Saturday, April 9, 2016



I have met the girls twice before at St. John Church in Mesopotamia - once last Easter and once before Christmas - when I presided and preached at Mass.

The girls greeted me and served me finger sandwiches and a chocolate cupcake and some diet Coke.
Several told me about their lives and what their dreams were. Several sang songs and the whole group sang the theme song of the Home. I let them ask me questions.
I gave them each a wooden cross with the words of Jesus, "I will be with you always!"
I gave them each enough money to take a group trip to Kentucky Fried Chicken. I told them they had to raise the glasses and toast me when they made the trip.
I was given a tour of the Home: kitchen, living room, dorm room (open room with many bunk beds), the downstairs recreation room and little chapel.
One was assigned to escort me to the car and open the door for me. We all said goodbye and I told them I would see them on the next trip.
This place is saving many lives, but there are so many obstacles to overcome. I left impressed by the what the staff was trying to do, but a little overwhelmed by the problems they are trying to overcome.

The home was started by a Sister of St. Joseph of Cluny who was tragically killed in a car wreck in Barbados at an organizational meeting.Sister Clare, a Sister of her community, drove me for the visit. She is on the committee that oversees this ministry. 

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