We recently finished our annual campaña. It was delayed because of Tropical Storm Isaac’s visit to the island. Although we were blessed to receive little effect from the storm in our area, Fr. Felix made the right decision. He moved it to coincide with the day of the Holy Cross, which is our namesake. Three nights of singing, praying and teaching is an opportunity that this church community thrives on. Many people worked hard for the last three months, preparing for this. Las Chicas Nices practiced regularly to prepare for our presentation the final night. The guest preachers this year included one Episcopalian and two from other denominations. Our theme was “Jesus Illuminates and Transforms your Life” using Luke 19:1-10 as our text.
One evening included something I found very uncomfortable, having never observed such a thing. I thought the preacher was going around praying for people as we all sang a meditative song. As he approached, however, I realized people were being lowered to the ground after his hands were placed on them, as if he was pushing them over. The next day some folks talked about it and were very inspired by the experience. Then someone shared a quote on Facebook, “The greatest spiritual crisis comes when a person has to move a little farther on in his faith than the beliefs he has already accepted.” (My Utmost for his Highest) I don’t feel like I am in a spiritual crisis, but I did find that experience to be challenging to my beliefs. Please pray for all Christians as we continue our journey with our Lord, to know what is of Him and what is not.