I came back to Catholicism through liberation theology because it’s such a powerful rebuke to the hiding away of poverty, but that was after I was already involved in Haiti. I would read stuff from scholarly texts and know they were wrong. Living in Haiti, I realized that even a minor error in one setting of power and privilege could have an enormous impact on the poor in another. For me, it was a process, not an event. A slow awakening, as opposed to an epiphany.
(Paul Farmer, quoted in Tracy Kidder,
“The Good Doctor,” The New Yorker,
July 10, 2000, p. 56)