No surprise at all: as international relief began to arrive in fractured Japan after the awful earthquake and tsunami, among the first were Catholic agencies.
As I said, no surprise: religious communities provide the most massive private (non-governmental) relief and care in the world, and first among the world’s communities of faith is the Catholic Church.
I know, Jesus, our founder, told us not to “blow a trumpet” when we give alms, an imperative we heed particularly during this Lenten season. So, I hope He forgives me for this violation!
But, I’m really not doing it as an act of pride, but…