In the photo you can see some of our friends from the Korean Evangelical Church in Barcelona, during their latest visit to our Home, the "Resi". In their faces and ours we can see western and eastern features, African and Latino ones... Yes. We truly are "citizens of the world", very different to each another, but all enjoying the atmosphere of welcome, love and friendship which our Children's Home offers.
We sang in Korean. We chatted in Catalan. There were testimonies in Spanish and in English... But we all used extensively a universal language: smiling. Every nation and culture has its own identity, but above and beyond every personal trait, we are all equally human beings, in need of the same solidarity from our fellow creatures.
Many citizens of the world are forced to uproot from their own country and become refugees in strange lands, very different from their home. It's not nice being citizens of a world so full of injustice, abuse, individualism, selfishness and pride. Our world is greatly lacking in solidarity, even though the term is so fashionable. We would like to be citizens of a new world, where respect for the dignity of other people and helping to meet their needs would be just as important as promoting ourselves and would shine out as a lasting reality.
Thank you, so many of you, because you do indeed very often show us those unmistakable traits of the "citizens of this new world": (1) putting yourselves in the place of others and (2) loving with no strings attached, showing truly unselfish love.