“Faith is the centerpiece of a connected life.  It allows us to live by the grace of invisible strands.  It is belief in a wisdom superior to our own.  Faith becomes a teacher in the absence of fact.”  (Terry Tempest Williams)

Many years ago, Pope John Paul, in an address given in the Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Grazie, predicted that the economic inequalities which existed then would gradually worsen in the years to come and that these were symptomatic of ‘deeper needs impinging on the spiritual sphere.’

He went on to point out that materialistic ideologies on the one hand and moral permissiveness on the other, wrongly encouraged people to believe that it was possible to build a better society without the need of a loving God.   And how prophetic his words have proved to be!

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