On Monday, February 10, and Wednesday, February 12, Sr. Izajasza, our newest community member, visited the Mother Angela Clinic. She saw the way the clinic is organized and met the people who come to the clinic. The Mother Angela Clinic serves in places where people have no access to health care. With the help of and generosity of our brothers and sisters in Christ, we have the ability to reach them. Many patients come every month to have their prescriptions renewed, especially those with hypertension and diabetes. God is so real here. We see much faith in our people who have the determination to fight through obstacles until they see the outcome they believe God wants to give them. And that is healing. There are times when we need to couple faith with strength of will. Some of these people walk 5-6 miles to reach us.
We cannot go anywhere without our chauffeur, Fritz.
This poor woman walked miles to reach the clinic. It reminded us of the woman bent over in the Gospel of Luke 13: 11-13: “She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, ‘Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.’ Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.”
Yes, indeed, these words are being fulfilled in our hearing. We arrived in Santo Domingo Tuesday afternoon to be greeted by Fr. Juan Carlos, rector of Casa Arquidiocesana Maria de la Allagracia Cento Internacional. We stayed at the Casa during our visits to pharmacies and a meeting with a director of a drug distributor. We have made our connections and, hopefully, we now will be able to purchase medications needed for the Mother Angela Clinic.
Save us, O Lord our God! And gather us from the nations, to give thanks to your holy name, and make it our glory to praise you. (Psalm 106:47)
We hear in the Gospel “go out to all the world and tell the Good News.” This is our commission and partnership in the Gospel. It also means networking. On Saturday, February 1, we met Dr. Jim Morgan, MD, founder of The LAMP. This organization has a clinic in Citè Soleil, Haiti. For the past 10 years, they have been healing the poorest of the poor. We received some medical supplies that we could not use in our mobile clinic but knew they would be very useful in a stationary clinic. God made the way!
On Saturday, January 11, the first Neocatechumenal community of Jacmel celebrated the Eucharist together at the Haiti Mission. It was a joy to join all the communities in the world in the celebration of the Eucharist. What gave it even more excitement was that it was the vigil feast of the Baptism of the Lord!