Yes, there still are saints in this world.

Last week, after feeling increasingly lousy, I was taken to Washington’s Suburban Hospital to have a pacemaker inserted to help my heart beat more regularly. The surgery was followed by four days in the coronary care unit of the hospital.

I rarely saw a physician, though I’m sure they were kept in the loop. The care 24-hours a day was provided by nurses, and what great care. Always available within a minute, always helpful and positive no matter what was needed.

I came away from the hospital stay feeling that nurses are among the saints in this world. They make the world better, a reminder that many good people—nurses, teachers, and others—are quietly doing good things, though most of today’s journalism might make you think there is very little good left in the world.

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