garcia-rodriguez

I know he will have problems like all young people. But I know he has a father who has learned that, when you have a son, the least important thing is that he finishes college. The most important thing is that, when he has a fever, you are there to take him to the doctor; when he suffers from a broken heart, you are there to give him your support. And when you are not there anymore, you have left him an inheritance—an education—that will give him opportunities. I think being a parent is the most dangerous and, at the same time, the most wonderful thing.

The poorer and the most powerful in this world, the youngest and the oldest, we all need to be loved. We are more alike than we think. Love makes you suffer, but it always gives you a result more valuable than the suffering. It’s like having surgery: you endure pain to be well. Sometimes you have to suffer to be able to experience joy. You have to value love with all its pain and suffering. Because love is all that matters.

MORE STORIES

Greg Boyle, SJ

StruggleWith the help of parishioners and the local business community in Los Angeles, Greg Boyle has worked to build Homeboy Industries into one of the largest, most comprehensive, and most successful gang intervention, rehabilitation, and reentry programs in the United States. In this audio clip, he discusses the power of going to the margins. [Interviewer]…

VIEW THIS STORY

Marijke Elsenburg

HopeYears later, Debby, the daughter of a good friend, came to visit. She had just discovered that she was unintentionally pregnant. I held back from saying much; I only listened. I was just there, for her and with her. There was trust. She felt welcome and safe. The picture of her daughter now hangs in…

VIEW THIS STORY

Margaret Irwin West

HopeIrish artist Margaret Irwin West believes that hope is like the sun: even if you can’t see it, it’s always there. In this audio clip, she discusses what inspires her artwork.

VIEW THIS STORY

Chan Jae Lee

DeathChan Jae Lee is the 76-year-old founder of Drawings for My Grandchildren, a popular Instagram account (@drawings_for_my_grandchildren) in which he and his wife create paintings and stories for their grandchildren in the U.S. Lee and his wife live in Korea.

VIEW THIS STORY

Maria Soerinah Hoetomo

HopeI protested to God. I was angry with him. I felt he was unfair to my family. I did not want to go to church, and I did not pray anymore. I did not want to communicate with the ‘evil’ God. Then one day I found an image of a cross torn in two on…

VIEW THIS STORY

Greg Boyle, SJ

HopeWith the help of parishioners and the local business community in Los Angeles, Greg Boyle has worked to build Homeboy Industries into one of the largest, most comprehensive, and most successful gang intervention, rehabilitation, and reentry programs in the United States. In this audio clip, he discusses God’s loving mercy. [Greg Boyle, SJ] I think…

VIEW THIS STORY