, Newburyport, MA


July 4, 2013

Is grace still shed on thee?


As one Msgr. Charles Pope so eloquently said about scriptural teachings regarding civility: that the better biblical formula seems to be clarity with charity, truth with both toughness and tenderness, i.e., to heed the old adage to “say what you mean, mean what you say, but don’t say it mean.”

I’ll drink to that, because if we don’t there may be hell to pay. And grace will no longer be shed on thee. Or anyone.


John Burciaga of Newburyport writes on politics, social issues and religion, and may be reached at

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