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A Drink of Water: Flint, Michigan, 2014–2018

I assure you that anyone who gives you a drink of water because you belong to me will certainly receive a reward.Mark 9:41 The facts of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, are well known. Most important, it was caused entirely by human error and prolonged by a subsequent refusal…
April 22, 2019
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Are We Even Paying Attention?

In late October, a gunman opened fire on a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 11 people in the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in United States history. Earlier the same week, a white supremacist killed two black customers at a grocery store in Louisville. All of this came on the heels of…
April 15, 2019
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Saints and Sinners – Can You Tell Them Apart?

Benedict Joseph Labre was an unemployed transient who begged around Europe for 13 years, eating refuse that other people didn’t want and clothing himself in rags. He was infested with vermin; he smelled bad. Yet fewer than a hundred years after his death in 1783, the Roman Catholic Church canonized…
April 8, 2019