Periodical Martyrdom

On the Real Division in Play

One of the missionaries of the church I grew up in was a medical doctor practicing in an impoverished African country. Those who came to his clinic for treatment were also given the gospel. While he did not emphasize it in his reports to the anti-Catholic congregation, he made no bones about the fact that while in the field he would meet regularly with a group of nuns from a nearby convent to pray—thus acknowledging not only their Christianity, but also the possibility of an active, vital fellowship with them.

He was a canny man who knew his M.D. made him . . .

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