My mailbox recently revealed that the U.S. presidential election has finally arrived — or at least my Vote By Mail ballot had.
Peace Be With You
A weekly column offering a Christian and Catholic perspective by native Maderan John Rieping, a graduate of Mt. Angel Seminary who spent 4 1/2 years in formation at Mount Angel Abbey. His website is http://wambly.weebly.com
Few people today remember the magnitude of the so-called “mercy killing” by the National Socialist German Worker’s Party, which created about 15,000 concentration, labor, and death camps in Europe from 1933-
Shortly before World War II began, a clergyman around 60 years of age would be registered by the office of Chancellor Adolf Hitler as the Nazi government’s most dangerous enemy.
“God, you are my refuge into eternity.” Those words were allegedly the last spoken by 21-year-old university student Sophie Scholl before her beheading Feb. 22, 1943.
More than a century ago, local grapevines allegedly required no irrigation, and a hand pump could draw water from a hand-dug well.
The San Joaquin Valley, the southern half of the large flat mountain-bound interior of California, has undergone many changes.
“Today my thoughts / Are swift and cool / As goldfish in / A lily pool. / Tomorrow, like as not, / They’ll be / Brown turtles blinking / Hard at me.