Fr. Kirby Longo’s Homilies

July 15, 2018 - Blackfeet People, Poverty, and Grace

July 17, 2018

The Blackfeet are predominately Catholic, and overwhelmingly Christian besides- in other words they are a faithful people. Yet they face dire poverty with 70% unemployment. Alcohol and drugs have wreaked havoc upon their people with a disproportionate amount of young deaths, as well as ½ the children in Browning being born addicted.

Where is God’s grace in this place? Where is he when his people so badly need him? Why does he not come to their aid? These were some of the questions on our young people’s hearts as the trip began- and on my own heart. Yet as we came to know the Blackfeet people and saw their faith, suddenly Jesus seemed to be everywhere, and different questions arose in our hearts.