Water, Children, and Angels

Water is essential for life on Earth as we know it. Yet how many times do we curse it as it overwhelms us with devastating floods… how many times do we raise our fists to the heavens as rain refuses to fall on the hard, sun-parched land? In America, we take so much for granted, …

Giving Something Up

Today is Ash Wednesday in Christianity, the day that marks the beginning of Lent, the season that commemorates Jesus fasting 40 days in the desert.  Often referred to as the three pillars of Lent, many commit to 40 days of Frankly, those are three things that every human should practice 365 days each year. Many …

Living & Learning with Mustard Seeds

Two years ago, I envisioned supporting our work for the children of Haiti exclusively with the agricultural project that I committed to with my friend Dwight.  Working in the excessive heat, limited water, and poor soil of the Sonoran Desert, we’ve learned another lesson that supports the ‘easier said than done’ theory. After a brutally …

Humbled by a Homeless Child

In Haiti, most children have a single set of clothes.  IF a child attends school, a uniform is a requirement.  Because the Barefoot School is open to everyone, we do not strictly enforce that requirement. As we prepared for the school year last summer, Justin’s budget included $4,500 for ‘uniform cloth.’  I was resistant to …

Revisiting the Rich Young Man

I was thinking about the story of the rich young man this morning.  You know the one… A rich young man asks Jesus how to get to heaven.  Jesus tells him to follow the commandments.  “I do!” the young man replies happily.  “One more thing,” Jesus adds, “Sell everything you have and give the money …

Toilet

Our Barefoot School has not had a functional toilet since we moved in last summer. Hygiene is as important as food and knowledge, particularly in an environment like Cité Soleil which has been experiencing a cholera outbreak in recent months. We have many things to focus on at our Barefoot School.  Justin and Benoit wisely …

I Had the Blues

According to a recent report on Haiti from the World Bank – November 2022 – Haiti remains the poorest country in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region and among the poorest countries in the world. In 2021, Haiti had a GNI [gross national income] per capita of US$1,420, the lowest in the LAC …

Core Message

Every Saturday morning, the Pray As You Go website presents an examen, a Jesuit tradition involving reflection on and moral evaluation of one’s thoughts and conduct.  I find this morning’s examen particularly inviting.  In it, I am asked, “If you had the chance to give just one sermon, what would be your core message in …

A Lesson in Bipartisanism

According to Wikipedia, ‘bipartisanship’ is a political situation in which opposing political parties find common ground through compromise.  As an adjective, ‘bipartisan’ suggests the agreement or cooperation of two political parties that usually oppose each other’s policies.  In today’s political environment, the word ‘bipartisan’ is tossed about like a cheap dinner salad thrown together as an afterthought with no commitment, no …