Father Oscar Reports



[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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DEAR CLASSMATES:

MAY 20, 2011

I CAME BACK A MONTH AGO FROM A THREE MONTH SABBATHICAL IN EUROPE.

MY EXPERIENCE WAS OVERWHELMINGLY WONDERFUL ESPECIALLY BECAUSE OF THE DEEP INSIGHTS WHICH MADE ME CAPABLE OF SURRENDERING MYSELF TOTALLY TO GODS WILL. THE MAIN OF THOSE HAD TO DO WITH THE ACCEPTANCE AND ABANDONMENT TO THE INCOMPRENSIBILITY OF GOD. I LONGED FOR MANY YEARS TO RECEIVE THE GRACE OF MARTYRDOM, BUT IN THE CHRISTOLOGY COURSE I REALIZED THAT CHRIST WAS NOT A GLORIOUS MARTYR AS ST. LAWRENCE, OR ST. STEPHAN. THESE WERE KILLED BY CHRUCH ENEMIES. CHRIST WAS MURDERED BY CAIPHA, THE REPRESENTATIVE OF GOD IN THE JEWISH RELIGION. BESIDES, BECAUSE OF CRUCIFIXION, HE BECAME THE CURSED OF GOD ACCORDING TO DEUTERONOMY. THIS WAS A NEW WAY OF GOD’S REVELATION WHICH PLACED CHRIST IN A FAITH CRISIS. BUT IT WAS THAT CRISIS THAT ENABLED HIM TO MAKE THE PUREST SURRENDER IN HIS FATHER HANDS. HE SURRENDERED TOTALLY INTO THE INCOMPRESIBILITY OF GOD, WHICH IS THE PEAK OF ABANDONMENT.

YOU KNOW HOW MUCH EFFORT AND INTEREST I HAVE HAD IN OUR PROJECT, YOURS AND MINE, OF THE ASENTAMIENTOS TARAHUMARES. IT REQUIRED ALL MY EFFORT AND ATTENTION AS WELL AS YOUR GREAT GENEROSITY. AFTER THE GREAT GRACE WHICH I DESCRIBED ABOVE MY SUPERIORS DECIDED TO SEND ME BACK TO THE PRISON ISLAND IN THE PACIFIC WHERE I SPENT TWO YEARS ALMOST FORTY YEARS AGO. AT THAT TIME THERE WERE ONLY 1300 INMATES. NOW THERE ARE 5000 AND THERE ARE PLANS TO INCREASE THE NUMBER TO 11,000.THE ISLAND IS ABOUT 13 MILES LONG AND 6 MILES WIDE. THE PROBLEM IS THE GREAT INCOMUNICATON THAT I SHALL HAVE: NO INTERNET, NO MOBIL PHONE. I CAN ONLY COUNT WITH FAX, AND MAIL. WHEN THERE IS A CHANGE OF MISSION WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO LOOK BACK SO AS TO KEEP ON TAKING CARE OF WHAT WAS LEFT BEHIND.

HERE IS WHERE MY ACT OF ABANDONMENT TAKES PLACE. I AM LEAVING APPARENTLY UNATTENDED THE POORES PEOPLE OF CHIHUAHUA, THE TARAHUMARA NATIVES. HOWEVER, THESE NATIVES HAVE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HUMAN VALUES THAT I HAVE SEEN IN MY LIFE. THEY APPRECIATE WAY ABOVE WE DO, THE DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN PERSON, THE COMMUNITY LIFE, AND THE WISDOM OF THE ELDERS. INSTEAD OF THESE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE, I AM COMMITING MYSELF TO THE MOST INTERNALLY DESTROYED PERSONS IN MEXICO. THE INMATES GENERALY WERE RAISED IN DISRUPTED HOMES, WITHOUT THE PRESENCE OF A LOVING FATHER; THEY SO OFTEN WERE ABUSED PHYSICALLY AND SEXUALLY IN THE TENDER INFANCY; WITNESSES OF GREAT VICES SINCE CHILDHOOD RELATED TO ALCOHOL AND DRUG ADDICTION, AMONG OTHER THINGS. OFTENTIMES THEY DON’T FIND A WORTHWILE REASON TO LIVE.

IF I AM LEAVING THE BEST TO EMBRACE THE WORST, I HAVE GREAT TRUST THAT THE LORD WILL TAKE CARE OF WHAT I LOVE SINCE I AM UNDERTAKING WHAT HE LOVES. HE IS TAKING CARE OF WHAT I AM GIVING UP THROUGH ALL OF YOU THE LAYTY WHICH MAKES UP A GREAT TEAM THAT INTEGRATES THE HUMAN ELEMENT AND THE ECONOMIC ONE. WE HAVE VERY PREPARED AND COMMITED PEOPLE BUT WE ARE ALSO VERY NEEDED OF YOUR GREAT AND GENEROUS YEARLY SUPPORT SO AS TO INSURE THE WAGES OF THE OPERATIVE PROCESS. THIS PRECISE PROCESS IS THE ONE THAT NO INSTITUTION WILL SUPPORT. IT CAN ONLY BE SUPPORTED BY PEOPLE AS YOU THAT ARE MY CLASSMATES. YOUR DONATIONS HAVE TRIGGERED MANY OTHER DONATIONS, AND THE INSTITUTION WILL KEEP ON GOING THANKS TO YOU AND TO THOSE THAT YOU HAVE INSPIRED.

MY NEW ADDRESS AT THE PRISON-ISLAND INSTEAD OF THE ADDRESS IN CHIHUAHUA IS:

TEMPLO DE GUADALUPE
ISLA MARÍA MADRE, NAYARIT 63779
MÉXICO

THE FAX 00523232351346 (THERE IS NO PHONE IN OUR HOUSE, BUT THEY DELIVER THE FAX IF YOU SEND IT. I SHALL BE THERE SINCE JUNE 9, 2011)

YOU CAN KEEP ON SENDING HELP FOR THE ASSENTAMIENTOS; I SHALL NOTIFY YOU IN DUE TIME HOW TO DO IT.

MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU ALL

OSCAR RAYNAL S.J.



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