Saturday, July 14, 2007

Back in Baltimore

Came home on overnight flight Wednesday into Thursday afternoon. Trip was very long, but bearable. I got to see my doc yesterday, who put me on steroid regimen for six days. Really seems to be helping. I have an appointment with a neurosurgeon on Tuesday. We will see what the options are then.
In the meantime I am taking it easy.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

July 5 -- MRI

MRI is scheduled for this afternoon, so we will see what is going on. Painful morning today.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Something of a setback..

Seems that my problem with leg pain is not going away.  I am now in the Jesuit infirmary in Santiago, Chile.  I flew on Sunday from La Paz, Bolivia to Santiago, and went to the Juniorate, where young Jesuits are in the early stages of their studies for priesthood.  When I was packing for a flight to go to Osorno, in the far south of Chile, I twisted something again, and my leg was in worse pain than when I had the original problem in Sucre ten days previous.


Drugs, both injectable and ingestible, along with analgesic cream, heat and massage, are helping considerably.  An MRI is in the offing to see what is going on.    ARGH!



Sunday, July 1, 2007

From La Paz Airport

Am waiting for the plane to Santiago de Chile at the La Paz airport. All in all, even with some physical discomfort, this has been a very successful and interesting trip. Having the opportunity to visit so many Jesuit communities and projects in a short period, and to meet most of the members of the Province at one time at their annual Province Assembly in Cochabamba, has been invaluable for getting a sense of the province and the country.

The political/cultural/social economic situation of the country and the struggles entailed, mark virtually every project and plan the Society is involved in. For example, through their network of radio stations and projects in Spanish, Quechua, Aymara and Guaraní, about one half of the radio audience in the country listens to "Jesuit radio." These men have put a huge amount of effort into popular education, in all the national languages, and especially education on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. One of the indices of the success of their work is that many of their graduates of the Fe y Alegría (Faith and Joy) Schools are now ministers and functionaries in the new government. There are still huge challenges, largely around new distribution of political power among the Indigenous, Mestizo, and Blanco (White) groups.

They are struggling to write a new constitution which recognizes political, social and economic realities. What a task!

Another striking element of this visit is the youth of the Bolivian province Jesuits. There is a large demographic component of Spaniards who came to this country in the 1950's and later, who are now retiring and dying out. There is a large number of younger Bolivians, with a different perspective and views of the future. Even with the older Spaniards, the province median age is 51, a good ten years younger than the Maryland Province and others in the US.