From an email I sent to Xavier in NYC, my wonderful, wonderful, parish there.
Know of my profound gratitude for all of the prayers and love sent from those at Xavier. As to how I am doing… I have only reasons to praise God while my heart is breaking to see the devastation and hear the stories and feel the “impotencia” of not being able to do much that can help. Right now, word from our community in Concepción and the news is that it is too dangerous to go to the region, though there are those here in this area who are organizing a caravan that will leave tomorrow. People suffered multiple times with nature. Now, the fear is the people themselves. The looting, the violence, the raids of houses, the fires, the complete, complete, chaos.
Just being here in Reñaca Alto, where damage was so minimal, the memory of that early morning still lives in my body. I know now that a 7 on the Richter Scale is worthy of a quick review of all that is most precious as one is made to dance along the shores of the Jordan… I can not imagine an 8.8….where the river, the land, the ocean herself, came to take away so much and so many. Fatalities up to 711 at last reporting.
No, safe to say, I was not expecting all this.