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My experience with the people of Haiti, particularly with the children, spoke to me about what Jesus meant when he said, “Blessed are you who are poor for yours is the Kingdom of God”. The broad smiles on the children’s faces, the freedom of their laughter and their wide-eyed amazement in seeing a solar powered lantern light up the darkness betrayed material poverty in favor of a deep-seated joy that money cannot buy. Watching the look on a young boy’s face as he sucked his lollipop – it was more like an experience for him really – made me realize how much I take for granted. The Sunday Mass we attended in Haiti was a spirit filled celebration that lasted for hours for which some of the local people walked over ten miles to come together in worship and receive Jesus in Holy Communion. Such was their hunger to be in the House of the Lord.

My experience of Haiti and its people made me realize that I am at once thankful and challenged to live in this country of plenty. Thankful for material blessings, more aware than ever of my need to share them, and challenged by its comforts that despite their allure, I would have the wisdom to seek peace and fulfillment.

By Deacon Craig Bickel