The Visible and Invisible Poor

I believe we in North America have a problem in the way we see the poor. We are acutely aware of the poor people in Africa and Asia and believe it is up to us to do something to relieve their poverty. We are blind to the existence of poverty in our own countries, because … Continue reading The Visible and Invisible Poor

Precious memories

My cousin Dennis was born September 9, 1937, the first of six children born to Art and Katherine Goodnough. His wife called last week to tell us that his children were planning a surprise birthday party for him for his 80th birthday, last Saturday. Could we come? I thought about it briefly, maybe half a … Continue reading Precious memories

I have a perfect Father

Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?  For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of … Continue reading I have a perfect Father

Dare to be a father

A single mother was complaining about the school her boys attended; there were too many First Nations children (“Indians” she called them).  I observed the conduct of her boys and thought to myself that they suffered from the same affliction as many First Nations children in our area: they did not have a father. We … Continue reading Dare to be a father

Missing Fathers

Twenty years ago, Québec psychologist Guy Corneau published a book entitled père manquant, fils manqué.  The title is a French play on words that is untranslatable, but means that there is something lacking in the development of a son when the father is missing.  Mr. Corneau explained that he did not only mean  fathers who … Continue reading Missing Fathers