The face of Desperation knows no nationality

The news is too much to bear.  A frustrated mom enters a governmental agency in Texas to follow up on her application for food stamps.  She had applied for food stamps in several states.  She was unsuccessful each time.  In this instance Texas welfare officials say her application was rejected simply because the application was not filled out correctly.  She took her two pre-teen children a beautiful girl 12 and a son 10 to the welfare office.  She had a gun.  After hearing again that her case was “closed” the mom snapped.  A 7 hour ordeal ensued; and it ended in unspeakable tragedy.  She shot her daughter and son in the head, and then shot herself.  The two children are in critical condition from their wounds.  The desperate mom is dead.   A family is gone.

Quietly, people all over the world live imprisoned by their desperation.  When they finally cannot see any light at the end of the tunnel something snaps inside and they take out all that frustration on others, even the children they love.

As a father of three beautiful kids, this one really hit home for me.  This is the USA, the very symbol of affluence and wealth.  In Haiti a similar desperation plays itself out in a different way.  The parents facing such desperation do the unthinkable, they sell their children into slavery.  The children are known as Restaveks, and the only explanation is that weary Haitian moms feel their children will at least have food living in another’s home.   A few days ago I wrote a blog on families being reduced to eating mud cookies in Haiti.  Today it is a tragic story about a young mom and her children who lived like gypsies, only recently landing in Texas.  Desperation knows no boundaries.  The nationalities change, but the story is the same.  People are facing desperation and it proves costly beyond measure; the loss of a mom, a 12 year old girl and her 10 year old brother.  During the 7 hour ordeal the 12 year old girl posted on her facebook page “may die 2day”.  

During this holiday time of caring about others, I can only hope that all of us who claim to be brothers and sisters as a part of humanity will seek out and look to find desperation in the eyes of others and befriend them.  Overstep your comfort zone, you just might save a mom, a 12 year old and a 10 year old.  I hope we will all share what we can, give guidance to people for something as simple as filling out an application correctly so that the authorized help can be obtained.  Most of all I pray that we who are blessed to have so much, might find worthy people and organizations to share our wealth with.  A tragic end for a mom and two children just might lie in the balance.

Thanks for caring.

Father B

5 Responses to “The face of Desperation knows no nationality”

  1. Georgette Schmidt December 8, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

    Yes, this is the season when hearts are often broken and people live on the edge of dispair. Thanks, Father Jim for reminding us to slow down and do what’s important ….to reach out to those in need of guidance, love, patience, understanding.

    • Johnny March 21, 2012 at 1:02 am #

      Thank you, Judy. It is wonderful to hear from you about the znaaimg things that you are doing with the youth of Haiti, and reaffirming to hear that our efforts really are making a difference. I look forward to working with you and the ACFFC children in Haiti in February!Much love,Christy

  2. Cindy Gamso December 18, 2011 at 10:01 am #

    Father this is a very touching blog. I thank God for people in this world that have a true heart for helping the poor as God has directed us to do in His Word. If all people had the compassion and love for others as you do, the world would be a much better place. Thank you for all you do to help others.
    God Bless,
    Cindy

    • fatherB December 21, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

      Cindy, yes and you would be one of them! Thanks for caring about so many who are lifted up because of you Cindy!

      Fr. B

    • Deniz March 21, 2012 at 7:15 am #

      You certainly have rieveecd a new vigor for Haiti. Wonder what God will do next?Really becoming quite exciting to see what God will do in this country of Haiti.Indeed what He will do within each one of us when we listen to His leading.

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