Tsunami And The Triumph Of Hope

Ten years after a tsunami ravaged villages like this on the Indian Ocean Coast, towns have been rebuilt, lives repaired. [Credit: endignorance.org]

Ten years after a tsunami ravaged villages like this that line the Indian Ocean coastline, towns have been rebuilt, lives repaired. [Credit: endignorance.org]

A decade has passed since a tsunami devastated villages in 13 Asian countries, which reminded me that somewhere I have a plastic sandwich bag filled with rupees.

The rupees are among the mementoes of a woman I cherished.  She went to Kudankulam, a fishing village on the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent, ten years ago to provide medical care to the tsunami’s survivors. Continue reading

The Good News Pope Francis Missed

Pope Francis's inaugural encyclical celebrated the gospel and excoriated markets.  But did he overlook some very good news?  [Credit: Telegraph]

Pope Francis’s inaugural encyclical celebrated the gospel and excoriated markets. But did he overlook some very good news? [Credit: Telegraph]

In writing about the joy of the gospel, Pope Francis overlooked some very good news – about markets, about compassion, about poverty.

His first encyclical (Evangelii Gaudium, “The Joy of The Gospel”) has drawn attention less for its focus on missions than for its economic pronouncements. President Obama favorably cited the document in his recent remarks on economic mobility, while some conservative commentators have offered up harsh criticisms. Continue reading