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Hi everyone.

Blessings to all for Pentecost. From the various journals  and publications I read there does appear to be a  Pentecost effect that Pope Francis has helped to inspire in many parts of the world.  Remember, he is not the church, he is another pilgrim  accompanying us on a journey!   I have frequently heard from those  who visit  us, the  joy they experience and the  attention they receive  from worshiping   in our rural communities.  I am often confused when I am  visiting parishes  in the States and observe  the large numbers of people who detour from the Communion Line  to a  bee line in  the parking lot.  I have become accustomed to guessing the age of the bee liners and  many have earned   AARP Frequent  5pm dinner awards. It never happens here. People come late, including myself and stay late.    The poor continue to serve as good teachers who practice good manners, love the Lord and hear His Voice.

Last Sunday after Mass we blessed the new water project that brings filtered   drinking water to another community. This is the third project with Living Waters for the World  Directed by the Olancho Aid Foundation under the leadership  of our engineer  Pablo Sarmiento and Oscar Fuentes ,the man who took these pictures. Here then take a look.  


By the way that is not gin in the glasses! We are raising a toast with purified water. Many thanks to all who made this possible. Good water means good health!


I have said many times that while Baptism is an important sacrament, it is second to La Presentation  or the blessing  40 days after birth, that for many  is almost more important. You can always be baptized  I guess but forty days comes onlyl once:



For three days last week  we celebrated  baptisms and processions , including carrying a large than life statue of San Isidro,  Patron Saint of Jutiquile . Here then some pics of Jutiquile.




Later today the Latin American Church will ¨sing a new song unto the Lord¨with the beatification of Archbishop Romero from  neighboring El Salvador.  A number of students from this campus left yesterday after the university graduation to be in attendance.  Along with Pope Francis  let us pray  for an end to the increased violence  that unfortunately still shatters not only El Salvador, our neighbor ,but most of Central America.  When working in both East Boston and  Somerville  I had some contact with people from El Salvador . Who knew then that God was laying the foundation for  another stage in my journey.  My life has been a Pentecost  of  languages opening doors and ¨tongues of fire¨that I never dreamed of.

This week I received on Facebook a note from Lisa and Peter Leonard from Marshfield  Massachusetts.  They married when I was at Saint Catherine in Somerville and  I was with them for their 25th wedding renewal of vows. I copied  this photo and text   that I  edited for brevity . Thanks for sharing it  with me and now let me  share it as a parable for Pentecost.   Since Jesus chose to speak briefly , in  parables and  my own preaching  style is similar, allow  me –  on Pentecost Sunday – to  see the world with the eyes of a 4 year old.



Our 14-year-old dog Abbey died last month.  My 4-year-old daughter Meredith  asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her  and she dictated these words and photo………………

Dear God,
Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her. I hope you will play with her. She likes to swim and  
play with balls. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will   know that she is my dog. I really miss her.
Love, Meredith

We put the letter, photo and return address in an envelope and dropped them off at the local post office.  Meredith  pasted several stamps on the  envelope because she said it would  take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven.  A few days later  there was a package  on our front porch addressed to Meredith. She opened it  and there was   a book by Mr. Rogers called,  ‘When a Pet Dies, with  a photo of Abbey & Meredith and this note that reads:

Dear Meredith,
Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help and I recognized her right away. Abbey isn’t sick anymore.  Since we  don’t need our bodies in heaven, I don’t have any pockets to keep your  picture in,  so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep  and have something to remember Abbey by.  Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you  write it  What a wonderful mother you have.  I picked her especially for you. I send my blessings every day and  remember that I love you very much. By the way, I’m easy to find.   I am wherever there is love.

Love, God


I mentioned last week we have begun the process of moving the administrative offices of the Foundation from this campus to the site where Nazareth´s special needs children are.  Here then are a few photos of the move.  I am told that this year there are 80 children in Nazareth and if it were not for those who support this work of mercy, then  there will be,  as a song says,  trouble in River City.  I will have some more photos of the new offices next week.



I have First Communions today at ten so let me get ready. My plans are to head to the Boston area in August and get some medical reviews done. It will be a year in July that  I ended up in a coma but am feeling much better.  When the Lord said,  Dick,  ¨take a break¨He meant  it!  Okay, Okay, I heard you !!!!!!

Talk with you next week, may our faith bring lives  full of compassion. Children of the sixties, come sing……………….·¨ let the Son  shine in¨.

Father D

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