I have found my place!

AS Camilo Barréra, Bogotá, Colombia


As I flew back to Bogotá after Associate Commitment Day, I thought: How joyful it is to realize that I have found my place!—a place where the entire me can find itself with The Love, with no "but" that can stop me….

I felt it through the different people of the Franciscan Community: their reception, their listening, their open arms, their guided tours through Little Falls and St. Cloud. I felt it through the trees’ wonderful colors, the cold and the sun, the beautiful squirrels and through delicious food. I felt it through the happy connections between the retreat topic and the liturgies Thursday to Sunday.

For a very long time I’ve looked for a place where my whole history is at home—and I got it! A place where diversity, respect and faith coexist as friends. They are not just pretty words—no! I concretely and intensely experienced it during the five days I lived in Minnesota.

Still, I cannot say with Peter: "Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters..." (Luke 9:33). No! Many more people deeply wish to find themselves within The Love despite differences. We must work to overcome our narrow certainties and be open to the enormity of The Love* because our Father loves each one in a special way. From Bogotá and from all places, it is possible to love and grow our Global Franciscan Community.

*There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female. All are one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28)

Camilo Barrera with globe 10-8-2016 (Fall Retreat)
Camilo during the “Being a Global Franciscan Community”
retreat in Little Falls.


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The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota, is a community of Catholic women religious who follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ, walking in the footsteps of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi. We believe that the living of a poor, simple and prayerful community life is a ministry of presence and witness. Our doors are open to the public to celebrate Mass in Sacred Heart Chapel and to benefit from the St. Francis Music Center and St. Francis Health & Recreation Center. We welcome those who wish to join us as sisters, associates, volunteers, transfer sisters, friends and donors.


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