The explosions in Beirut...

Were a great tragedy indeed. Had a begging letter earlier from Aid to the Church in Need's US people:

Our ACN Lebanon expert, Father Samer Nassif, said that the Christian zone of Beirut was “completely devastated.”  Ten churches were destroyed, 300,000 people have been made homeless, livelihoods destroyed, [amidst] suffering incalculable. 

“In one second, more damage to the Christian quarter of Beirut was done than throughout the long years of the civil war. “We have to build it again from the ground up,” Father Samer told us.

One positive historical characteristic of the Church in the United States is our generosity; I hope that this catastrophe elicits relief sufficient to the need.