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The Forget-It-All Pill Philippians 4:4-7

The Forget-It-All Pill

Painful memories cannot be erased, but sometimes they can be defanged by remembering how near the Lord is to us.

At a Glance

A pill is being developed that will target certain memories and erase them, while other memories remain intact. Is this a pharmaceutical way to do what the apostle asks us to do in today's epistle reading?

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel reading, see "Orville, Wilbur and John," December 14, 2003 , at

He's in a firehouse with some exhausted firefighters. His name is Jeffrey Mitchell, a psychologist and former firefighter. His job? To help emergency workers deal with the emotional impact of their work. The firefighters now are in a room sitting in a circle. They're not too talkative.

Then John tells his story. His squad had been called to the scene of a terrible traffic accident. One of the vehicles was a family sedan, but it was so badly mangled that you couldn't even tell what model it had been. It was obvious almost immediately that the parents, sitting in the two front seats and covered with blood, were dead.

There were two children in ...

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