Tuesday, August 16, 2011


We are all sympathetic and want to help; we want to do the right thing.  Sometimes, though, others can turn our "right thing" into a very wrong thing, and that is what is happening in the famine-gripped country o Somalia now.  It is the saddest kind of repeat of the famine in Ethiopia years ago.

What can be done?  The strongest suggestion I can offer is to make a contribution, if you so choose, to an organization on site that can use the funds in the most proper way--an organization like Catholic Relief Services, known throughout the world for being able to do exactly this wherever there is great need.

Mother Teresa was often asked by people what they could do to help her in her work.  She never asked for money; she would simply say, "Come and see.  If you come, then you'll see what needs to be done, and what you can do, and you can do it."  We don't have the same opportunity to "come and see" in Somalia, but by going to the CRS web-site link, we can "come and see" even if from a distance, and we'll see what we can do, and we can do it.

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