Haiti: The God of Tough Places, the Lord of Burnt Men
Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, NJ 2010 $29.95
Fr. Richard Frechette, CP, Passionist priest and medical doctor, has served the poor in the tough, burnt land of Haiti through floods, revolutions and the recent catastrophic earthquake of January 12, 2010 which left 200,000 dead.
There’s not much he hasn’t seen. But here’s a book of stories that reveal what all of us find hard to see: there’s a mighty, joyful goodness in that tough, burnt land. Frechette uncovers the graces of God in the chaos, violence and poverty of “Calvary hill,” Haiti today.
He has eyes that see in the dark, beyond the defeat most see. His stories of Haiti’s poor, especially its children in the pediatric hospital and slum schools he directs, reveal goodness, spiritual strength and wisdom. Here the poor speak, whom Jesus called blessed.
The book’s twenty or so stories introduce us to a land that few of us have a heart to visit, but all of us should learn from. Most are set in the context of the feasts of the Christian liturgical year, which Fr. Rick says, “empowers us to make grace present, concretely in our world.”
With poetic insight and faith he tells us about grace present.
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