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