I don't ever want to see people go to jail, no matter what they've done. I feel a pang of sorrow when I read about or hear a sentencing on the news. I do want people off the streets who are a danger to us, even though I feel sorry to see them go. But I usually think even their sentences are too long.
Peace & Justice
Making a Difference: Why is it that when faced with differences of opinion, we often opt for violence instead of dialogue?
The brutal kidnappings and killings in Congo must stop, and the church can help by reaching out to the "perpetrators and accomplices" of the violence, said members of several religious congregations working in Congo.
Hundreds of innocent children and adults have been kidnapped and "butchered" in nighttime raids by armed men in the northeastern area of Beni, said a written statement by members of the general councils of 10 religious orders and congregations that are present in the diocese of Butembo-Beni.
PeaceWorks Kansas City objected to the factory Chris Gentile runs, which assembles non-nuclear components of nuclear weapons.
Missouri groups are working to decrease prison sentences for nonviolent offenders who are good candidates for parole but are denied access to the parole process.
When asked to describe the mystery of Easter, author Carl Knudsen responded with the following story. Years ago, an old municipal lamplighter, engaged in putting out the street lamps one by one, was met by a reporter who asked him if he ever grew weary of his work. After all, it was a lonely job and the night was cold and damp.
"Never am I cheerless," said the old man, "for there is always a light ahead of me to lead me on."
Grace on the Margins: Fordham University gave John O. Brennan, now director of the CIA, an honorary degree in 2012. The decision quickly became a cause of concern.
Book review: The Good Samaritan reflects author Jeff Dietrich's untiring service of feeding and aiding the poor.
Faith and Justice: Syria has suffered like few countries in the world. The country and its people need our help and assistance.
At the Intersection: I don't believe love is wimpy, but I admit I had forgotten its radical transformative capabilities.