Yesterday and today we 11 university professors traveling with Catholic Relief Services in Ghana were warmly welcomed by village chieftains and Muslim imams. We entered the chieftain’s home on Monday and the imam prayed with and for us. In return the CRS representative presented our thanks.
As we sat together both days, we, as a delegation representing CRS, and they, representing the largely Muslim local community, were the visible sign of our one human family of which we are each members.
Whatever our national, racial, religious, economic or ideological differences — and in an increasingly interconnected world, loving our neighbor has global dimensions.
We joined together in our common humanity and were able to achieve remarkable progress in 138 of the poorest communities in northern Ghana.
We saw health facilities ensuring that each child receives vaccinations. We saw teenage girls remaining in school because they were no longer ashamed of their first menses. We saw men and women participating in savings and internal lending groups in order to achieve greater financial security. We saw nutrition educators helping families to grow and eat nutritious meals.
I could list more gains that these communities have achieved, but the key achievement is that they are working together, with CRS, for the Common Good. It is a gift for us professors from the United States to learn how, by bridging differences, we gain strength.