Gumbo is a simple dish with a complex history. Influenced by the Native Americans, Africans, Caribbean, Spanish and French, its actual origin might be up for debate but the truth is it wouldn’t be gumbo without the influence of each cuisine.
I don’t know the story behind the woman marked with the sign of the cross, or the sobbing woman collapsed in her arms but I know the pain of grief and sorrow. And I know the sign on her forehead is our reason and the solution to have hope.
I’ve been serving on this altar for many years, and yet, the Padre had to prompt me. I felt off-kilter in a place and situation that under different circumstances I was comfortable and familiar with. I felt like a stranger.