Open The Door

When I arrived in Chontal this time, as I’ve written a few times, I found out about what had happened with some of the kids in the school: four had committed suicide in the weeks and months earlier. So as the teachers were preparing for the upcoming Christmas program I visited each day to spend…

Jesus Believes In You

Arthur is a veteran who had jumped out of airplanes in the Gulf War. He had done enough jumps to produce long-term injuries in his back and legs, so that he couldn’t walk anymore without assistance. His doctors told him he would never walk again without assistance. Depressed and unable to exercise, he gained a…

True Joy

About 7 years or so ago I was a postulant in a Franciscan community and was helping as part of a mission to a parish school in another state. I went around visiting the classrooms and talking to the kids until recess arrived. We all went outside in the good weather to the court, with…

Shake The Tree

On my last visit in Ecuador I had the chance to visit some people I hadn’t seen in a while. One of those places was a small village where I and some Franciscan sisters had gone every week for about a year to preach and have a communion service. I prepared a lot every week…