What religion means for our pequeños. March 15, 2017 - Peru
Holding his rosary.
Mauro* is thirteen years old and has four younger sisters. As a teenager he is wise for his age, and the love that he shows his younger sisters brightens any room he enters.
At NPH Peru we do not have a chapel on our land so every Sunday, we walk about fifteen minutes to go to mass in the community. Our family fills a large portion of the available pews and Mauro is one of the reoccurring pequeños that assists the priest during mass. Before Mauro arrived to NPH back in 2014 he said that did not go to mass, but “almost always felt a great connection to his faith.” He says that faith represents, “peace, harmony, happiness, and unity.” On a daily basis he shows his faith by “respecting others, respecting the elders and himself.”
Easter and Holy Week is a large celebration in the home with many events, Mauro’s favorite being the Easter egg hunt in the early morning hours. As we know, Easter is more than eating a delicious meal and sharing time with loved ones. It is also a time to “remember the miracle of Jesus rising from the dead after three days” says Mauro.
Mauro’s favorite song in mass is called, “Junto a ti Maria” because it talks about giving thanks. This led to Mauro coming up with his own prayer.
“Thank you Lord for everything that you gave us and for sharing your love. Thank you for giving us a new life and for forgiving us. Thank you for taking care of my family and the people I don’t know. Thank you for giving me new friends and another family at NPH Peru.”
*Name changed for privacy purposes.
Anna Hester Communication Officer
You may be only one person in the world, but you may be all the world to one child.
—Fr. William Wasson