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(From the , 2007 edition of the Inland Register)
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In the July 5, 2007 edition of the Inland Register, “Diocese welcomes new Association of the Faithful,” there is no doubt as to the application of Chapter 15 of Luke’s Gospel relative to the “Parable of the Lost Sheep,” “The Parable of the Lost Coin,” and “ The Parable of the Lost Son.” The only difference is the fact the group of 15 Religious from Mount St. Michael is “seeking truth” and they are now going in the right direction as their year of discernment begins at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC).
Those who directly or indirectly assisted in their journey thus far are to be commended, including Father Darrin Connall, Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer, Father Dan Barnett; conferences by Bene-dictine Abbot Adrian Parcher; Deacon John Ruscheinsky, Director of IHRC: and above all, Bishop Skylstad for the recognition, approval of statutes, and erecting the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church as a private association of the faithful, recognized by the diocese for three years.
Above all, the power of prayer for those who are outside the Church is proof positive it is more than a “saying” or wishful thinking. We must remember the Society of Pius X, whose return is of great concern to our Holy Father, Benedict, and appropriately the designated commission established by Pope John Paul II is actively involved through dialogue and prayer.
Rather than ignoring those who have gone astray, as members of the Body of Christ, we are obligated to assist one another on the road to salvation. Bravo to the Spokane Diocese in this endeavor!
J.R. Sontergath, Pullman, Wash.
Editor: I want to mention the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church (“Diocese welcomes new Association of the Faithful: ‘If you’re seeking truth, there’s nothing to be afraid of,’” IR 7/5/07). They were at the Cathedral on July 21. So many of us welcomed them and are so pleased they are there.
Some people were so happy to see the order in habits. They feel the habits of Sisters are a tremendous witness for God in the world. I feel very much the same way – just as we are pleased to see priests in their collars, also, as a witness, without even a word said, that the world needs right now.
Barbara Bernadette Piercy, Spokane
Congratulations on your fine and very important story about the nuns from Mount St. Michael! ("Diocese welcomes new Association of the Faithful: ‘If you’re seeking truth, there’s nothing to be afraid of,’” IR 7/5/07.) It is very well done. I’m sorry to say that the only place I’ve seen it referred to is in The Wanderer, which I receive. It deserves much wider distribution! I perused many sites during the week and its absence is incredible.
Of all the groups to be reconciled, this was of course one of those written off by many in the Church due to the (now almost) insurmountable sedevacantism. The elements of targeted prayer and kindness/friendship were very well presented and of course often lacking in these situations.
Thanks again for a beautiful story,
Andrew Favorite, Minneapolis, Minn.
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