Why I’m Coming to El Salvador
My wife Mary Alice and I are coming on this pilgrimage to venerate a martyr and undeclared saint, Maura Clarke, MM. I’m coming in the hope of drawing courage from her strength.
I knew Maura back in the late 1970s when we were both members of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Boston–she dedicated, and I uncertain, a conservative trying to think liberally, as I often defined myself.
I didn’t know her well in the sense that we had had long talks together, or that I had invited her to have dinner with the family. But one didn’t have to know her intimately; the smile told you everything. She was genuinely joyous, gentle and affirming–a conciliator when, not infrequently, there were divisive issues being discussed. She listened well, spoke with reason, and always sought to bring peace and good will back to the group while advancing the cause from discussion to action. Read More »