As soon I got back to my office after the staff meeting at 4pm yesterday local time, I overheard Sr. Jeanette telling Msgr. Tom about a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that recently hit Port-Au Prince, the capital city of Haiti. I got into my computer and typed cnn’s web address in the search toolbar, lo and behold, it was breaking news. It was a shocking devastation. I was saddened and instantly said, OMG! the poorest of the poor was struck by a massive earthquake. An impoverished nation that has gone through a lot from hurricanes, times of political upheaval, social unrest, etc. And now, a terrible earthquake? I immediately thought of Joan Martin, the Haiti Missionary from OMOS currently staying in the rectory for a short visit, a lady considered to be an epitome of poverty and simplicity, a lay woman filled courage, gentleness, holiness and inner strength. She’s not simply a hero, if such a word means someone who takes credit and gains fame out of a spectacular act but a saint in the making, someone who knows that whatever she does, is for the good of the church and for the greater glory of God. Few moments later, I saw her emailing at Lyn’s office. It was probably it.
At the dinner table yesterday with Msgr. Tom, Joan and Fr. Madhu, I shared that as a child growing up in an Island province located near the fault line, I experienced more than a couple of little earthquakes that caused fear to many people. I was told that when things of this nature happen, hiding under the table was the safest place to go. I did and it worked. But I guess, heaven forbid, if it were of a higher level, going out in the street would be a better option. Last night, before going to bed, I watched cnn reports which showed interviews with Haitian Immigrants pleading for help, pictures of houses and buildings in rubble and numerous people crowding the streets sobbing in tears. It was an absolute disaster.
On a personal note, I express my deepest sympathy to Haiti, a nation in need of immediate rescue and re-building. Prayers will be offered for all the victims and their families. For those who have died, “Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.
Thanks too for the generous response and the overwhelming flow of support extended by religious and social organizations from local to international to finance and man different rescue operations.
And for those who remained anonymous, thanks a lot for reaching out at this dark moment in Haiti…
Know that every dollar you send, sacrifice you made and prayer you said won’t be outdone.