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Clio's Temple


Pave paradise, put up a parking lot

In one way, the old European monarchies with their corps of idle aristocrats had the right idea: Preserve the land. Of course, that sometimes meant, "let the peasants starve," but that's  another argument. At least they didn't entertain the illusion that letting pillagers and poachers loose on their land was a wise policy.

Today marks the date in 1872 when President Grant signed into law the bill setting aside what we now know as Yellowstone National Park for future generations.


This weekend St. Thaddeus has hosted some visitors from Cange, Haiti, which is a mission focus of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina. When we think of Haiti, most thoughts turn to the 2010 earthquake and the long struggle to dig out of the rubble of that disaster. Beyond that, our thoughts are most likely to go to the endemic poverty, disease, and daily battle with life that is the lot of so many in that part of the world.

Such was not the focus of our visitors. The homily was delivered by a priest educated in the Bon Sauveur school set up in Cange in the 1980s.
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