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Maya Monthly May 2015

May 17, 2015

“I Can See Clearly Now”


Dear Friends of the Maya,


At the end of April, I returned to Michigan for two cataract surgeries. They went very well. I can see distances better than I have for 60 years! I have one more week of taking drops and then will get new glasses so I can see things up close.


2015-May-aI look forward to being back in Mexico on June 3rd.


I don’t know if you recognize this song. It is the one I have been singing:

“I can see clearly now, the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright bright, bright bright
Sun-Shiny day.”


What I like about this song…and my “new eyes” has more to do with life ..than just sight.


Maybe we all need cataract surgery!


I have tended to get a very cloudy vision of life and this world. More than once I have wondered if it is all worth it, if we are really accomplishing something in Mexico.


One night in Merida, I got so confused by the bright lights and the heavy traffic, I couldn’t find my way. I panicked. I had to get home quick.


I was afraid to risk trying a new route, I was much more comfortable with the past, safe route. I didn’t want to see or meet anyone new. I just wanted to get back home.


That is not the way to live or to love.

“I think I can make it now, the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is the rainbow I’ve been prayin’ for
It’s gonna be a bright, bright, bright
Sun-Shiny day.”


I just returned from celebrating Sr. Terry Maksym’s funeral in Maryknoll, New York


I will miss her forever, but her pain is gone.


I need to be where she is – where bad feelings have disappeared, where we realize God loves us all, and we love everybody too – just like God does. That includes the Muslims and the Jews, the rich and the poor, the gays and the straights, the healthy and the sick and everyone else I have forgotten to mention.


Lord help us bring your light to our darkness, your love to our hate, your hope and life to our world.




Thanks to all of you for being that light to me and the people of the Yucatan.


“Look all around, there’s nothin’ but blue skies
Look straight ahead, nothin’ but blue skies


I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind

It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.”


Paz y amor,



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