Commentary

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9721-10/12/17

Imagine this: Children are dying from Ebola. The disease strikes randomly and death follows. Medical personnel can’t respond quickly enough to save the children’s lives. Whenever the disease strikes, hospitals are overwhelmed. Families are devastated. The public is heartbroken. People line up to give blood. Elected officials and religious leaders offer thoughts and prayers for the victims and their families.

By: Father Douglas Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9721-10/12/17

I have been asked to reflect on the latest mass shooting in this country: last Sunday’s massacre in Las Vegas that left 58 innocent concert-goers dead and over 500 wounded after Stephen Paddock opened fire on them with an arsenal of semi-automatic weapons, fitted with bump stocks that enabled them to be used as if they were automatic weapons (which are banned from civilian use).

By: Father Douglas Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9720-9/28/17

On Saturday, Sept. 30, I will be privileged to bless “something beautiful for God in Statesboro”: a brand-new ultrasound machine at Choices of the Heart, the pro-life Crisis Pregnancy Counseling Center. 

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9720-9/28/17

I was walking into church the Sunday that Hurricane Irma was predicted to hit Florida. My path to the door happened to coincide with another parishioner's, and we made small talk as we walked toward the entrance. 

 

 "It's a shame about the hurricane," I said. "I feel for those poor people in Florida. I hope it's not as bad as they predict."

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9719-9/14/17

Scenes of the devastation in Houston and its surrounding area have served as an opportunity for Americans, regardless of their political affiliations, to unite. We are always at our best as a country when responding to a crisis. Victims of Hurricane Harvey include members of every social class, race, ethnicity, and gender. At least for now we are united in our attempts to help them in their long, grueling, and expensive recovery.  

 

By: Father Douglas Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9718-8/31/17

James Henry Shank was born on April 24, 1830 in Rectortown, Fauquier County, Virginia, the son of John Henry Shank and Mary (“Polly”) Mann. His family was of German extraction on both sides. Both families were Quaker in religion and therefore anti-slavery, although his parents had obtained a household slave, Nathaniel.

 

By: Mary Hood Hart

“The heart of a Christian, who believes and feels, cannot pass by the hardships and deprivations of the poor without helping them.” Saint Luigi Guanella 

 

By: Father Douglas Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9717-8/17/17

On January 26, 1900, Theodore Roosevelt wrote a letter to Henry L. Sprague, which included this famous sentence: “I have always been fond of the west African proverb, ‘Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.'” Although scholars have tried in vain to trace this proverb back to its source in west Africa, it expresses T.R.’s unique essence. By 1900, the future U.S.

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9717-8/17/17

I’ve been buying a lot of produce lately, particularly greens. We all know how expensive produce can be, so to save some money, I recently visited a large Asian market. The prices on produce are the best around. I’ve shopped at this market in the past, and I’ve felt a bit overwhelmed. There are so many products with which I’m unfamiliar. Yet each time I visit, I feel more acclimated. 

 

By: Father Douglas Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9716-8/3/17

The Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for Children in London was the beneficiary of a generous gift from Sir J. M. Barrie in 1929: the rights to his masterpiece, Peter Pan. The adventures of the “boy who never grew up” have bankrolled GOSH’s rise to the status of one of the world’s most renowned children’s hospitals. Ironically, GOSH played a key role in blocking the parents of Charlie Gard from seeking treatment elsewhere so that their little boy might have one last chance to grow up.

 

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