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Friday, November 07, 2014

My better half works for World Relief, helping refugees find work. I like to say that my job is about telling people how to love their neighbor. My wife's job is about loving the neighbor. At any rate, she pointed me to an interesting piece on "The Immigrant Advantage." The intriguing second paragraph reads:
Statistics show that if you are born elsewhere and later acquire American citizenship, you will, on average, earn more than us native-borns, study further, marry at higher rates and divorce at lower rates, fall out of the work force less frequently and more easily dodge poverty.
In terms of their work ethic and family values, it sounds like they are more American than Americans. And the reason for this has something to do with the power of community.

There are many virtues to which our age aspires, but meekness doesn't seem to be one of them. It's not, well, cool. And yet right toward the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus praises the meek, saying they are especially blessed. Maybe this book excerpt will encourage us to want to be so blessed.

You don't have to agree with the Catholic practice of refusing Communion to divorced people, and you don't have to agree with this writer about her allegiance to Catholicism. But I have to say I was impressed with her courage. If you're going to be a Catholic, she says, you need to shape your life and practice according to the church, no matter how uncomfortable it is. As a committed Protestant, I have to admit, sadly, that we too often turn those priorities around, shaping our faith to fit our lifestyle.

When it comes to women of historical importance, the name "Hannah More" does not ring a bell for most Christians. It's nothing on the order of Teresa of Avila or even Florence Nightingale. But she was one of the most extraordinary figures of 19th-century England. More should know about More, and this interview with Karen Swallow Prior, the author of a new biography on this "poet, reformer, and abolitionist," should help. You can look forward to a review of Prior's book in a forthcoming issue of Christianity Today as well (I just assume you are a subscriber, of course).

Grace and peace,

Mark Galli
Mark Galli
Mark Galli
Editor, Christianity Today

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