Walking with Moïse

Walking with Moïse

From October 10, 2021 I’m home. Outside of the frustrating 40-minute delay in boarding the plane, the trip wasuneventful. When I entered my second-floor residence, I did not see anyone. As I unlocked thedoor to my office, I heard Moïse. The door to his room was closed. I was so eager to see him, I didnot open my door. Instead,…

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones

From October 8, 2021 I’ve been in Florida for only eight days, not counting the two travel days. (Door to door to and from Haiti takes eight tedious and tiring hours.) Last night I sent a friend in Haiti my “to do” list during these eight days. The list had 39 items, 15 were still left for me to do…

Resembling Christ

Resembling Christ

From October 7, 2021 In all these years I’ve never encountered any Haitian staff member with Gaben’s level of dedication. The previous guy in charge often didn’t show up at Santa Chiara on weekdays. So many people I trusted, even loved, at Santa Chiara betrayed me…and worse, they betrayed the children.

Pass It On

Pass It On

From October 6, 2021 On Monday, I found only three pieces of mail in the post office box. Two of the envelopes were from readers/donors I knew. The third envelope had a return address I did not recognize: Moraga, California. When I got to my car, I opened the envelope. Inside was a notecard featuring a painting by Vincent van…

The Power of Love

The Power of Love

From October 5, 2021 Jesus desired that we do no harm to anyone, that we embrace and support all of life, all of creation. Jesus revealed that the creative force of the universe created by God was all-encompassing love. Jesus calls us to exercise the power of love to transform our wounded world beginning with our neighbors. To love all…

Contrasting Realities

Contrasting Realities

From October 2, 2021 In Wednesday’s Journal I mentioned how on the drive to the airport for the covid test on Tuesday, we encountered the road to the airport blocked by rotting garbage in the road that was so high drivers were forced to drive in the opposing lane for a short distance. I knew on Tuesday that the garbage…