A man carries a St. Jude statue from the Inmaculada Concepcion Church that was built in 1841 and collapsed after an earthquake struck Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, on Jan. 7.

I admit my selfish mind hasn’t been paying much attention to Puerto Rico.

Perhaps it’s because hearing of their series of devastating earthquakes sealed off my thoughts of natural disasters. Aside from thinking, “Those poor people, haven’t they’ve been through enough?” I blocked out thoughts of earthquakes. Maybe it’s a defense mechanism for all of us who have lived through enough trauma to last a lifetime.