Jon Cortina, S.J.

The Less Familiar Story: Padre Cortina

Twenty five years ago tonight, I was a seven-year-old watching the evening news with my parents, as we did every night. There was a story about some murders, but I didn’t pay much attention to them. It was until the Spring of 2003, when I was preparing to go to El Salvador for the first time, watching a documentary with my group, that I suddenly remembered having seen the footage on the nightly news nearly 15 years earlier. For me, this particular anniversary is a reminder of how interconnected our world is, how we really do have a responsibility to our brothers and sisters to help care for them and ensure our world is a place where all people are able to live without fear that their lives will be cut short by poverty, oppression, war, etc.