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We Are Brothers and Sisters in Christ
I just spent a week at my home in Appalachia. Their new priest, Fr. Felix, is doing a great job. Things are still rough in the area, however. Fr. Felix even commented on the poverty he has seen there. People considered well off there would not be considered so well off here, that’s for sure.
Of particular concern in Appalachia are the ends of the spectrum—the young and the old.
Fr. Felix and I had lunch together and spent some time talking about the problem of trying to make a longer-term impact in the area.
It is the old problem of “teaching them to fish” versus “giving them a fish”—the problem of giving immediate assistance versus creating long-term solutions. The immediate problems can seem overwhelming at times! The lack
of jobs leads to young people either moving away or losing hope. Older people sell their prescription drugs so they can buy food! Drugs and alcohol are major problems over there.
However, there is a wonderful spirit in the people. In the end, they just do not give up. The hospitality and the seeing of each other as brothers and sisters are real. While most of the Catholics are slightly better off, it is a struggle not only to pay their own bills, but also to make an impact on the many needs around them. In spite of the difficulties they face, the Catholic community is well known
for helping those in need. Fr. Felix will be coming to visit us in the spring and asking us to join his parish in continuing our Catholic tradition of treating all with dignity and compassion. This is the regional leg of our Human Concerns Ministry. I hope we can give him generous support when the time comes.
Peace and love,