Thursday, June 24, 2010

The ghost town

There are a number of towns we fly over that once were thriving, but were abandoned after the most recent war here. Several of these towns had been populated by ethnic Croatians.

There's a very large -- abandoned -- Catholic church in one of those ghost towns. It looks to be a very impressive and beautiful edifice. I've since learned that the war happened just a few years after the church was built.

I call this place a ghost town, but there are actually two old people who live there. They're very poor, and I can't even begin to imagine how tough their lives must be.

It seems hard to believe that a town of this size could just disappear.  My friends who go to a lot of AA and Al-Anon meetings have been telling me for years that resentment shuts us off from the sunlight of the spirit, and that it's the number-one killer of alcoholics.  The fact that people were driven away from a thriving town bears witness to the awful and destructive power of resentment.

God help us all.

Blessings and peace to one and all,

Fr. Tim, SJ
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