Andrew Hills | Tuesday, January 26, 2010
It was completely unnecessary for Fr. DelFra to open his Thursday column (“What we can do together,” Jan. 21) with his explanation of the quote, “There are no atheists in foxholes.” The quote and even his explanation express a pervasive mindset that people cannot face great challenges without asking for help from above. I should not need to clarify why this is absurd. He proceeds to explain that an ecumenical spirit between people of all religions right now is what is needed to face the crisis in Haiti. Should that spirit be what convinces you to offer help to those in Haiti, so be it. However, for those who think prayer will fix Haiti’s problems, I urge you to consider this anonymous quote: “Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer.” I have been told many times that God listens to every prayer, but he doesn’t answer them all. Rather than taking our chances, I suggest we all do something a bit more concrete. Imagine the thousands of hands at this University giving monetary aid to relief organizations. That would most certainly have a tangible effect for the suffering people of Haiti.