Posted at 2:52 PM on March 5, 2010
by Sanden Totten
When the earthquake struck last week, it shocked the people of Chile. The looting that followed was also terribly shocking according to Pastor Maurice Alvarado. He described it as a "moral quake."
Father Alvarado is a Catholic priest in Valparaiso, a city north of the earthquake's epicenter. He told In The Loop that while some of the behavior seen after the catastrophe disturbed him, all in all Chileans are acting fast to heal from the devastation.
I am personally a good friend of Padre Maurice. I am glad that he was able to talk to the American public about the crisis in Chile. He has always had very good insights on the Chilean culture and taught me much about the country and people when I was there for a 15 month volunteer program last year. He is a good example of the true Chilean spirit of hospitality, caring and solidarity. I hope that many others can practice these qualities to help their country out during this time of crisis and hardship. They definitely have it in them. Wish I could be there myself. it is a beautiful place...