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The World Seen Through the Lens of Faith


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"It is taught in Sunday school, catechism, and Catholic and Christian schools across the country and the world that violence is not an option – the golden rule is always to be used. We are to be peaceful beings in regards to physical and emotional health in order to attain full happiness. But what we are not told are things about subjects that are not often breached, like alcohol, sex and drug abuse. We look at these subjects and wonder how our children, friends and siblings could ever fall prey to such destructive habits. We never believe that someone close to us could become someone overcome by addiction, anger and power or something as simple as inadequacy. But what happens when it does happen? Are we a cause – a catalyst? Do we sit back and watch what happens? Do we even notice?"

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