Jake (my fellow accompanier) and I arrived safely in Barranquilla on Wednesday, and we have been warmly welcomed. There is an ever-present breeze in the air at this time of year, easing the heat that can be stifling at other times.
The pace has been slow and gentle so far–about what I expected given that many people and places are still on vacation through Epiphany (which will get a Monday holiday since it falls on a Saturday this year) or even later into January. There is sporadic activity at the Presbytery office. Back to school items are lined up at the entrance of the SAO mega store down the street.
It is good to be here again, on my third visit to Barranquilla. I am getting back into the gentle rhythm of life here, grateful this time to see that so many people are enjoying a much-needed respite, with family-focused efforts taking the place of their usual labors. The ever-present miracle of life goes on. Alleluia!