Bringing the experience home NOW...
Being that the Internet is a commodity these days, the blogs have been few and far between. Just another daily reminder of how Hurricane Katrina has affected the lives of the good people of New Orelans.
As we pack our bags, eat some King Cake (a New Orleans tradition on January 6th), and plan for our final reflection with the group, words truly cannot encapsulate the experience that was New Orleans: our real World (NOW). Yesterday was our last work day and how appropriate that we worked with the same Sisters (Kathleen and Margaret) with whom we began the week. They and all the people of New Orleans have been incredibly gracious in welcoming us into their sacred, devastated homes. Working alongside these witty, compassionate, and truly Faith-filled nuns, I learned something about the power of Faith.
In spite of all that these people have to overcome (and trust me when I say there is still a GREAT DEAL more to be done before New Orleans is back on its feet), they are blessed with the friendships and helping hands of their friends, families and neighbors who have all gone throught this tragedy together. Through it all, Faith in God has helped many to prevail and see a light that I initially could never see. It is "NOW" up to the 14 of us to not only bring our peronal bonds home and continue the conversations, but to open our hearts, minds, and knowledge of what we have seen to all we will meet upon our return. We need to show others that the people are still displaced and that we as humans are committed to working with them to bring about social change. The road ahead may be an uphill climb for these newfound friends of ours, but through prayer and a commitment to service, I have no doubt that New Orleans WILL BE BACK!