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Saint Augustine on prayer and work



Lately, there’s¬†a perception on the Left that the Republicans’ offering “thoughts and prayers” to victims of shootings is hypocritical. ¬†Thoughts and prayers are cynical, this thinking goes, when it would be more helpful would be to defy the NRA and enact reasonable gun control. ¬†I think they have a point. ¬†Thoughts and prayers may be sincere, but Augustine reminds us that prayer is not enough: God expects us to act on His behalf as well. ¬†President Kennedy said it well, too: ¬†“Here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.”