needs and intentions.