Monday of the 3rd Week in Lent

“The anthropologist Margaret Mead was once asked what she regarded as the earliest sign of civilization,” Father Jerry shares in this morning’s homily, “Was it an axe blade, an arrowhead, a fish hook, or something more sophisticated, such as a musical instrument, or a ceramic bowl? Her answer surprised her questioner: A healed human femur. Not something made by a human, but something actually human. Not an artifact, but a part of someone who once lived, and walked this earth, who was hurt, and healed.” To help and to heal… that is civilization.