Archives for March 1, 2013

BANKING HEIRESS FORSAKES WEALTH, Devotes Her Life to Helping Underprivileged Minorities

Twenty million dollars.  That’s how much St. Katharine Drexel donated to the education and care of the poor.The young Philadelphia heiress—raised by her father, banking magnate Frederick Drexel, and her stepmother Emma Bouvier—had more money than most people can imagine.  She was well educated, and had traveled widely throughout the United States and Europe.  Her parents were devout Catholics who instilled in their children a great generosity, and a conviction that their wealth was simply loa … [Read more...]

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Hungry? Offer It Up for Marriage

The U.S. Bishops have an idea:  With the Supreme Court about to hear an important case on the rights of homosexuals to marry, the bishops invite you to fast today.  Dedicate your penance, they urge, for the intention of marriage: For the justices of the Supreme Court, that when they consider two marriage-related cases later this month, they would uphold the authentic meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, a good in itself and for all of society. This is a good idea.  Just pu … [Read more...]

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LIFE WITHOUT DO-SI-DOS: It’s Time to Say Goodbye to the Girl Scouts

 Who can turn away a sweet little girl, boxes of cookies in her wagon, smiling hopefully at your front door? And who can turn down the savory pleasures to be found in every box of Thin Mints and Samoas and Savannahs?  *     *     *     *     * Well, I can.You see, the proceeds from the sale of Girl Scout cookies are divided:  You may be happy with your local Scout leader, happy with the projects undertaken by your local Girl Scout Council.  However, while a portion of the proceeds of co … [Read more...]

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