In his latest news report from Haiti, following the assassination of the president, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, then followed by a direct hit from tropical storm Grace, Fr. Hugo Esparza begins with a piece titled Grace and Bleakness. In the story he addresses those who have said to him that "these tragedies, which give no break to the Haitian people, are because these beautiful and people have been consecrated to Satan." But no, he says!
"The life of the disciple is to plant the Kingdom, fields of justice, truth, compassion, etc. More so, we are called to sustain the grace of redemption as we face the bleakness of our sin and the power of our accuser, Satan, fully displayed before us in the fruit of the weeds of corruption, the mendacity in Haitian Politics; neo-colonization, the not-too-invisible-hand of first world powers, interventionism; the arms industry, that makes a few millions of dollars by arming our thugs and police, at the same time; and hunger, sustained by intermediaries who raise the price of the basic food the poor can afford."
We are pleased that Fr. Hugo was recently joined by Father Julián Díez González, CP (Sacred Hearth Province). Fr. Julián is from Infinillas, Northern Spain and has been a missionary in the lands of Central America for two decades: in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Chile. With permission of his Provincial he has come to accompany and reinforce our Mission in Haiti.
Read Fr. Hugo's latest newsletter here
Please keep the work of the Passionists in Haiti in your prayers, and if you can, make a donation to their work through the website setup by Fr. Hugo Esparza CP. (it also includes Hugo's great podcast, Ask A Haitian | Ask a Foreigner) It is here: https://spphaiti.com/