Leaving our comfort zones to serve God

Leaving our comfort zones to serve God

As a child, Br. Diego Diaz, SCJ, often heard the song “’Pescador de Hombres.”

“At the time I had no idea that the song – which tells us that Jesus only asks us to follow, ‘to find other seas’ – would become the motivation for my life,” he wrote in a recent reflection published on the US Province website.“Today at 42, I am still looking for another sea,” he continued. “The Sacred Heart brought me to the United States; I am now a member of the US Province, serving in Mississippi…

“I left everything – my projects, my friends, a career, my comfort zone – when I followed the call of Jesus here, to the United States. For over a year I studied English in the ECS program at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. I developed new friends, new projects, a new comfort zone. And then I left them all to once again follow God’s call, to find another sea.

“Mississippi is a new adventure for me. I had to learn a new culture and a new language (not just English, but the English of the American South!). Everything seemed to be in place for me when God looked at me and smiled again. He called me to see him in the faces of those who suffer in detention, separated from family. Jesus called me by name and sent me to announce the love of God to those who are suffering, to let people know that they are not alone.

“In Mississippi, I have met my brothers and sisters who are suffering; those who are literally held in shackles. [The photo above is of several women wearing ankle monitors] Through a coalition of people from Sacred Heart parish in Canton and Santa Ana parish in Carthage, along with a group of lay people led by Catholic Charities of Jackson, MS, we try to give spiritual and psychological support to the communities who have been directly affected by the recent ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) arrests.”

Click here to read the rest of Br. Diego’s reflection on the province website.

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