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Paul Rolly

Last Updated Mar 2, 2015 07:38AM

Renowned 20th-century theologian and philosopher Thomas Merton wrote a passage in one of his 70-plus books that seems relevant to what is happening in the Utah Legislature: “It is easy enough to tell the poor to accept their poverty as God’s will when you yourself have warm clothes and plenty of food and medical care and a roof over your head and no worry about the rent. But if you want them to believe you — try to share some of their poverty and see if you can accept it …

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