Sr. Patricia Acuña, FMI, shares a first-hand account and photos of the earthquake in Chile from the community of Talca. Talca is situated 250 km south of Santiago, near the epicentre of the 8.8 magnitude earthquake of February 27th. The roof over the Sister’s kitchen and laundry room collapsed, and the second floor wall of their neighbour’s house fell on theirs. Thankfully everyone was safe. Sr. Patricia describes the days after the earthquake, and the deep faith and hope of the Chilean people….
Four historical churches were demolished, but the living temples are those which are more important at this moment and will be those who with work, strength and love will raise other churches where our faith can continue to be celebrated. Just today, a group of lay Marianists, accompanied by Sisters Adelia Villar and Marcela Espinoza, went with aid of food, shelter and water to one of the summer mission sectors, which is in lamentable condition…
Nature showed us her power, the earth shook us up, the sea devastated us, and we say like Habakkuk: “Lord, in the earthquake grant us your mercy,” and thus it has been. In the ruins the people are bewailing the fallen, and it is here that the essential is the interior life, which is what will rebuild a people en marche, so that the future generations may enjoy the beauty of a coastline with beautiful and crowded beaches and a beautiful city called Talca.
We remain united in prayer and solidarity with all our sisters and brothers in Chile.