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…

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 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…