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March 2019

Time to Move

by Teresa Maya, CCVI -- LCWR Past President

The Copper Canyon extends majestically in the heart of the Sierra Tarahumara in Chihuahua, Mexico. The wondrous mountainous region is home to the Raramuri Native American community. Ricardo La Puente, a Jesuit who lived there many years, tells a story of serving among them that changed his understanding of ministry profoundly. One morning, after having spent many cold nights in their local settlement in the heart of the sierra he woke up and they were all gone! He scrambled to collect his belongings and run after the community. When he finally caught up with them several hours later, he questioned why they had left, and the Raramuri looked at him and simply said: “it was time to move,” He accepted the response as humbly as he could, because he realized his role was simply to accompany the community. He reflected he had to learn to notice when it was “time to move,” because every single time they moved, they never told him! 

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