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Me and Stephanie Garcia. She’s making straight As and Bs in her 3rd year of schooling at St. Ignatius High School here in San Ignacio/Santa Elena, BZ. However, because I also support her brother Felix’s high school education, and support their little sister Paulita McKay (AKA Miss Belize, my daughter) I need financial help to meet all their needs.

OCTOBER 12, 2019 UPDATE
Greetings from San Ignacio, Belize from me and Stephanie, who I am happy to report is making all As and Bs in her 3rd year at St. Ignatius High School.

When the school year started in early September, I asked for $1,200 to help me finance Stephanie’s education, with the caveat that I might need more early next year.

However, at this point only two months into school, I’ve raised only $575, well short of the $1,200 target.

Any donations that contributors can give at this point would be much appreciated.

And for those newcomers who may be unfamiliar with Stephanie’s story and her needs for school: her story is detailed at our GoFundMe account, in the Education category, at Stephanie’s Education Fund 2019-20, where donations can be made.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/steph039s-education-fund-2019-20?viewupdates=1&rcid=r01-157098462156-ad64da66061249dd&utm_medium=email&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_email%2B1137-update-supporters-v5b

Email me for more information at revpaulmckay@gmail.com, or contact me on Facebook.

(Also, anyone wanting to see receipts for tuition, books and all the other needs paid for with donations, feel free to make that request via my email.)

Donations can be made through:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/steph039s-education-fund-2019-20?viewupdates=1&rcid=r01-157098462156-ad64da66061249dd&utm_medium=email&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_email%2B1137-update-supporters-v5b

1. GoFundMe, where donors can search and find our account in the Education category under Stephanie’s Education Fund 2019-20.

2. Directly to my Bank of America checking account via my PayPaul account at revpaulmckay@gmail.com.

Many thanks for your consideration and continued support for Steph.

Paul & Stephanie.

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And now for some Friday Music Therapy with The Brotherhood of Dobbie, doing one of those songs that spoke deeply to me the first time I ever heard it and speaks to me so deeply still that I will never get tired of hearing it and dancing to it when nobody’s watching or when they are.

“The Captain And Me”

Deep as a river, wide as the sea
Changin’ the ways of a captain and me
I could be happy, Lord, so then should he
If all of the universe unveiled itself to me
So then a day flows into night
Down the street the beggar man who finds himself in wine
If I am a good man and sure in all my ways
The captain of a starship that’s homeward bound today
Growin’, growin’, changin’ ev’ry day
Knowin’, showin’ all my worldly ways
Hear the chimes, hear how they ring
Marking time all through the day

A whisper, an answer, a cry in the night
Break down, turn around, a feeling of fright
The Indian, the Black Man, the Asian who see
A door that is opening, and they’re goin’ to be free

Growin’, growin’, changin’ ev’ry day
Knowin’, showin’ all my worldly ways
Hear the chimes, hear how they ring
Marking time all through the day

We are all acceptable, we are all a place in time
Moving through a passageway, bringing forth the end of time
Growin’, growin’, changin’ ev’ry day
Knowin’, showin’ all my worldly ways
Hear the chimes, hear how they ring
Marking time all through the day
Light the fire, start the day, mark the light that shows the way
Changing times of fortunes past, we will all be free at last

We are the people of the round about
We are the sails upon the sea
We’re gonna be there when ev’ry body laughs about
The way that we are changin’, you and me, yeah
We are the people of the round about
We are the sails upon the sea
We’re gonna be there when ev’ry body laughs about
The way that we are changin’, you and me, yeah
We are the people of the round about
We are the sails upon the sea
*Lyrics by Tom Johnston

And oh wait … here’s bonus therapy!

When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest.

You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the Lord your God.

~ Leviticus 19: 9-10

The poor are not the problem: they are the result of all the problems the rich and super rich create.

I get so weary of the poor and powerless people being scapegoated and blamed for all the economic and social ills in America.

Almost every page of the Bible speaks to treating the poor and marginalized (including the aliens) with love and compassion.

If you want to know God — if you want to be transformed into the full image of God through the saving power of Jesus Christ — take time to know the poor and powerless.

Let go of your fear of the poor — they aren’t the people who wreck economies and markets around the world with the reckless manipulation of money in order to make (or try to make) big money.

Let your guard down.

Hear their stories.

Allow yourself to feel as vulnerable as that man, woman and child who struggles mightily every day just to survive.

Empty yourself of all your preconceived notions about the poor and vulnerable.

I noted in my book, The View From Down in Poordom: Reflections on Scriptures Addressing Poverty, that God himself/herself said that in order know God, we must know the poor.

God says it right here.

God said it.

I believe it.

That settles it.


Some things we can all agree on about God.

For example, we all know that He/She loves the rich and privileged people of the world.

We all know that God despises the poor and powerless. This is because they are a drag on society. They don’t have the initiative that God gives all human beings to pull themselves up by the bootstraps and make something of themselves by making all the money they can and piling up all the consumer goods they can possibly accumulate.

God’s will is for human beings to be nothing less than well-to-do, to have spacious houses with two- or three-car garages, nice cars, lots of car-wash coupons, swimming pools, ridiculously green, shady, bug-free, manicured lawns, and lavish birthday parties for the children and grandchildren.

Once a person has succeeded in making good money and having lots of great stuff, that person is expected by God to go for more, to attain all the wealth possible.

God wants us to aim high, to seek to be Uber-rich! To be so tax-relieved by our wealth as to not pay any taxes whatsoever!

God knows that paying taxes is for suckers! It’s for losers.

And if there is anything God hates, it’s losers.

And we all know that the poor are losers, by-God — lazy and shiftless and living like rats in rat nests.

We know these things about God because, as the Bible says, “God helps those who help themselves!”***

And so, ask yourself today this question:

Is there something I’m not doing that I could do starting today, starting right now, to make more money to buy more cool stuff?

Remember, God loves the rich. And the richer you get, the more God will love you.

TRUTH ALERT!

***TRUTH ALERT HERE: Contrary to the popular belief of so many Christians who talk about the Bible and read only the parts they like, nowhere in the Holy Book is it writ that God helps those who help themselves. It is good for people to take responsibility for themselves to the extent that they can, of course; but the truth is that God expects the haves to help the have-nots, not only with material help but by treating them with the common dignity that all human beings deserve. As Dr. King said, “It’s a cruel thing to tell a man to lift himself up by the bootstraps when he has no boots.”


Art by Angel Valdez for The Houston Catholic Worker at http://www.cjd.org


Back when Jesus walked, children were definitely kept in their place, seen and not heard.

They did not get sweets and presents for their birthdays. (In the big scheme of things historical, birthday celebrations are relatively new.)

People in New Testament times were eager to welcome and rub elbows with people of high social status in order to raise their own status. Even the disciples were prone to this. (See here.)

So when Jesus embraced children against the protests of his disciples — when he said that one had to be like a powerless little child to enter the kingdom of God — he shocked people out of their socks.

He was always good at going for the shock effect.

This Guatemalan girl, who became congested and very ill with a 104-degree fever, was never properly treated before her release from custody in the ICE detention center in Dilly, TX. She died shortly after her release. This was before the current flu outbreak that has caused three deaths of children.

“The Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus’ message.”

So wrote Pope John Paul II in a document in which he contrasted the Gospel of life with the world’s culture of death and destruction.

“And how can we fail to consider the violence against life done to millions of human beings, especially children [my italics for emphasis], who are forced into poverty, malnutrition and hunger because of an unjust distribution of resources between peoples and between social classes?

We are living in shocking times in America, a time when the leader of the free world (and “King of Israel”) seems to go out of his way every hour to spin our heads around with his shocking words and actions. Me, I’m still trying to get over the shock of something that happened in Donald J. Trump’s America a couple of weeks ago.

In these United States, where we supposedly cherish liberty and justice for all, it took a federal appeals court ruling to ensure that powerless children with brown skin have enough edible food, clean drinking water, sanitary bathrooms and sleeping conditions.

Not to mention soap and toothpaste.

Think about that, people (and especially you who are fine with Donald J. Trump and his treatment of powerless children and their families). It took a federal court order for vulnerable children — who now are being denied flu shots in the wake of three child deaths from the flu — to be treated as Jesus would have them treated.

Jesus was always on the side of life and that which gives life. He was a life giver, a carpenter-turned-construction worker for life.

Denying children soap and toothpaste and reasonably healthy food and clean water runs counter to what Pope John Paul II said was at the heart of Jesus’ message.

And meanwhile, oh by the way, millions of impressionable American children are being brainwashed into believing that owning weapons made for war, and not for sport or even for protection, is a God-given right.

Whatever heart that America once had — an American nation that we’re constantly told was founded on Judeo-Christian values — is suffering from a near-fatal coronary attack.

I am praying every day that the nation I love will be able to repair her damaged heart back to good, holistic health.

Pray, and then put prayer into action in order to advance the kingdom on earth.


A sick leader who has posted violent fantasy videos of him knocking down Hillary Clinton and pummeling a CNN reporter may not be the best to decry violence in America.


Click here to see Donald Trump beating a CNN reporter in a fantasy video: https://www.dailydot.com/layer8/donald-trump-cnn-wwe-gif/

Back in September 2017, President Donald J. Trump retweeted a doctored GIF of him knocking down Hillary Clinton — long after he defeated her — with a golf ball.

The sickening and violent GIF (which is a sort of video) created so much outrage he deleted it. (See documentation here.)

This is the same President Trump who believes violent games and movies are one of the main causes of mass murders by American nationalists.

But that’s not all.

There was that violent, fantasy tweet I linked above that he posted of his pummeling a CNN reporter.

This might be the wrong leader to be decrying all the violence in games and creative arts these days.

A man as sick as he is has no moral authority to speak out against any violence or hatred.

That I can tell you.


A picture taken way and very faraway, outside of the beautiful, peaceful and hospitable city of El Paso in the County of El Paso.

So happens I spent a night at this church in a far-flung part of the county, with mostly Spanish-speaking, charismatic Christian believers, in 2004.

My thoughts and prayers have truly been with those wonderful people way out in the most underrated and peaceful city in Texas, El Paso — as well as those in Dayton, Ohio.

I can’t imagine the contagion of pain and suffering the victims of gun-idolatry are struggling to cope with in El Paso, Dayton and a long, long list of cities.

El Paso County, TX, c. 2004