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Fr. Philip Schmitter meditates Dec. 1 before preparing for a celebration of Mass at Christ the King Catholic Church in Flint, Michigan. Schmitter, 74, says that meditating in the morning and evening has helped keep him calmer and has even lowered his blood pressure. He has served the beleaguered city of Flint for 50 years, often inserting himself into social justice issues, including those related to race, environment and poverty. (AP/Martha Irvine)