Dan Valenti's Mercy Journal

'Our Pope, Our Hope!'

"Something there is that doesn't love a wall."

Robert Frost penned that immortal line. Frost didn't like walls because they compartmentalize unity and shut off aspects of life from one another. He wrote his poem about the forces that want to put walls up and those that bring them down. The Holy Father's experience with the infamous security wall erected by Israel calls to mind Frost's line.

Caritas Takes the Initiative

'No More War!'

He came in peace. He left in praise. In between, he pastored.

Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the Holy Land (May 8-15) focused attention on the troubled region, extended an olive branch to Islam, paid respect to the victims of the Holocaust, and reaffirmed Vatican support for a Palestinian homeland.

God's Mercy is Mankind's Mulligan

The other night, I golfed for the first time in 10 years. I literally had to scrape the rust and shake the dust. My outing, at a nine-hole course in nearby Pittsfield, Mass., came at the invitation of John Koldys, human resources manager for the Association of Marian Helpers on Eden Hill, home of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge. A golfer invited a duffer. Doug McClay from maintenance and finance's Pete Fusini completed the fearsome foursome.

Rust Never Sleeps

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