The common language of love, peace, and respect 1


Living in another country where you don’t speak the language poses many difficulties. But there are also many universal qualities that unite all cultures. In my time in Guatemala I have seen a simple gesture of holding a door or helping a blind person cross the street go a long way. Everyone needs a little hope. I may not understand what is being said in a conversation but by being there the people can see that I care and want to know about them and their lives. By using the very little Spanish I know I have taught a few English classes. We may only be able to say “My name is Rebecca and I am 18 years old” but the laughs shared and the hope given by my simple gestures are touching these people. The people do not need me to buy them things or do something grand but rather play soccer with some boys and swing with some girls. The world needs people to love others despite appearance, religion, race, opinions, or even language. Love knows no borders; people just want to know you care. Be truly present where you are and stop being too busy to love. Then by your example people will know by your expression that you are kind and loving.

“Love is a mystery that transforms everything it touches into things beautiful and pleasing to God.” –St. Faustina Kowalska

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About Rebecca Lindberg

I am 18 years old and I graduated from Holy Trinity Catholic High School in May 2015. I am currently in Guatemala living with the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary experiencing a different culture and myself outside of my comfort zone. I am from Temple, TX and I have three older sisters and a younger brother and sister.


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