Flashback: A Wounded Healer

Flashback: A Wounded Healer

From January 16, 2022 We live in a world that is filled with pain. The planet is covered with people who are overwhelmed by suffering. Wars, monstrous acts of terrorism, famines, economic injustice, chronic poverty, drug addiction, diseases, and natural disasters are killing people every day. We are impotent when it comes to making the pain go away. Life is…

The Unexpected Epiphany

The Unexpected Epiphany

From January 14, 2022 The hallmark of Merton’s prayer life was his ability to keep vigil in silence with his heart’s eye on the horizon of the next moment. The next moment could reveal in light or in shadow the presence of the Beloved he so eagerly awaited. He kept his mind’s eye open for the unexpected epiphany. Waiting without…

Buried in the Rubble

Buried in the Rubble

From January 13, 2022 Yesterday was the 12th anniversary of catastrophic earthquake in Haiti that directly impacted an estimated three million people. I landed in Haiti just days after the earthquake. The horrific things I saw still haunt me. I documented the devastation in my book, Hidden in the Rubble, and in my film, Mid Pies & Kites.

Lab Results

Lab Results

From January 12, 2022 The covid test I took last Wednesday for my Saturday flight to Haiti were sent to my on Monday evening at 8:00pm. Had I not waited five hours at the walk-in lab on Friday, I would still be in Florida. To wait five days for a lab test that could be taken no more than three…

Second Floor Visitors

Second Floor Visitors

From January 11, 2022 On Sunday night, Gabens’ daughter, Rachel, was sick. She was even bleeding from her nose. So, first thing Gabens and his wife, Daphney, drove Rachel to the Jerusalem Clinic near us. The clinic did a bunch of tests and they must return today to review the lab results with the doctor. After leaving the clinic, they…

A Journal Flashback: A Cruel Tyrant

A Journal Flashback: A Cruel Tyrant

From January 10, 2022 Pervasive and destructive poverty is a cruel tyrant. The poor are vulnerable to disease and natural disasters. The unjust distribution of resources leaves them living in constant need. More than 1.5 billion people worldwide are forced to subsist on less than a dollar a day. About 850 million people are undernourished, with the number of chronically…