Author Archives: Felician Mission: Haiti
“Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ Behold, I have told you.” Then they went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce this to his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them. They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”
On Saturday evening, April 4, we were once again blest to have Eucharist. We remembered each of you in our celebration.
“Let us run to accompany him as he hastens toward his passion, and imitate those who met him then, not by covering his path with garments, olive branches or palms, but by doing all we can to prostrate ourselves before him by being humble and by trying to live as he would wish. Then we shall be able to receive the Word at his coming, and God, whom no limits can contain, will be within us.” From sermon by St Andrew of Crete
“My God my God, why have you abandoned me?” Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday, is a time to move from an event that happened two thousand years ago to who we are today. Literally, the whole world is affected. We are hurting, confused, frightened, haunted, and wishing we could just wake up from this nightmare. Is it any different than the nightmare of the Apostles who just in a matter of hours lost the one in whom they had put all their hopes and expectations? Is it any different than the regret of Peter whose last words of denial kept playing over and over in his mind? Is it any different from the emptiness Mary felt, holding her Son’s crucified and lifeless body? Is it any different from the fear of the disciples locked in the upper room, wondering if they were going to be next? None of this made any sense sense at the time of them living through it. As we listened and read the Passion from Matthew, we, too/ are called to live and pray this truth. Here is a question we ask ourselves: “Do I see Christ Crucified today?” This is a reality which we live with and are being asked to internalize. Instead of pleading to God to change this situation, can I begin to see how the suffering of Christ is a reality in the suffering of humanity? Indeed, Christ chooses to suffer with us in our afflictions.
Two thousand years ago, the whole world was affected by the death of Jesus. That event changed the face of humanity. Today, in the midst of the pandemic event of human suffering, we sit, ponder, and prayerfully meditate with the Passion of Christ from both the historical and contemporary dimensions. As Jesus did not abandon us even in His suffering, so, too, are we assured of His presence in this challenging time. We pray from the core of our being, not as defeated people, but people who know that God is faithful to the splendor of the resurrection. We walk with you closely this Holy Week, like we have never walked it before…”But you, O Lord, be not far from me; O my help, hasten to aid me.” Ps. 22
We see how the Word is being fulfilled in our hearing, in the raising of Lazarus. In the first reading from Ezekiel, we feel like we are in a tomb–not going anywhere, with only limited contact with others–but the Lord promises He will raise us from this “grave”; and He will do it by giving us new life. Even though we may feel as though it is getting worse, the Lord is leading us into a new trust, one in which we know He is here with us.
God wants to show us His glory and He desires our obedience in the moments of not understanding our poverty of not being able to move about freely. At times we feel bound and tied, experiencing the poverty of no control and begging when will this end…but Jesus has a deeper insight into all this for us. He desires to give God the glory in this, so we can witness to His saving power and presence. “… the One who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also, through his Spirit dwelling in you.”
Let us touch this Spirit in us, which is being nurtured for something even greater than us for now. We can say with Martha: “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise.” Martha said to him, “I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.”
Jesus is coming into the world. In all of this, He is coming; and we are called to witness the “stone” being moved away, the virus being moved away. Let us not have the virus of doubt in this current situation. Let us not allow it to kill our belief and trust, but to be victorious over it, to believe that God can raise us up in this, “Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?” Today, it is in our solitude, silence, aloneness that we might be untied, unbound, and made free,
We are walking with you and meeting you in this powerful Word that is calling to be fulfilled in our hearing. Let us believe so that God can be glorified.
Praise the Lord! Daily, in our chapel in Jacmel, we have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 3-6 p.m. We are praying for the Lord to have mercy on all people throughout the whole world. We heard about placing a photo of Divine Mercy upon our front door for divine protection. We especially pray for the sick and dying, for doctors and nurses, and for all workers. Know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Please remember Haiti in your prayers.
“I know the plans I have in mind for you, plans for your welfare…plans to give you a future full of hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
Well, like everywhere, plans here are changing day by day. In our last post, we said we were having daily Mass. That changed in a day, when more cases were being revealed in Jacmel. So we have joined everyone in self-quarantine, like the rest of the city and world.
However, we did manage to purchase the buckets with valves and buckets with filters. Now at least the families of our children can have clean water and be able to wash their hands as directed.
After the buckets were prepared, we called families we knew to give them a bucket with Clorox for the washing of hands.
Buckets with filters are being given to women with families in need of clean water. Melinda, one of our workers who helps us with teaching how to use the filters, had a group of three yesterday. Today she will do a few more.
We are so, so grateful for all who have donated to the Felician Haiti Mission. Your assistance makes all the difference, one person at a time. Praying for you…please pray for us.
On Friday, March 20, they confirmed the first two cases of Covid19 in Haiti. That same day, the President announced schools, businesses and Churches would be closed until further notice. There were to be no gatherings over ten people, and after 8 pm, there would be a curfew.
At our mission, we are following the restrictions that the country has placed upon all. The Mother Angela Mobile Clinic is still working. Everyday the clinic is educating the people on how to protect themselves from the virus in the midst of unsanitary conditions. We have provided a bucket with water and Clorox so that patients would wash their hands before seeing the doctors. One of the priests has asked us not to come to his parish chapel for now.
We are in the process of preparing face masks for our clinic workers and personnel; and, hopefully, we will have more for others who ask for them. It is impossible to purchase them here in Jacmel. We also ordered more buckets with filters for clean water and buckets with valves. We will be buying Clorox and soap for our people.
Everyday our children come to eat. We wash their hands, measure their temperatures, and only accept small groups at a time. We are following the restrictions of ten people at a time in the mission. We are blessed to still have Mass in our convent chapel and to receive Eucharist daily. We are praying for you and for healing of the world many times during the day. Please keep us in your prayers, too.
We hear news everyday that the virus is spreading very quickly in the Dominican Republic, which is on the island we share. Haiti does not have the medical help as in other countries. The people are in fear, and we feel we are here first to bring them hope and to proclaim Jesus Christ and His Good News. We try to help them believe that God will make all things new in a different way than we imagine.