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Ken Mafli

Ken Mafli

is passionate about Theological Anthropology and has been studying the Bible, humanity, and how we relate to God for over 20 years.

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    c9dAlong with many others who have priolvusey posted, I was born and raised a catholic and went to catholic school all the way through school, basically until Penn State. Even going to a public institution, I am still relatively strong in my religion and go to mass mostly every Sunday and listen to the priests’ homilies about hope and thanks and service to others. In high school, service was a big part of our curriculum; you couldn’t move onto the next grade unless you completed so many hours of service, and in senior year, I was chosen with 9 other guys to go to Mexico City for a month to live and help out in an orphanage. That month was one of the toughest months of my life, leaving behind everything I know to go to a third world country and use the little amount of Spanish I knew to help communicate to the kids and try and make their lives a little bit better. I know all about what it is like to be in a third world country in the poorest sections without clean water or clean air, for that matter. I feel terrible that there is nothing immediate that I can do to help out those who were affected in Haiti, besides send them goods and money to help the rebuilding process, as well as my keep those who were affected in my prayers. I hope that the little that I can do as one, singular person can somehow positively affect the way in which the Haitians are presently suffering. When the basket went around in class, I happened to not have cash on me, however, after the following class, I without hesitation gave money to help them out. There was a collection in my neighborhood for clothes and without hesitation, I told my mother to give away old shirts and clothes that I had that I never use anymore. Being a Catholic, I always thought that what Jesus called us to do was something big something that would be tough for a lone person to do. But what His teachings were actually about were the everyday, small interactions between people, whether that is being there for a friend who just found out that their parents are divorcing and going through a hard time, or simply being courteous and holding a door open for someone. In times of desperation, it is important for people to come together to help out other people, not because it makes them feel good and not even because “Jesus told you to do so,” it is simply the right, just, and moral thing to do. Regardless of if I was religious or not, I know that I would want to help these people out because their situation is so dire and desperate, that they need our help. The American lifestyle moves fast, but in calamity and devastation, we should slow down and realize what are really important in our lives: our family, friends, health, the glory of being alive. So give money and help the people of Haiti in their time of need. And take time to thank God (or who/whatever you worship) for being alive, healthy, and so lucky. And if you don’t believe in God, just appreciate everything you have, because there will come a time when you need help, just like the Haitians, and you would hope that someone will be there for you in your time of need.


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