Prayer: the key to healthy family life
September 02, 2010
Research by social scientists has produced a huge mountain of data showing that families with a strong religious commitment—in particular, families that pray together—are more successful in a wide variety of measurements: staying intact, obtaining a good education, avoiding crime, escaping poverty, etc. After citing the data, Patrick Fagan recalls that at a time when New York’s new Irish-Catholic immigrants were regarded as the dregs of society, Archbishop John Joseph Hughes spurred a religious revival that helped mold these immigrants into model citizens. Using the legendary prelate’s nickname, Fagan suggests: “It is time to pray for an African-American Dagger John.”
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