Breaking Major News

Breaking Major News

From June 23, 2023 Back in January, a Journal reader and Santa Chiara donor called me to discuss an idea he had: get me back on the road giving presentations at high schools, universities, and churches. His name is Mike and he lives in Finley, Ohio and has a summer residence in South Carolina. He would accompany me (he is…

A Tiny Voice

A Tiny Voice

From June 22, 2023 At the age of 76, I regret much of my life. There were too many screw-ups. While the last eight years have been hell, I regret none of them. While my life has become very stressful, very intense, I am, at long last, doing something that makes a positive difference in the lives of over forty…

The Grand Design

The Grand Design

From June 21, 2023 “Creativity is potentially dormant in every human mind. It needs nourishment and care.” — Fritz Eichenberg

The Secret of Life

The Secret of Life

From June 20, 2023 The secret was slowly revealed to me after what I consider to have been a mystical moment in the empty church in Rome in March 1995. For five years I put every ounce of my being into writing a book on Saint Francis of Assisi, something no one thought I could do, including me. Making two…

Photographs by Naïve

Photographs by Naïve

From June 19, 2023 Today’s Journal is a day at Santa Chiara from Naïve’s perspective.

On the Precipice of Catastrophe

On the Precipice of Catastrophe

From June 18, 2023 When we leave Santa Chiara to shop, we will see lots of heavily armed police and pass through a few police check points. But the gangs still control much of Port-au-Prince. Goods and services into the city are slowed and often delayed, making many items scarce. Humanitarian aid has slowed to a trickle.

Walkin’ in the Rain

Walkin’ in the Rain

From June 17, 2023 Yesterday, was my fifth full day in Florida and the first time I had a chance to take a walk on the Jetty. The days since my return have been jammed with nonstop work, much of it centered on a big, upcoming event which should be very helpful to Santa Chiara. Late yesterday afternoon, I knew…

Journal Roulette

Journal Roulette

From June 16, 2023 was so busy yesterday on several fronts that will help Santa Chiara, but which I am not yet at libertyto discuss (stay tuned), that I never had time to write a Journal. It was 9:18pm last night and I wasexhausted. I had been going nonstop (except for a brief run to the post office to mail…

The Voice of Love

The Voice of Love

From June 15, 2023 The work of social activists is slow, long, and hard…with lots of anguish, frustration, and roadblocks. Those who serve the poor need a deep well to replenish themselves. They need a strongspiritual component to keep them going. I need a very strong spiritual center to support myjourney in Haiti, to overcome the threats of violence, to…

Got Fuel?

Got Fuel?

From June 14, 2023 On Monday our driver, Michel, spent the day searching for diesel fuel…and found none. Normally, no matter how dire or long a fuel shortage was, he has always found enough fuel on the black market, even if we had to pay a high price. I took this photo during a short walk on Monday evening. The…