In the thirteenth century, St. Thomas Aquinas wrote that…

No man is able of himself to grasp the supreme good of eternal life; he needs divine help. Hence, there is here a two-fold object, the eternal life we hope for, and the divine help we hope for.

In this second decade of the twenty-first century, the divine help is what we Americans need most of all.

Across our nation, we have not only been ravaged by an economic downturn, but also by a marked decline in our commitment to faith and family. Amidst this poverty of culture, some pundits have even claimed that “all is lost.” And yet, as Catholics and Americans, we are called to not lose hope; but rather, to be a people of hope.

We should take solace in the words that Saint Pope John Paul II spoke some years ago here in the United States—at the United Nations.

Hope is not empty optimism springing from a naive confidence that the future will necessarily be better than the past. Hope and trust are the premise of responsible activity and are nurtured in that inner sanctuary of conscience where ‘man is alone with God’ and he thus perceives that he is not alone amid the enigmas of existence, for he is surrounded by the love of the Creator!

In the United States, perhaps no city faces greater challenges than Detroit. And given that this site emanates from the Motor City, it is our hope that we will be a unique place where reflections upon the present and past will offer ideas so that a brighter future may be realized. At the present time, while Detroit and many other areas of the United States remain covered with clouds, we are hopeful that, with God’s divine help, welcome rays of sun will soon break through.

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Deacon Kurt J. Godfryd, Editor

Thomas Addis, Associate Editor