Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Beyond the mountain is another mountain

DYE MON, GEN MON— a Haitian proverb — translates to “beyond the mountain is another mountain”. This saying explains the extreme difficulties of life in desperately poor Haiti, even under the best of circumstances. After the terrifying earthquake, horrible got worse.

Listeners to local Catholic radio may be familiar with Dee Leahy and the charitable organization People to People Haiti; Dee was in Port-au-Prince at the time of the quake, but is reported to be OK and plans to remain in Haiti. More information on Haiti from that charity's original founder may be found here. The Crudem Foundation of Saint Louis operates Hôpital Sacré Coeur in northern part of the country which reportedly was not harmed by the earthquake, but will certainly be overwhelmed because of the destruction of other hospitals in that country. Other charities are found here.

Bad as the situation is now, it will get worse for those who survived in the devastated area, due to the great loss of life, property, and organization. Charity can be both spiritual and material, so perhaps you can meditate on Christ Crucified and offer that for the victims.

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