Dying Dumb

Dying Dumb

From June 28, 2021 Back in the 1970’s, before my semi-hard embrace of Atheism, I was in preparation to be ordained a permanent deacon. I’ve never written about this before. All I want to say is that I have never forgotten a class in which the scripture professor completely unhinged a classmate with his “radical” theory on Adam and Eve,…

The Twining of Violence and Poverty

The Twining of Violence and Poverty

From June 26, 2021 On Thursday morning I participated in a 90-minute Zoom meeting sponsored by the Justice Coalition of Religious. The aim of the meetings was to allow representatives of the United Nations Member States & civil partners hear the experiences of Haitians and their allies during this time of political and economic tensions and public health strain, which…

Got Hot Water?

Got Hot Water?

From June 25, 2021 Yes…thanks to the genius, generosity, and hard work of one man, a Canadian named Bob Thibodeau. Bob and his wife Amy have been in Haiti for at least three months volunteering at Mitch Albom’s place. On my first visit to Mitch’s, I couldn’t believe that they had hot water thanks to an invention by a volunteer.

Learning to Row

Learning to Row

From June 24, 2021 Last week, I mentioned in the Journal that an outbreak of violence would soon be erupting. On Monday morning, I tried to go to Petionville. I was nervous, but was assured the streets were still safe. Traffic has seemed lighter because people are fearful. Also, when people run out of gas, their cars remain parked. I…

The Hope in Hopelessness

The Hope in Hopelessness

From June 23, 2021 In aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and during the last six years at Santa Chiara, I’ve come face to face with hopelessness of intense suffering that accompanies extreme poverty that is magnified by political corruption and mindless gang violence. The hopelessness often overwhelmed me. I had to remind myself over and over again that…

All Is Green and Good

All Is Green and Good

From June 21, 2021 There is verse in a poem by George Mackay Brown stating: “In childhood, all is green and good, Trees, horses, stones, stars, flowers.” That is true for most of those reading this Journal, though many might substitute dogs or cats for horses. But it is certainly not true of a Haitian childhood, where all is hunger…

Things Are Changing

Things Are Changing

From June 19, 2021 My painfully realistic descriptions of life in Haiti are tough to read. The heartbreaking stories of many of our kids are even tougher to read. The fact that we’ve been operating virtually on a month-to-month basis for more than six years doses not instill confidence in potential new donors. The Journals sometimes give the impression I’m…