“Sometimes we find children in bushes and sometimes these children are even abandoned at birth. They come to us crying and in shock,” Gracieuse Toussaint told me on my recent visit to the border town of Ouanaminthe in northeast Haiti.
It’s not often that I hear someone ask whether they should have flown west instead of east to visit our office. But when you live on the opposite side of the world, it’s a valid question. Cross Catholic partner Ruth Callanta stopped in this week to promote her Christ-centered approach to promoting economic development among the poor in the Philippines, and to thank us for our support.
Jesus’ joyous entrance into Jerusalem on that long-ago Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, which we celebrated a few days ago. Now are we in the middle of the days preceding Christ’s crucifixion and subsequent resurrection on Easter Sunday. It’s amazing how the events of one week have had a colossal impact on history and on our lives to this very day.
The recent conflicts in countries throughout the Middle East offer a glimpse of what can happen when people feel they’ve been treated unjustly. The result of perceived injustice can range from peaceful protests that bring about change to dangerous riots or clashes between citizens and the government.