By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9705-3/2/17

Many Christians find themselves angry a good portion of the time lately. Angry because hate crimes have escalated. Minorities have been scapegoated. Vulnerable communities are frightened. Sick people are concerned about losing their health care. Our country appears to be choosing “law and order” over human dignity and civil rights. 


Our anger must be directed appropriately. We can’t direct it at people; it must be directed at policies, positions, executive orders. We need to be angry at actions and inactions that risk harming and oppressing our brothers and sisters.

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : Issue 9704, Feb. 16, 2017 on p. 15

We have the good fortune this year to have sufficient time before Lent begins to hear from the first two chapters (out of three) of the Sermon on the Mount as recounted in the Gospel according to Saint Matthew at Mass on Sundays.

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : Issue 9704, Feb. 16, 2017 on p. 14

Even the name itself, “Children’s Hospital,” seems strange. To visit my infant grandson, suffering from respiratory distress, I was required to stop at the desk in the lobby.

By: Father Douglas K. Clark

On January 31 in Augusta, Georgia, Bishop Felipe Estévez of Saint Augustine plans to hold a news conference at the Richmond County Courthouse, to let the court and public know that Father Rene Robert, a priest of the Diocese of Saint Augustine who was kidnapped in Florida but whose body was dumped in Burke County, in the Diocese of Savannah, had previously signed a Declaration of Life, stating, “Should I die as a result of a violent crime, I request that the person or persons found guilty of homicide for my killing not be subject to or put in jeopardy of the death penalty under any circumst


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