FROM THE Directors

In the progress of mankind there are times that call for extraordinary courage, mercy, and perspective. Times that challenge men and women to stand in gratitude for the richness of lessons learned—usually the hard way. People are often asked by events, again and again, to give the best and most honorable of themselves. And the worst of times has been changed to the best through a timely and unselfish word or act by a person, an institution, a community, or a nation.

This is such a time. There are signs today that a more noble era is struggling to emerge. None of us is blind to the despair felt by so many of our brothers and sisters who share this globe. But it must be that this very awareness is drawing forth a wider charity to assuage the grief and sorrow and deprivation felt by too many. A more noble era can only become so as it leaves no one out—leaves no one untouched.

The ice of winter, the fire of Christmas
December 25, 1989

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