Just Another Crazy Day in Haiti

From November 27, 2019 Once again yesterday, Jarline, Walencia, and I went to 6:30am Mass at the MC sisters. During Fr. Tom’s homily, Wally put her head on my shoulder and feel asleep. Fr. Tom spoke movingly about the aftermath of the earthquake and how the sisters cared for him and hundreds of injured people. He said that as Christians…

The Sean O’Flynn Clinic

From November 26, 2019 From my perspective, the most essential component of Santa Chiara is the medical clinic. The idea of establishing clinic began percolating in my head when I realized how much time we spent during the first few years shuttling kids to hospital, and then spending endless hours in the hospital trying to navigate a child through the…

Floor Dining

From November 25, 2019 We have a very nice dining room table, but my son, Peter Francis, prefers to dine on the floor. It is hard to believe that within two months he will turn 2 years old. He is very precocious.

Going Home

From November 23, 2019 After a day of relative tranquility and reading on Thursday, I woke up yesterday morning feeling calm, but filled with uncertainty about not only the infection and the clotting in my arm but also if I could go home on Saturday. I was desperate to return to Haiti. I was comforted by an email I received…

A Culture of Emptiness

From November 22, 2019 For St. Francis of Assisi, his interior life took precedence over all else. His primary desire was to have a mindful openness to God at all times. St. Bonaventure tells us that when Francis was deep in prayer he became “oblivious of all that went on about him” and that he often became “lost in ecstasy.”…

The Armpit Guy

From November 21, 2019 Yesterday did not go I had hoped. A new serious complication came to light. I will not be able to return to Haiti as early as I has intended. For now, I’ll offer a simple summary of what happened during my time with the private surgeon. Before the doctor was able to look at the infection,…

A Better Day

From November 20, 2019 For me, writing is a way into inner stillness and calmness. I’m writing something deeply personal about my inner experience of the last six months. It is not meant for the Journal. Perhaps no one will ever see it. It is just something I need to do to help me understand some inner movement and how…

Dr. Gerry

From November 19, 2019 In Haiti, there are times, especially at night, when none of our three nurses are on duty at Santa Chiara. Their absence does not prevent minor cuts and scraps as a result of a fall. I escort the child to the clinic or the nearest bathroom to clean the wound, apply some form first aid antiseptic,…

A Money Jar

From November 18, 2019 I went to Mass at Ss. Cyril & Methodius Byzantine Catholic Church yesterday morning. I was a bit early, so I took a moment to look at the church bulletin. I was very surprised to see this notice in the bulletin: We have a jar in the hall to collect money for Christmas for the children…

Quote of the Day: Suffering

From November 17, 2019 The poor we see every day, the stories about deportation, torture, and murder we hear every day, and the undernourished children we touch every day, reveal to us the suffering Christ has hidden within us. When we allow this image of the suffering Christ within us to grow to its full maturity, then ministry to the…