Prayer Request to Consuelo Zobel de Ayala y Montojo Terrentegui Zambrano Alger
Aloha dearest Consuelo,
You have been an inspiration to me during our family crisis. For over a year I’ve been unemployed. Pray to you frequently. Your compassion is limitless. In our dark, chaotic world, your light directs us all to a brighter path. You said graciously:
“My mission will begin after my death. I will spend my heaven doing good on earth…”
Thanks to you and God for COVID-19. Sincerely, yes! Certainly the virus increases suffering in a painful world. Billions of people now live as do the poor. This is the Third World War. We all imagined it would be nuclear. Our hubris prevented us from respecting that which is so small. You ended your July 1990 message with this phrase from St. Paul, “In all things be ever mindful of the poor.”
Yes, blessed are the poor, for we are ALL poor now.
Ironic, isn’t it? Our world was racing toward greater inequality. Homelessness has been exploding on our streets. The poor live each day insecurely. They know not if they will eat; unsure where they might sleep; can’t imagine having quality healthcare; and, as we witnessed in others more fortunate, are never certain if they will have basic amenities, such as common toilet paper. I ask you now to bless the poor, for we are ALL poor now.
“Well hello! It’s Dolly [Parton]. Climbing the stairway to heaven ’cause this virus has scared the H-E-L-L out of us,” Parton sang while wearing a denim shirt and her blonde locks pulled up into a ponytail.
“I’m not making light out of the situation,” she continued, “Well, maybe I am because it’s the light, I believe, that’s going to dissolve the situation. I think God is in this, I really do.”
As I mentioned to you, I’ve dedicated my life’s service to public health. For over ten years I’ve been a soldier in the War Against Opioid Epidemic. About 70,000 Americans died from opioid OD in the last reported year. We’ve now suffered a mere 1,000 deaths from COVID-19, yet we consider COVID-19 to be a national disaster — because COVID-19 is a disease of the rich and privileged.
Jet-setting the globe spread this disease. Fortunate and pampered people on cruise lines became sources of pandemic. The poor are not responsible this time. Now the richest nations of the world fall to their knees. Millions of dollars in wealth, billions of dollars even does not protect an individual from COVID-19. We all stand naked and vulnerable before God.
“I think he’s trying to hold us up to the light so we can see ourselves and see each other through the eyes of love, and I hope we learn that lesson. I think that when this passes we’re all gonna be better people.”
Maybe now Americans will be able to empathize with the pain families have suffered due to dangerous medications for a generation. COVID-19 appears to have originated in Wuhan, China. I’ve teamed with professionals to stop illegal shipments of Fentanyl coming from China to our nation for years!
We warned patients, who would not listen to us. We pleaded with business executives, who prioritized profits and false stereotypes rather than employee well-being. We cautioned medical providers, who too easily acquiesced to patient demands and accepted BigPhRMA promotions.
Over 500,000 Americans have died thus far in this war against opioids. The death toll now exceeds the number of U.S. troops who perished in WWII.
Hawaiian Electric, led by a woman I considered to be remarkable, CEO Connie Lau, chairs your foundation. She has an impressive resume. Company HR director, Shana Buco, fired me due to CEO Lau’s policies. She boasts ‘imi pono — to strive to be righteous. She claims a “tradition of excellence.” CEO Lau failed herself and corporate core values. She brings shame to the company’s reputation and your memory.
I ask you to pray with me for her redemption. Let’s open both her eyes and heart. She stands before the door. She simply needs to knock. I know you will welcome her with endless love and compassion.
Under CEO Lau’s direction, the company released me for avoiding and refusing a DEADLY and ADDICTIVE medication. Rather than appreciate and respect the medical training I received from world-renown University of New Mexico School of Medicine, CEO Lau apparently preferred me and over 30,000+ other suffering patients to lick toilet bowls potentially contaminated with COVID-19.
Corporate policy forces us to take dangerous risks. She would have allowed us to work for her companies had we used deadly and addictive opioids. Connie Lau has been a remarkable woman of great deeds. How did she lose her way?
You urged all of us to take a different path by believing in the principle:
“What matters in life are not great deeds but great love.”
Love! My manager and coworkers loved me. Didn’t matter to CEO Lau. I love my manager and colleagues. Love! Great love is all that matters, you said. Our IT team’s great love was directed toward Hawaiian residents. We wanted solely to serve and cherish our rate-paying customers.
Together we performed excellently. We loved our work. Pau! Burn it down! You did not equivocate regarding the mission for your foundation, “to renew hope for those who have lost it or give hope to those who have never had it.”
The world is currently on fire. Billions have lost or are losing hope. Our family has lived over a year without hope. Now so many millions of people and their families join us. Anger, frustration, despair, devastation … Hawaiian Electric is distinguished and powerful. They denied my return; refuse to speak with me; and ensure I again will not work, as none want an employee labeled “drug thug.” Yes, Consuelo, blessed are the poor, for we are ALL poor now.
As we walk deserted streets, feel fright observing so many wearing masks and PPE, and avoid close proximity, we experience life as it is to be poor or homeless. Friendless, isolated, socially-quarantined and at risk of illness or death, we are ALL poor now.
Will this be the person who infects me, we all wonder?
Similar as does the passerby who shuns a smelly guy living on a street corner, or avoids eye contact of the disheveled woman pushing her cart of belongings, we now fear every approaching stranger. Will this be the person who infects me, we all wonder?
There is no escape from the filth and evil we have unleashed in our world. COVID-19 is the disease of the rich and privileged.
We wash our hands compulsively, hoping to rid our bodies of possible infection. We now understand the poor, who learned long ago there is no escape from the uncleanliness of the streets. We spray and wipe and disinfect, yet realize the more we try, the more panicked we become. There is no escape from the filth and evil we have unleashed in our world. COVID-19 is the disease of the rich and privileged. We are ALL poor now.
Thank you God for COVID-19. You have forced us to look in the mirror and deeply into our soul; demanded we accept responsibility and face our mortal fragility; and now, you again command we love our brothers and sisters as we want to be loved ourselves. Love! Have we forgotten how to love one another?
Blessed are the poor, for we are ALL poor now.
You now punish us for our arrogance and selfishness. Thank you! We all need to be reminded at times. I believe now you have the world’s attention. Thank you, Consuelo, for letting fall from Heaven a Shower of Roses. COVID-19 is a blessing. Will we learn the greatest lesson of all — to love and sacrifice for others?
I ask all to join Consuelo and me in prayer. Blessed are the poor, for we are ALL poor now.
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