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Pope Francis, Creation and the Poor

There has been a lot of buzz lately about Pope Francis Encyclical,  Laudato Si, which was released today.  I have not read it and will comment on this blog after I have.

  What I can say is that unfortunately everything this pope says gets filtered through either a conservative or liberal political lens.  That is exactly the wrong way to read him because the Gospel just cannot conveniently fit into either of those frameworks.

  Before getting to the issue of the encyclical I would like to address the issue of income inequality, something that Pope Francis has commented on frequently.  His real complaint is that 1% of the world population controls about 80% of the worlds resources.  Now to be fair I know that several of the most wealthy people give generously to charity, put people to work with just wages and do other things to improve society.  Many others, however, simply horde their wealth.  The Catholic Church, going back centuries, has taught that there is a thing called distribu…

Midweek on the Honduras Mission

Due to heavy rains the day was limited.  Our visit to the orphanage was canceled.  We did have a wonderful re-dedication of the Church in Last Crucitas. Pictures are below.

More Action in Honduras

Many of you may not be aware that our mission has several sites.  Fortunately Scott Pursley, one of the missionaries, sends me pictures from different sites.  Also, you may remember yesterday's picture of the washed up road.  Later in the day our team from Santa Fe got stuck because of heavy rains.Fortunately they were eventually able to cross the waters and get back home safely. Later today we will be blessing a refurbished Church and visiting the Finca De Los Ninos orphange, celebrating Mass there.

Once again let the pictures tell the story.

A Great Day in Santa Fe

After overcoming the obstacles on the road we had a great day in Santa Fe

Obstacles on the Road to Santa Fe

Our Evangelization Team rode out to Santa Fe with that clinic's team and encounted various obstacles along the way

First of 3 Postings for today

This first entry of the day actually goes to yesterday when we did the Encuentro at Guadaloupe/Carney after visiting the hospital in Trujillo

Ending A Busy Day

Here at the Honduras mission Sunday is in many ways our busiest day.  Setting up gets finished and patients begin to be seen.  the day ends with Mass as the Cathedral with the Garifuna people. I did an article on them last year.  A trip to Google ad Wikipedian will give you all the info you need. Once again, let the pictures tell the story.

Getting to Work in Honduras

In the days ahead I will not be writing much.  I will let the pictures speak for themselves.Everyone arrived last night and we celebrated Mass and had a nice dinner followed by much needed rest to get ready for Sunday. On Sunday work began in full at the various clinic and hospital sites.

Back in Honduras

For the fourth year in a row I am participating in the mission trip sponsored by Christ the King Parish in Little Rock, Arkansas.  The journey here began yesterday morning in Tampa with flights to Houston and then to San Pedro Sula, Honduras, followed by a six hour bus ride to Trujillo.

 As I traveled I was aware that I was coming to familiar territory.  I know many of the missionaries and I know many of the Honduran people.It is much different than the first time I came here.  This experience is now something that I am committed to for as long as I am able to do so.
 The missionaries are a wonderful group--doctors,nurses, dentists, eye-doctors, construction team and teenage volunteers, as well me and the other members of the evangelization team. We have no illusions about changing everything in this very poor country, but we do know that we are making  a difference.

   One half of the team arrived last night and the rest will come tonight and be welcomed with a Mass and a fine dinn…