All You Holy Men and Women Pray For Us-Saints Among Us #3
This "saint" started "The Green Valley Samaritans". Green Valley is a little town in the desert just a short distance from the Mexican border where lots of older Americans have retired to enjoy the sunshine and the golf courses. Anyway, this small-statured, super-energetic woman found out that people were dying trying to cross the desert near her, AND SHE DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! She organized a group that actively searches for people, and provides water, medical care, and clothing. I have personally watched as she pleads with immigrants to "cuidado" (be careful) out there, and tells them that the Sonoran Desert is "muy peligroso" (very dangerous). And, in spite of all of the difficult things that she has seen, she exudes joy. I think that her joy comes from a long-time place of doing 'good' in the world...because when I asked her about 'why' she did what she did, she said, "Oh, I am from Berkeley, Calif and social services that I helped start 30-40 years ago, are still functioning" Big Smile. In the 'Litany of the Saints' last night we sang a phrase over and over, "Save My People". I think maybe 'joy' comes from at least trying.