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 the second pill I had to take…and I took the opportunity to bring up the event in the supermarket before leaving Haiti when the sudden onset of brutal headache that immobilized me for a minute or two.

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 told a friend that I couldn’t take fresh air, I needed to inhale smoke from burning garbage.

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 us up to be receptive to the inflowing grace.

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 up as there was no space for a U-turn. I had long way to go in order to reach a place wide enough to turn around.

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 to give ourselves away, to give ourselves back to God.

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