Father’s Day

As the Father loved me, so I have loved you. John 15:9 What love may look like is different to different people, in different ages, and places. The love a father has for his child can be challenging, complicated, self-giving, enduring. The love that Jesus spoke of, the love of the Father that he shares … Continue reading “Father’s Day”

Feast of Corpus Cristi

“We are one body, one body in Christ, and he came that we may have life”   As this Feast of Corpus Cristi, the feast of the Body of Christ, is celebrated, our shared Eucharist (our thanksgiving) calls us to go beyond ourselves. Our belief that Christ is truly present in the bread and wine … Continue reading “Feast of Corpus Cristi”

Things to Celebrate

Today is the day we take time to reflect and celebrate on the Christian understanding of God, three persons and one nature. Christianity is monotheistic but radically different from the other two major monotheistic religions, Judaism and Islam. The Trinity is a mystery- possibly your priest at Mass will leave consideration of the Trinity at … Continue reading “Things to Celebrate”


Pentecost Sunday has arrived and with it the end of the Easter season. This is normally when we hear a homily at Mass about today being the ‘birthday of the Church’. Birthday of the Church? While this is true it tells us little of value for Christian living in 2017. However, if we review how … Continue reading “Pentecost”


Aria arrived home from a long day of working in the fields to find her 12-year-oldson, Abdou, unresponsive with a high fever. She spent the next 3 hours transporting Abdou to St Martin de Porres Hospital in Cameroon. Cerebral malaria was quickly diagnosed and IV medications begun. Aria remained at Abdou’s bedside as he remained in a coma the next 48 … Continue reading “Aria”


When I was growing up, The Solemnity of the Ascension was celebrated on, the Thursday that was 40 days after Easter. Today in my Archdiocese and in many places, it is now celebrated on the following Sunday. When the number 40 is used in the Bible is reflects a time of preparation. During the 40 … Continue reading “Ascension”

International Day of Families

The International Day of Families is observed on the 15th of May every year. This year’s theme is “Families, education and well-being” In a hospital in the United States the meals are provided for patients, (no matter what the reputation of hospital food may be) and the hospital provides the ever fashionable but always clean … Continue reading “International Day of Families”

Reputation Remembered

“We are happy with this doctor because he takes good care of our father” Once again, Obdu wasn’t feeling well, and he and his sons intentionally made the trip to see Mission Doctor Jim Hake, because he had taken such good care of Obdu before. Even though so many years had passed, the quality of … Continue reading “Reputation Remembered”

Love of a Mother

People who have never traveled to locations where our doctors serve may believe that there are few things that we have in common with people half a world away.  Others who have some experience traveling may note that in some ways we are different and in others the same. One universal reality is the love … Continue reading “Love of a Mother”

3 Sugar Cubes

There are three sugar cubes I specifically remember eating as a child. On each occasion, our entire family would get into the car in the evening and travel 14 miles to the school gymnasium in a nearby town where we waited in line for well over an hour. Any complaints about the length of the … Continue reading “3 Sugar Cubes”