Exclusive to OpEdNews:
General News

Commuting for American priests & Ethiopian Security

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 3 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) , Add Tags  (less...) Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It


Become a Fan
  (13 fans)
- Advertisement -


My good buddy from those wondrous, treasured days of chasing oblong and round balls together sends me this book, "Be a Man," by Fr. Larry Richard. My buddy and I both were blessed with 4 years of Jesuit study and thinking habits. Their teaching tried to prepare us for the future -- maybe implant a vision thing. My buddy's eternal vision includes prepping me for Judgment Day, and he thinks reading this book will help prep me for victory when J Day kicks off the final Big Game.


Around page 133, I read the following from Fr. Larry:

Years ago, when that I was an assistant at Saint Luke's Church, I woke up one morning and prayed my morning hour and then had mass. Throughout the entire mass I couldn't stop thinking about how I needed to go to Saint Joseph's Oratory in Canada. God was telling me, "I want you to leave here today. I want you to go to Canada." I wasn't exactly open to the idea because it was January and it was snowing and I have a lot of other things to do. I'd told God, "No, it is snowing. I am not going up to Canada. That's a 7 hour drive. Are you out of your mind? No way!" Finally, after mass I could not fight it anymore, so I went to talk to the monsignor.

"Ah, Monsignor?"

"Yes, Larry," he said.

I have to cancel all my appointments because I have to leave today."

"Where are you going?" He asked.

"Canada," I said.

- Advertisement -

"It's snowing!"

"I know," I said. "I already told God it is snowing. But he said, "I want you to go to Canada.'"

Fr. Larry uses this, similar trying examples, and other conversations with God to lay out how we can be manly and, consequently, more Christ like. I read the book, unimpressed. (Unless, of course, he has video tape of all these quoted conversations with God.)  

Then I went to Ethiopia to work on a Habitat Latrine Building Project, digging and lining 10' deep holes, concrete blocking, and tin sheathing them in the slums of Addis Ababa; where people are lacking latrines and instead using scattered two foot deep holes, dug around their minimal compounds, covered by pieces of wood with cut-out holes for squatting over, under which they drop the world's ubiquitous plastic bags into which they pass their latrine business.

After doing a couple Habitat latrines, I went to Nairobi, Kenya for further research on how so many of God's better tanned human creatures and majestic animals run.

- Advertisement -

There I met another manly traveler who, like Fr. Larry -- I guess, traveled the highways of life in a warmer clime and different way.   He was the friendly, always smiling, and helpful uniformed security guard at Nairobi's budget-bearable Paris Hotel.

On the day I hit the road, we had this departing conversation, which made me think of Fr. Larry manning-up after talking with God:

"Do you work five or six days a week?"

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3


Take action -- click here to contact your local newspaper or congress people:
Introduce People's Lobby's American World Service Corps Congressional Proposal

Click here to see the most recent messages sent to congressional reps and local newspapers


Dwayne served in the Peace Corps in the slums of Mumbai, India, worked several Habitat Projects, and was on the start-up team of the California Conservation Corps. He has a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University, has been a builder, teacher, (more...)

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Go To Commenting

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Follow Me on Twitter

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -
Google Content Matches:

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Carrots, Foreign Aid, Brown v. Board of Education and Israel /Palestine.

Golden Moms, Sisters of Fallen Heroes

World Service Corps Can Save Our Vets

Obama and Putin Play Newman and Redford's "Sting" and Bite the Warrior Class Too?

American Sniper -- Creating More Sheep, Wolves, or Sheepdogs Worldwide?

Need revenues? Add a few flush tax brackets


The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
1 people are discussing this page, with 2 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

Which counts more foryour God and takes more of yo... by Dwayne Hunn on Sunday, Apr 29, 2012 at 1:06:14 PM
Kenyans run fast.  Ethiopians need water and ... by Dwayne Hunn on Sunday, Apr 29, 2012 at 11:41:10 PM