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What they don’t show you on TV


Photo by Matt Labash / The Weekly Standard

Images like this don’t pop up on the Evening News.

In the above photo, Missionary Vern Conaway offers Hail Mary’s for a dead infant in the hospital morgue in Haiti. It comes from a very good profile by Matt Labash of the legendary Fr. Rick Frechette. Please read it. And remember all these good souls in your prayers.

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Michael Kuzibek

posted March 1, 2010 at 11:47 am

Hands that helop are more useful than words that pray!

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posted March 1, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Michael what a thoughtless and faithless comment.

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Jay Everett

posted March 1, 2010 at 4:38 pm

For reasons of their own the MEDIA would never show a priest giving an infant last rites. Now if it were one of the government elite from the USA standing besides the corpse of an infant, that would be news….
Sometimes we fail to recognize the untiring work that a priest does in his many years of service to GOD…God see’s all and rewards according to our actions, not in material goods but in God’s all-possessing, all powerful, all bountiful hands….Your life would be more meaningful if you stayed away from the main stream media and focused more on the Salvation work of the Holy Catholic Church….

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posted March 2, 2010 at 6:15 am

To Michael Kuzibek: Not wishing to undermine in any way good works, nevertheless, in good spirit I must contest:
When comparing the serving Martha with the contemplative Mary Our Lord answers: “Martha, Martha, you are careful and are troubled about many things: But one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the best part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
After His death, it is to the prayerful and searching Mary, before any of the active disciples, that Our Lord appears to first.
Luke says further on: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his justice: and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Any worthy act can start on your knees.

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posted March 2, 2010 at 4:52 pm

If you read the article you see that the priest is doing very necessary work. Burying the dead (and praying for them as you do it) in the earthquake’s aftermath is a highly pragmatic, selfless thing to do. He is praying for them yes, but also helping to combat disease and contamination of water sources.

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John Shattuck

posted March 28, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Vern Conway And Father Rick Frechette are simply amazing human beings. They are truley inspirational as they give of themselves without question. They live for years in Haiti only to care for those less furtunate. I return once again in the next two weeks to help with there mission. I am blessed to know such honorable men.

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