Many of you know that I was scheduled for a meeting in New York City on September 10-11. I was so moved by what I saw that I wanted to report to you not only on my well-being, but to attempt to paint the images that are now imprinted forever on my memory.
How do you pray in the midst of crisis? More than any other portion of Scripture, Psalms shows us how. Beginning with Psalm 3, and over and over again until Psalm 149, we find the psalmist crying out to the Lord in various dire circumstances.
This is the most difficult day of my life. That apparent terrorist attacks could bring such death and destruction to unsuspecting people is absolutely unthinkable. Yet the numbers of the dead and wounded from these attacks will be extraordinary.
Inconsolable pain, the kind that drives away every vestige of happiness and renders us incapable of fully enjoying any pleasure, can be handled only be discovering a capacity for a different kind of joy.
Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute
| August 24, 2001
The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) representative in China, Sven Burmester, recently told British reporters that, “For all the bad press, China has achieved the impossible. The country has solved its population problem.”
The moral perfection of Christ impresses itself on the serious reader of the Gospels.
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