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"There is, still to come, a resurrection."

Deacon Greg offers hope to Haiti and reminds us of our Christian obligation:

This Sunday, in churches across the country, there will be special collections for Haiti. You have seen the pictures. You've read the stories. I don't need to tell you how desperate the situation is. This is a moment when all of us are called upon to go beyond ourselves: to love the neighbor we do not know....to bind his wounds...to dry her tears.

We can do that with donations, of course. Millions have already given by text messages and credit cards. But we can also do it with something people often forget in this secular age.

We can do it with prayer.

If we do nothing else, we need to pray for the people of Haiti. Pray for the lost, the orphaned, the widowed, the helpless. Pray for the mother who was on CNN the other night. She lost all five of her children, and her family could only hold her while she screamed. Pray for the students who were killed at the seminary. Pray for the rescue workers who are facing a new nightmare every day - without power, without water, surrounded every hour of every day by the sounds and smells of death.

But pray as well that -- through our sacrifice, and our prayer, and the good works of so many people around the world -- Haiti may be transformed once more. The glorious words from Isaiah in today's readings offer this consolation for a suffering world:

"No more shall people call you "Forsaken, "
or your land "Desolate, "
but you shall be called "My Delight, "
and your land "Espoused."

What was water...will become wine.

My mind goes back to the image Archbishop Dolan mentioned -- the Pieta, a grieving mother holding in her arms her dead child. And I think of all the parents in Haiti who are doing that this week, and all who will do it in the days to come.

Yet: even in that most intense sorrow, the grief of Our Lady of Sorrows, cradling her child in her arms, we find hope. And we hold on to that hope for the people of Haiti.

Because despite everything, our faith assures us of this:

That the agony at the foot of the cross was not the end of the story.

There is, still to come, a resurrection.



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Comments (3)

Look conservatives, your im... (Below threshold)

Look conservatives, your imaginary Sky Chief has to blamed by you for all the tremendous pain and suffering he/she/it has caused. So now is not the time to waste foolishly beseeching your primitive god, as it won't get you or anyone else anywhere, and the focus needs to be on humans striving to rescue humans, and working together to create a better world.

re:11) Poor Gramma... (Below threshold)


1) Poor Grammar
2) Paleo-liberal bleating (I am sure you still have "We Are The World" in your music collection and can't help yourself from swaying your head from side to side every time you play it, and still get tears to John Lennon's "Imagine")
3) Poor taste
4) All conservatives are not particularly religious nor Christian (you make an error similar to the post you are trying to ridicule)

Perhaps you should be renamed Hydra-er, 'cause if someone cuts off your ISP you'll just pop up from two new ones?

Epador,You left ou... (Below threshold)
jim m:


You left out that conservatives give more money, more time and effort/expertise to charity than do liberals in general. Furthermore Christians donate more money and time/labor to help victims of poverty and disaster than any other demographic group.

So Highlander, before you go spewing more ignorance, bile and hate perhaps you could inform yourself on how well you and your friends stack up against the very people you criticize. Go find a WWII vet (if you can tolerate being in such proximity to someone who served this country) and ask them about their experiences with the Red Cross and the Salvation Army. I have met countless vets who have nothing but scorn for he Red Cross and praise for the Salvation Army. The difference between the secular Red Cross and the Christian Salvation Army is that the RC demanded to be paid for their services (in many cases docking the soldier's pay) and the SA actually acted like a charity giving their resources away.

So again the secular "charity" screwed the people it claimed to be trying to help and the Christian charity just helped them.






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