We are deeply saddened by the first-hand reports we are receiving from Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza about the casualties they are treating under the most horrific circumstances. Not only do they lack basic medical supplies, but with windows blown out they are even struggling to keep patients warm.
John Shiner, chancellor for the Diocese of Los Angeles called the victory, “final, conclusive, definitive” and said it “will apply to all parishes throughout the State of California.”
In many cases early emotional or physical abuse leaves a kind of coating on our hearts, a potent kind of ‘sun block’ that filters out the radiation of God’s tenderness. That’s why it is important to speak about conversion in the Church–the conversion of those who have thought along Christian lines for years and have worked hard for God—but have not yet experienced the transformation of their inner alienation into actual openness to God’s tenderness and love.
You know how sometimes on a pitch black night in the country, you see far off one glimmer of light and you follow it and it turns out to be just a candle in a cottage window—but it was enough to assure you of life ahead, to give you the lead you wanted in the dark.