SANTA ROSA, Calif. (RNS) — Five minutes from here, the landscape is all ash and ruin. But inside this small chapel, there is a kaleidoscope of stained-glass light and a single man sitting bathed in that light.

The man is Stephen Morris, director of youth ministry for the Diocese of Santa Rosa, and the chapel is down the hall from his office. In October, the most destructive fires in California history swept through this diocese and beyond, killing 43 people, destroying 8,000 structures and wasting 245,000 acres.

All of that is in Morris’ mind on a Wednesday afternoon as he

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