This readers' page runs from time to time during the year. As one way we can encourage one another, we invite you to share experiences that have lifted your spirits, warmed your heart, or stirred your soul.
Carmen Mendieta, the mother of seven children, was killed in a contra ambush in Nicaragua on December 2, 1987, exactly seven years after four U.S. church women were murdered in El Salvador. She was a member of Christ the King Parish, a sister community to New Jerusalem Community in Cincinnati, of which the author of this meditation was a member when this article appeared. Jim Luken had just returned from a visit to Nicaragua when he learned of Carmen's death. --The Editors