The Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Santa Cruz, Monsignor Sergio Gualberti, reiterated that indifference and silence pave the way to complicity, especially when, as passive spectators, we witness the thousands of deaths from poverty, violence, shipwreck and human trafficking in those dramatic days caused by the pandemic.
He said there are so many Bolivian brothers who are leaving our country and so many other immigrant brothers looking for better days for themselves and their families, as can be heard on social media about each one Tell a dramatic story that challenges the community. to stop the unacceptable humanitarian crisis in many parts of the world.
“The loss of just one human life is always a tragedy,” he affirmed in his Sunday sermon, in which he celebrated his 50th anniversary as a priest in the service of the Lord and the Church, “called to be a simple servant of God, Jesus Christ , the Gospel, the Church and all “.
He pointed out that given the circumstances of the pandemic, they cannot be exposed to contagion, but he also believes that all of God’s people of Santa Cruz want to attend this important date in their life, for which he thanked the people of Santa Cruz The journey went together for 22 years.
He recalled that his experience as a “missionary in Bolivia” had awakened his desire to serve a church. In 1979 he was sent to Bolivia to join other priests from the Bergamo diocese who were active in the country.
He affirmed that he had learned that to be a missionary means to live the mystery of the Incarnation, to read the Word of God inserted in the life, religiosity, culture and history of God’s people and the pastoral path and the possibilities of the pilgrimage church in Bolivia, as well as the preferred and evangelical option for the poor.
The prelate said that he learned much more from the poor than he could give: the feeling of trust in God, providence, sobriety, the value of the essential, community and solidarity. “During this journey, I just tried to do what the Lord told me to do, to discover and use the treasure of his presence in the events of the day and in people’s lives,” he said in his thank you message.