When we are downcast or sad, but in the depths of our being we feel a mysterious force that keeps us on our feet, we are experiencing the Risen Jesus who sustains and renews us. When we don’t lose hope in spite of failures, when we don’t become bitter in spite of ingratitude, when pain makes us ‘bleed’ from within but doesn’t break us, we are experiencing the Risen Lord who urges us to live. The Risen Jesus always draws us back to life; he gives us hope and the strength not to fall along the way.
Silvio José Báez, O.C.D.
Auxiliary Bishop of Managua
Homily, Easter Sunday 2021 (excerpt)
After years of below-average rainfall, 2020 was supposed to be a profitable year for farmers in Central America. The raining pattern developed as expected, anticipating what could have been one of the best yields in a decade.
Then, the 2 hurricanes ETA and IOTA hit one after the other, in a fortnight, wreaking havoc and disrupting the lives and expectations of more than 7.3 million people across Central America and Colombia.
At the end of November when this photo was taken, almost 400,000 people were still living in temporary and overcrowded shelters while many others were living with host families.