“It’s an experience of being rescued and saved. It’s not the idea of God, nor religion as a custom or a tradition. It’s an experience of the Living God,” they emphasized.
“God is love,” they said, “he is mercy, he is tenderness, compassion, patience, affection,” he is “the God who is the Shepherd of lost sheep, the Merciful God, the Good Samaritan God.”
“It is God who lives in a community that embraces life as it comes, or who goes out to look for it as it is, who evangelizes out of love, serving and being at the side of those who are suffering,” they continued.
The young people said that in their journey to recovery it was the Church “that gave us a place and God gave us a mission,” and that the “Great Family of the Hogar de Cristo (its official title) is an example of faith.”
According to the young people, the Hogar de Cristo “is one of the greatest places fighting against drugs” because it takes people where they’re at or goes out to find them.
Referring to the words of Pope Francis during his visit to Chile in 2018, the young people said the problem “is not feeding the hungry or to giving drink to the thirsty,” but rather the mission is to believe that the one who “is hungry, thirsty, passing through, sick, or imprisoned, has a dignity and worth to sit down at my own table, enter my own house and really make it my family.”