Haiti - Social : Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, message from Lesly Condé
"Dear compatriots and friends everywhere,
As every year, our whole Nation bows before Our Lady of Perpetual Help to ask her to protect us and guide us in this world where individualism tends to become a norm which threatens the existence of the less powerful. This year, I especially invite you to thank the Patron Saint of Haiti for the many graces she has granted us despite our setbacks and especially despite our iniquities.
We live, in fact, in a world where cooperation between humans exists only in the greatest distrust because the interests of some do not always necessarily coincide with those of others. The protection of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is essential to us in this pseudo-civilized world where man is a wolf for man. Our frail Nation has always needed a lot of self-sacrifice, temperance, and above all an extraordinary resilience to cling to its existence in this ocean infested with malicious sharks. Isolated as it is, if Haiti has learned to subsist on the edge of the abyss, we must believe that Our Lady of Perpetual Help has never abandoned us. So let's be grateful, and keep our fervor as well as our faith. We are not alone in this fight.
Our country has overcome several trials thanks to the protection of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Despite our many misfortunes, we have reason to be thankful and to be hopeful. Today more than ever, as our Nation faces the challenges of the 21st century, we must redouble our fervor in our prayers to Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours to ask her to protect Haiti from this pandemic which leaves its mark everywhere in the world. Faced with the deadly challenge that is rising up before our country in the form of this tenacious virus, knowing that all our infrastructures are reduced to their simplest expression, a population left to itself at such a crucial moment in its existence, needs of a sublime inspiration. You have to cross this merciless desert. In addition to the invariable protection of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, we must also count on an aggressive prevention campaign. The patron saint of Haiti has always inspired us in this direction. Even if it is incredibly destitute and too often badly served by its own sons, Haiti will survive thanks to the protection of our Patron Saint.
We always turn to Our Lady of Perpetual Help with confidence because she is the Patron Saint of our country, and she has never abandoned us.
Thank you for your attention"
Former Consul General of Haiti in Chicago
(August 26, 2004 - May 25, 2018)
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