Pulling Mom’s Leg

Pulling Mom’s Leg

From July 30, 2022 On Tuesday Steph was watching a film on her computer. Moïse was under her desk.

Wrestling with Poverty

Wrestling with Poverty

From July 29, 2022 After spending more than three years thinking and writing about Saint Francis of Assisi, I’m still puzzled by poverty. Francis considered poverty to be a basic component of the Christian life. He urged his early followers to “empty” their hearts of all attachment to earthly goods. He saw poverty as a road a person must walk…

The Death of Hope?

The Death of Hope?

From July 28, 2022 These days, amidst the turmoil and instability of a nation on the verge of imploding, I often sit alone at the back of our compound and marvel at the beauty of the flowers and the laughter of the children and wonder: how did Santa Chiara survive in such a hostile environment.

Four Days to Go

Four Days to Go

From July 27, 2022 I took this photograph on Monday morning shortly after sunrise; the beach is a two-minute walk from my apartment…yet I rarely go. There was no internet that morning. A blessing which allowed me to walk along the shore for 45 minutes.

A Guest Writer

A Guest Writer

From July 26, 2022 Some years ago in the Journal, I wrote that the poor never get a vacation from the misery, struggles, and hardships of their lives. Back in May 2020 I had covid in Haiti. I was really sick…over 70 and had asthma. I was on oxygen 24 hours a day for seven days. The Missionaries of Charity…

July Birthday Party, Part 2

July Birthday Party, Part 2

From July 25, 2022 I shot most of the photos of birthday party for the four kids and two staffers who celebrated their birthday in July. I took the flash drive from the camera and brought to Florida so I could download the photos of my desktop computer. I found the flash drive after I sent Sunday’s Journal featuring photos…

We Are Deaf to the Message of the Prophets

We Are Deaf to the Message of the Prophets

From July 24, 2022 Beginning in the Old Testament and boldly traveling down through the centuries to our own time, the prophets have all spoken loudly and clearly about the absolute need to care for the poor. Yet we mostly have ignored those living hidden lives on the margins of society, living, suffering, and dying in dire need.

July Birthdays

July Birthdays

From July 23, 2022 We finally were able to institute a practice I learned in Peru during my two visits to Dr. Tony’s home for some 50 sick and handicapped kids. Every month, his team organizes one big birthday party for all the children celebrating their birthdays that month. When you have between 40 and 70 kids living in a…

I’m Physically in Florida, but Emotionally I’m in Haiti

I’m Physically in Florida, but Emotionally I’m in Haiti

From July 22, 2022 The hardships of daily life for the Haitian poor are impossible to enumerate. So much of their time is spent hauling water to their shacks of a home. Women walking a long distance to refuel their heavy propane gas tanks needed for cooking. Nights in darkness thanks to no electrical power. Persistent hunger; nonexistent health care.

Life at Santa Chiara

Life at Santa Chiara

From July 21, 2022 I was in the schoolhouse on Sunday when lunch was served. It amazes me that all the kids do not touch their food until all are served and grace is said. I would be sneaking a quick bite.