The Inaugural Bike Ride

From February 28, 2019 Yesterday, near the end of my seventh day in Florida, my new “used” bike still was parked in the bedroom. Every day I think I’m going to get a chance to ride it…even if for only ten minutes. By day got derailed yesterday when I had to go back to the doctor because I somehow misplaced…

A Delicate Balance

From February 26, 2019 How stupid it was of me to think that “my” work on behalf of the poor was more important than tending to my own inner poverty. It was never “my” work; it was work given to me by God. I was doing God’s work. And to perform at the highest level of effectiveness I needed to…

Medical News

From February 27, 2019 I went to the doctor yesterday. Every month he checks my lungs. I must take a breathing test each visit. Before the test, I told the doctor I had no real breathing issues in Haiti, despite all the smoke and pollutants in the air. However, since returning to Florida, my breathing has become more labored. I…

Clearing Our Inner Clutter

From February 25, 2019 Decluttering is the work of continual contemplative practice. As our mental clutter dissolves, we experience a greater inner silence. We begin to forget the self and are more and more grounded in God. This takes discipline on our part and an outpouring of grace on God’s part. Our inner stillness allows grace to operate and opens…

Mr. Gerry, Chauffeur

From February 24, 2019 Yesterday, I sent a thank you note via email to a faithful supporter who made a very generous donation. After finishing the “thanks,” I spontaneously shared with him something that happened that morning.

More Kids

From February 23, 2019 Billy sent me an e-mail saying that Sr. Immacula came to Santa Chiara yesterday to ask him if we could help her. She knows a woman who is HIV+ and is very sick. Sr. Immacula wants to help the woman, but the woman has four kids, a girl and three boys who need a place to…

Tear Gas, Shopping, and Headaches

From February 18, 2019 I left for the Missionaries of Charity just a few minutes before six yesterday morning. As always, I took a deep breath and hoped for the best. When I reached a long stretch of dirt road that is very narrow, I was dismayed to see a large water truck blocking the way. I decided to back…

The End of Isolation

From February 22, 2019 On the road to God, words eventually dissolve into silence. To become more and more silent, to enter deeply into creative silence, takes courage. The wordless is foreign to us. Yet God transcends language and intellect. In silence, we are able to meet our deepest self. When we have found our authentic self, we are free…

Flying to Florida

From February 20, 2019 Ecarlatte and I are both headed for Florida this morning…on a 9:00am Jet Blue flight to Ft. Lauderdale. Ecarlatte has a doctor’s appointment on Friday. She will return to Haiti on Sunday. I will stay in Florida for an additional week to handle administrative chores.

They’re Back

From February 19, 2019 Yesterday morning I spotted Christella in backyard. I was happy to see her. I gave her a hug. She clung to me. I went out front to see why she was here. I saw Madame Polycarne. She smiled at me. I then saw Lovna, who still looked sad, even though she was talking with Bency. I…