Wednesday I’ll be flying back to Honduras. The short trip has been a good chance to meet with people and to share a bit of my mission in the diocese of Santa Rosa de Copán and especially in the parish of Dulce Nombre de María.
A little while ago I found an e-book on line of Ivan Illich, The Church, Change and Development, which includes talks and articles from about 1970. I started reading them a few days ago. They are quite challenging.
My favorite quote, so far, is from “Yankee, Go Home: The American Do-Gooder in Latin America”:
If you insist on working with the poor, if this is your vocation, then at least work among the poor who can tell you to go to hell! It is incredibly unfair for you to impose yourselves on a village where you are so linguistically deaf and dumb that you don’t even understand what you are doing, or what people think of you. And is profoundly damaging to yourselves when you define something that you want to do as “good,” a “sacrifice” and “help.”
Challenging and worth pondering.
|"Hector, I have no idea what I'm doing!" (Photo courtesy of Scott Satterlee)|