Visiting Nicaragua: A Truth About Culture

Nicaragua water

A water tank supported by CRS and Caritas through the ACORDAR project in the Diocese of Estelí. Nicaragua Photo by Mikaele Sansone/CRS

John Mullee is a seminarian from the Diocese of Cleveland studying at St. Mary’s Seminary in Cleveland. John participated traveled to Nicaragua as part of the Global Fellows program.

Today on our journey we saw and heard so much need. Those that are working toward improving lives point us to the truth of human development. It is clearly an understanding that global solidarity does not place a label on a culture. We are all one human family created in God’s image. Although we experienced language barriers today, we did not experience human barriers.

We saw a well which brought clean water to 8 families in a remote community in Miraflores. A potato farmer shared how his yield has increased with the help of those who saw a need and responded.

A presentation from Caritas touched on numerous programs that recognize the dignity of all in the human family. One of these programs is the growing AIDS epidemic in Nicaragua and how they are mobilizing to implement prevention and education programs.

CRS and Caritas have come to understand the core truth about culture. How we are all one culture in God’s Family.

An excerpt from Megan McKenna on how cultures can transform:

“The word culture comes from the Latin, colere and culturare, meaning to till or cultivate the land. It is, then, something which is elaborated by humankind, our artistic creativity, including our language, architecture, music, and art. But past this, it is also the way we live, the way we think, and the way we see the world; our beliefs, values, attitudes, customs and social relations. Culture transmits to us its own intrinsic understanding of the way the world works, as well as to lead us to see what is important within that world.”

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