Blocked Traffic and Heavy Gunfire

Blocked Traffic and Heavy Gunfire

From March 1, 2024 Yesterday morning around 7:30, I received the alert front the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince. This location was about a 15-minute drive from Santa Chiara…or it was two years ago. Boulevard 15 du October is where Aristide’s home is located.

Hands Together

Hands Together

From February 29, 2024 Many of long-time Journal readers know that my first trip to Haiti in December 2010 was to spend time with Fr. Tom Hagan, who is an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales. We have been friends ever since. He was featured in my film Mud Pies & Kites.

Perfect Joy?

Perfect Joy?

From February 28, 2024 When our days are disrupted or upended by some unforeseen event that scuttles our plans for the day due to some external event beyond our control (such a flight cancelation) or some physical ailment (a nasty cold) we often have a hard time adjusting to the new reality of the day.

The Broken Ground of My Life

The Broken Ground of My Life

From February 27, 2024 For a seed to grow it must be planted in broken ground. If a seed is sown on hard ground, nothing will happen. When the ground of our lives is broken during periods of significant trial, failure, and suffering, the seed of faith is able to grow. Life often is unfair and we are dealt serious…

A Super Sunday

A Super Sunday

From February 26, 2024 Yesterday, Stéphanie and I broke out of prison. We left Santa Chiara at 12:40pm with Officer Richard and headed for a small hotel near the airport where a friend from United States was staying. He is in Haiti on a special assignment for the U.S. Government.

Cuban Embassy

Cuban Embassy

From February 25, 2024 An extraordinary amount of work went into getting the meeting at the Cuban Embassy on Friday. There were many twists and turns, ups and downs, and lots of misunderstandings and misinformation. Plus, we ripped through a lot of money we did not have to help one two-year girl with a rare medical condition and who had…

Haiti: The Way of the Cross

Haiti: The Way of the Cross

From February 24, 2024 After more than a dozen years filming in massive slums around the world, it was in Haiti where I began to encounter Jesus on a deeper level. In Haiti, the Cross was around every corner; there was nowhere to hide from it. The end of Jesus’ earthly journey began when He carried the cross from Pilate’s…

Welding

Welding

From February 23, 2024 The handrail leading up to the 2nd floor became loose. Kids go up and down the stairs all the time to go to the medical clinic. Gabens called a welder to repair it and a problem with one of the gates.

Reservoir Water

Reservoir Water

From February 22, 2024 Yesterday, an old water truck delivered water for washing and cleaning.

Archival Home for My Books and Films?

Archival Home for My Books and Films?

From February 21, 2024 On Monday, my good friend Jonathan Montaldo spoke with me about donating all my books, along with early drafts and notes to a university. On the overwhelmingly long list of things I MUST do, admittedly this was very low on sub list of things of things I should do.