The impact of a gaze that makes a person a person.
Pedro Poveda was skilled at looking, seeing and understanding the human person in such a way that he left a special impression at each encounter. He saw people’s capacity for resilience, perseverance, enterprise and excellence.
Pedro Poveda’s gaze on the people he met in Guadix, Oviedo, Covadonga, Jaén and Madrid, left its mark. We too can receive, welcome and experience the impact of that gaze today.
It is a penetrating gaze that sees beyond the ordinary daily life of a person who is hurt, weakened, sometimes humiliated and apparently limited. This gaze can perceive and discern the strength and dignity that comes from being unique and irreplaceable in the eyes of God. This is a gaze that recognises and appreciates a person’s greatness for what they are and for what they can become, and for their willingness to overcome difficulties and pitfalls. This is a gaze that builds, dignifies, and invites people to betterment and to excellence.