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For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
Paus, "Into the Soul of America," 1924
NOT BY BREAD ALONE
One thing I couldn't miss while buying up old magazines was how ready the publishers were to offer a page of prayer, a sermon by a prominent priest or pastor, a Biblical story to deal with life's distresses. And of course, art. Art covering the 10 Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount, Moses Leading the chosen people out of Egypt; it was beautiful.
A lot was lost when the Greatest Generation passed the torch to the Slightest Generation, of which I'm a part. Sure, we gained longer, healthier lives (though we're a bit rounder 'round the middles), terrific technology, and a far more equal, color-blind society here in the USA (just a visit to my church shows how much).
But for all that we've gained in the positive column, the negative column keeps going: atheism, materialism, anti-Americanism (starting right here at home), anti-family, anti-Christian, and (does it never end?), anti-Semitism. Did you ever think you'd live to see a day when you couldn't call the Christmas holiday "Christmas" in public without facing the ire of the politically-correct thought police and their litigious legions? Even in my own atheist days, I was never offended by the Bible or religious celebrations. Today's non-believer is not so tolerant.
But it's still America and even the Slightest Generation can show what's great about the world God gave us. I'll be adding to this page, both artwork and my own thoughts on Belief. And as with every other page, the Archives Need You!