Mark Azzara spent 45 years in print journalism, most of them with the Waterbury Republican in Connecticut, where he was a features writer with a special focus on religion at the time of his retirement. He also worked for newspapers in New Haven and Danbury, Conn. At the latter paper, while sports editor, he won a national first-place writing award on college baseball. Azzara also has served as the only admissions recruiter for a small Catholic college in Connecticut and wrote a self-published book on spirituality, "And So Are You." He is active in his church and facilitates two Christian study groups for men. Azzara grew up in southern California, graduating from Cal State Los Angeles. He holds a master's degree from the University of Connecticut.
I can't tell you how frustrated I am with the bishops. And yet they are no worse than me. If I can lose sight of God and fail to see things his way, then I can't fault the bishops for making the same mistake.
True compassion and true sacrifice for others require that we surrender to God's influence over us, which will sustain us when our cheap human versions of those words fail us and we are tempted to put up the barricades and scream, “No more!”