Mayan prayer, Mass give spiritual sendoff for 8,000-mile walk

December 29, 2009

Mayan prayer

SAN LUCAS TOLIMAN, GUATEMALA—On Dec. 28, CFCA President and Co-founder Bob Hentzen led sponsored children, their families, the aging and visiting sponsors in a Mayan prayer on the eve of Walk2gether, the 8,000-mile walk he is leading from Guatemala to Chile.

The prayer and a special Mass earlier in the evening set a spiritual tone for the start of the walk, which is a symbol of solidarity with people living in poverty.

The Mayan prayer with its colorful symbols of life and light—among them a basket of vegetables and fruit, incense, flowers, candles and Guatemalan cloth—was the final sendoff for Hentzen and others in the CFCA community around the world who will join him at various points on the walk.

A Mass held earlier in the evening was celebrated by Father John Goggin, a longtime coordinator of CFCA’s Atitlan project in Guatemala, and Father Greg Schaffer, an emeritus member of the CFCA governing board. The two priests have served in Guatemala for more than four decades.

The Mass culminated with a blessing of Hentzen, his wife, Cristina, and other members of the Walk2gether core team.