I was unable to meet the Good Friday publication deadline, but I hope and trust that you were all able to observe the day in a way that brought blessings. I attended Good Friday services today in the church where I began my priestly work in Florida about 40 years ago. It was very much like coming home again.
The Poisons We Pick is a thoughtful essay on the roots of the opioid crisis in the United States. The Church must bring its collective wisdom to the public debate, but as the author correctly observes, few of us understand the sensation of addiction, which is different for each substance, the history of substance abuse, the cultural forces which nurture abuse, and the recent loss of social and religious supports which sustained large segments of the population in our past.
For Folks Who Can't Read Everything