From September 7, 2021 To write or to serve, that is the question. Writing is writing. For me, writing was not enough. Nor was it for Simone Weil.
From September 6, 2021 On Saturday, I received an envelope addressed to “All the Children of the Santa Chiara Children’s’ Center.” Puzzling. I had to open and what was. As slowly pulled the card of the enveloped it looked like a standard greeting card. The I spotted kids I knew, included Bency.
From September 5, 2021 Dr. Deluc sent me this selfie photo he took of himself and Clare Marie on Friday. They were in the clinic at Santa Chiara. He was treating her for an eye infection. I called him to inquire about my kid, one of six kids who have my last name. He said she will be fine after…
From September 4, 2021 I wanted Santa Chiara to be a family, which is the most elemental form of community. It is disappointing that Santa Chiara, despite my wishes and efforts, never really became either a family or a community. It is a collection of individual adults, all with different dreams and goals. The common thread among them is poverty.
From September 3, 2021 I began writing this moving meditation on September 7th in Florida. Two days later I returned to Haiti. I was, as always, truly excited to be going home. Once the normal raucous welcome faded and I started facing the bleak reality of Haiti I found myself questioning almost everything I had written about the possibility of…
From September 2, 2021 Just a few weeks ago, I was seated alone on a bench in the back of Santa Chiara. As I looked outover the beautiful garden and saw the kids running around, laughing, and having lots of fun, Ihad this thought: I created something beautiful.
From September 1, 2021 The world is awash in problems. Some at the indiscriminate hands of nature, but most from thecold, unloving hearts of humanity that sow seeds of division. We see love emerge in the aftermathof a destructive hurricane or earthquake, as good people rush in to help hurting people.
From December 7, 2020 Yesterday I received an e-mail from my friend Fr. André Cirino. He is a Franciscan priest living in Mount Vernon, New York. Last week he was responsible for raising $500 for Santa Chiara from a Secular Franciscan Fraternity in New York.