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poverty
July 09, 2021
A friend had taken a perilous road trip, to save a family in danger of being killed. My friend’s a pro-life activist, who stands outside abortion clinics and talks to people in a friendly way. If expectant mothers going into the clinic are willing, she befriends them, and she gets them what they need so
May 19, 2021
Angel was in need, and friends were happy to help her, until they discovered that she wasn't in the need she'd said she was. If you practice the works of mercy, sometimes you're going to get conned. Practice them anyway.
January 04, 2021
The first Catholic church to be built on that spot was begun in 1830, constructed with the labor and funds of the working class children of Irish and German immigrants. Their descendants only come here for Mass. This is the normal ebb and flow of the tide of American cities. We come here as riffraff, live downtown in squalor, build a church, and eventually our descendants become people who want nothing to do with the squalid riffraff that live downtown.
December 21, 2020
She had her left leg on one of those little scooters people use when they’ve broken an ankle. She’d asked the clerk at St. Vincent de Paul to take a drip coffee maker out of the box. It was new, still in the wrapping, and cost about $2.00, maybe $3.00. Everything’s sold as is and
December 11, 2020
I speak too well to be poor. Even as I’m weeping on the phone, and the very kind woman is explaining to me that I had to make more before the pandemic to qualify for help, and I try to explain to her that there was no way to make money before the pandemic, and
November 27, 2020
The cold came on so fast this year. We’d had a couple of cold snaps in northern Appalachia this fall; it even snowed a little on November first. But the real wintry cold came in with a wind storm this weekend. It went from t-shirt weather to near freezing in six hours, and this time
February 27, 2017
Many people on the streets are holding fast to God when every other social tie has failed them
February 08, 2017
Archbishop Auza said that the world is now 'less stable and in desperate need of concrete signs of hope'
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