Looking Back and Ahead

From January 31, 2020 I have a 3:39 flight this afternoon to Port-au-Prince. I’m eager to get home and back with my unconventional family. I only had six full days in Florida on this trip and thanks to all the work I needed to do that short span of time precluded any serious rest or relaxation. I never made the…

Advice for Me from Me

From January 30, 2020 make films, yet I don’t actually think of myself as a filmmaker. My photography has been published and praised, yet I don’t think of myself as a photographer. I have written five published books, one of which garnered two prestigious writing awards, yet I don’t really think of myself as an author. I’m the head of…

Live Love

From January 29, 2020 Contemplation and poverty are natural partners. Contemplation helps us to see, to see both inside us and to see around us. Our contemplative vision improves as our lives become more simplified.

A Magnet for the Broken

From January 28, 2020 Jesus was a magnet for the broken. Think about all the broken people in scripture who were drawn to Jesus. At the top of list is Zacchaeus, whose encounter with Jesus is found in the Gospel of Luke. He was a chief tax-collector at Jericho and wealthy man. You need to erase from your mind an…

Pinching Pierogies

From January 27, 2020 After the Divine Liturgy yesterday at Ss. Cyril & Methodius Byzantine Catholic Church, a woman from the office (Eleanor) said to me, “Gerry, we have some money for you. Come to the office with me.” She had a stack of bills—lots of one-dollar bills, as well as some fives, tens and twenties, which she sorted and…

Simple Tasks

From January 26, 2020 God can be found in the simple tasks of daily life. Everything is sacred.

Letting Go

From January 25, 2020 Ecarlatte has vacated the apartment. I truly hope that Ecarlatte can let go of all her anger and resentment. Her mental illness prevents her from the kind of self-reflection she needs for a healing. All we can do is pray that her new environment, with its beauty and crisp, clean air, will be a soothing balm…

A New Chapter

From January 24, 2020 With Ecarlatte’s move to her new apartment which hopefully be completed today, we begin a new chapter in the life of the Santa Chiara Children’s Center. In May we will celebrate five years of caring for dozens upon dozens of kids. As we look to the future, we can’t fall into the trap of only seeing…

The Long-Awaited Move Begins

From January 23, 2020 My stomach was tied in knots yesterday morning. History has taught me that at any moment things with Ecarlatte can be derailed. Because I’ve known the tap-tap driver who arranged for the truck and would be coming with the driver, I had full confidence they would be here at 10:00am as promised. But I was worried…

Dramatic Actions

From January 22, 2020 I don’t like writing about our precarious financial situation. I will offer you, in the spirit of transparency, the bottom-line situation and the relief that is on its way. But of greater importance is the steps we are taking to reduce expenses and ensure that we pass with the flying colors the next government inspection.