by Raquel F., Ecuadorian volunteer in Chile
“Many would claim the following lines are not even worth writing, because they do not tell of any extraordinary deeds. And nonetheless, it is precisely in the simplicity of such moments as this outing with our friends from Valparaiso that Love shows its extraordinary power.
There were over 50 of us –aged 1 to 69 – to climb all at the same time in a public bus –the driver must have feared the whole neighborhood was coming aboard! A convivial drive that took us to Quebrada Verde Park where we spent several hours just being together.
We had a picnic, prayed, chatted, played soccer, sang many a song, rocked kids on swings, ran into wooden little houses. We also paid a visit to the park’s animals – sheep, ducks, hens, goats, rams, llamas and many others. What a joy it was for the kids to give each baby animal a name and to feed them some herbs!
As simple a day as that. And yet, by the time we packed yet another bus to ride back home, we knew that some mysterious deep change had happened among us: we had gotten to know each other better and for that reason to love each other more. We had become better neighbors and closer friends. We had been reminded how much, as members of the same Body, we belong to and depend on one other.”