Jesus tells us, “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). St. Irenaeus claimed “The glory of God is the human person fully alive.” Many of us have enjoyed the “abundant life” that God wants for all of us. We have been blessed with health, education, loving family and friends, and a wonderful place to live. This is not the case for many of our brothers and sisters who live in the poor neighborhoods we serve in Guaymas. They often must live in inhuman situations. At Casa Franciscana, we seek to honor the humanity of those trapped in inhuman situations.
One way of honoring the humanity of our brothers and sisters in Guaymas is reaching out to those who do not have adequate health care. Kenia, our wonderful nurse, works full time in our clinic. She makes every patient feel like they are the most important person in the whole world. We also have great doctors who volunteer in the clinic four days a week. The government of the state of Sonora provides us Francisco and Irma once a week to offer psychotherapy to people of all ages who are trauma victims. Fernando volunteers twice a week to help children with autism and their parents. We also are trying to develop a holistic approach to attend to our elderly shut ins in the surrounding neighborhoods. When the social workers visit them monthly to give them nonperishable food, Kenia comes along to attend to their medical needs and one of the Franciscan friars on the staff offers Holy Communion and prayers for those who would like spiritual support.
Thank you so much for helping us to serve our brothers and sisters in Guaymas in the Franciscan spirit of peace, joy and solidarity! I am confident that your helping us make their inhuman situations more human will also deepen your experience of your own humanity.
May the Lord give you peace,
Fr. Tommy King