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November 09, 2012
Vol. 54 No. 9

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The Chaplain's Corner

Reflecting on El Salvador's civil war, Jesuit priest Dean Brackley observed: "Hardship brings out the best and the worst in people. There's marvelous sanctity and generosity and charity, side by side with appalling contempt for dignity of others, especially the poor."

Responses to those devastated by Hurricane Sandy called Brackley's quote to mind. There were the inevitable stories of looters, of soulless opportunists engaged in price gouging, and people impersonating Federal Emergency Management Agency inspectors in order to gain entry and rob the occupants.

At the same time, some people risked their lives and well-being in dramatic rescue efforts. There were also hundreds of other, less spectacular but still impressive instances of compassionate response. Two women, for example, packed food into rolling suitcases and went door to door offering a free meal to those in need. A brewery switched one of its beer lines to produce a million cans of free drinking water.

The existence of evil in the world saddens but no longer shocks me. What I find more amazing is the existence of good.

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