Fr. Adams forwarded to me an email update that he sent to his family. It highlights a day-in-the-life of his never-boring priesthood. Fr. Adams writes:
I just got back from 6-hour drive south and a visit to our diocesan parish in the mining town of El Dorado. El Dorado was super scary. It’s a small town but bustling with activity...and rampant murder. Fr. Schaffer arrived there in Holy Week. There were 13 murders alone that week, along with prostitution, drug traffic...and chaos. There are 3 mafia people that run everything. It makes our barrios up here in my area look tame. There is a great need for light and hope and love and mercy.
I saw two guys standing on boats break out in a fight Friday morning as we were waiting to take off in our boat for the indigenous community called El Vapor. The anger in their faces was the most vivid I have ever seen in my life. One man grabbed a screw driver and started swiping at the other. The national guard just stood in the crowd doing nothing (they are afraid to get killed as they are raising families and the criminals have no conscience wiping out anyone in their way).
Arriving to the indigenous folks 45 minutes later by boat was such a contrast. They are such quiet humble people. I found them praying in their dirt-floor round chapel. Mass lasted quite a while. Fr. Schaffer preached a couple times. I preached. After communion they passed around a ceremonial piece of their native casabe (a white crusted bread-like stuff everyone eats here) with SUPER UBER hot sauce made of fire ants down there! Wow.
Well done, Nativity of Mary. You helped to raise up a true servant who is doing beautiful things for God. Be faithful. Be generous. Keep bringing the children to God. Our darkened world waits for them to be messengers of hope and the light of Christ.
Here’s to an important school year ahead.