Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
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Letters to the Editor
(From the Nov. 15, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)
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In 1994 I was in Calcutta volunteering for Mother Teresa for two-and-a-half weeks. Now that she is gone, I felt that I should do something in her honor, since she has done so much for the underprivileged, the unwanted, the unloved, the poor, and the hungry. Not only food, but also love and compassion, and not just in India, but all over the world.
Therefore, I started the “Mother Teresa Hour of Prayer” a few years ago, and it has been doing very well. Our prayers are very meaningful. All the prayers are in books that I put together so that we can all pray together.
When I was with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, I would go to Holy Hour every night in their Chapel. They prayed for world peace, the church, the sick and suffering, the missionaries, for those in need and for forgiveness. So I tried to pattern “The Mother Teresa Hour of Prayer” as best I could after “Mother Teresa’s Holy Hour.”
We would love to have you come and pray with us and add to the 20 or so people that now attend. Prayer is powerful!
The “Mother Teresa Hour of Prayer” is held the first Friday of each month at 2p.m. in O’Malley Hall, which is in the basement of St. Aloysius Church, 330 E. Boone Ave. in Spokane.
For more information, please call 483-1987.
Bruno Kensok, Spokane
If Father Larson wants to know who instituted the sacraments (“Liturgy Reflections: Who instituted the sacraments?” IR 10/25/07), I suggest he open the New Testament and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. If he wants to discuss “historical” issues, I suggest he read the book Jesus of Nazareth by Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI. Be sure to read the preface.
If Father Larson is unhappy with the Latin Mass (“Celebrating the old Latin Mass,” IR 10/4/07), fine. Don’t celebrate it. However, I would suggest he read the letter to the bishops, written by Pope Benedict XVI, on the occasion of the publication of the apostolic letter “Summorum Pontificum.”
One thing Father Larson will notice in the letter written by Pope Benedict, is humility.
Steve Domini, Spokane
Our diocese seems to suffer greatly with schism; there are several “Traditional Catholic” communities that are separated from the Church. Pope Benedict XVI’s recent motu proprio to broaden the use of the Tridentine Mass would be another hopeful step toward reconciliation with these communities. It is sadly perplexing that in what almost seems to be issue after issue of the Inland Register that we read Father Jan Larson telling us that what many of us regard as true, beautiful, and inspired by God in our Catholic Tradition is out-moded and of no value. From sacred art, architecture, devotions, music, Latin, EWTN, and now the Tridentine Mass – all these have been explained away in Father Larson’s “Liturgy Reflections.” Those who find well-being in portions of our faith which do not fit a modernist, stripped-down interpretation of Vatican II, are cast as misguided.
The Eucharist is the source and summit of our Christian life. Our traditions together with the communion of the saints and the company of angels inspire our souls and help bring us into an encounter with Almighty God at every Mass. God wants to captivate our hearts at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The Catholic Church is diverse and includes many Rites in addition to the Latin Rite. It is not possible that everyone will feel “full, conscious, and active participation” when they experience the liturgical formula that is prescribed in “Liturgy Reflections.” The Tridentine Mass has been painstakingly handed down to us through the generations; the faithful that desire it should not be denied its celebration.
Through God’s grace we have recently been witness to an event of great joy. We have all read about the return of the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church – what a tremendous blessing and encouragement! This is surely one sign of the springtime of renewal of which John Paul II spoke. The Holy Spirit is reuniting our Catholic family through prayer.
Jesus promised that as successors to St. Peter, our popes would not lead the Church into error. Pope Benedict XVI can be trusted to continue to lead us in the proper interpretation of Vatican II with the bishops in union with him. Let us continue to pray and take steps toward reconciliation with our separated brethren. One of those steps would be making the Tridentine Mass available in our diocese.
Brian Gomolski, Nine Mile Falls, Wash.
It is a fact that the birth control pill kills newly-conceived babies. Why then are so many Catholics adopting such a course of behavior which is in direct opposition to Catholic moral teachings on abortion? According to the Physicians Desk Reference and the Guttmacher Institute (neither to be confused with pro-life organizations) attest that the birth control pill works in three ways: 1. To inhibit ovulation 2. To inhibit conception 3. To inhibit implantation (via altering the endometrium).
The use of contraception within the framework of the average “faithful” Catholic’s life has been rendered the “norm” within the last 30 years. If the Gallup polls are indicative of Catholic behavior on this issue, then around 80 percent of all Catholics dissent from their Church on this so very essential Christian doctrine. The most popular method of contraception after sterilization is that of the birth control pill. That Catholics are unilaterally prohibited from using any contraceptive methods to avoid conception or space their children cannot be doubted (the licit method of Natural Family Planning is not a contraceptive). Yet, in direct opposition to the Church’s magisterium and 2,000 years of consistent authoritative observance, so many of the “faithful” have joined in a resounding non serviam, or a lack of obedience to what is clearly presented in Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae.
This contraception, or anti-life revolt, has led to so very many Catholics to engage in a behavior that Holy Mother Church has held, does hold, and forever will hold as grave matter. This cultural phenomenon within the Church has also resulted in the universal tragedy of the widespread reception of the Holy Eucharist in a state of mortal sin, and the Church is consequently deeply wounded by the millions of acts of sacrilegious Communions committed at every Sunday liturgy.
We as a Church have been struck almost totally silent in defense of Humanae Vitae and we have failed to communicate its truths to the lay faithful. Especially, the fact that many “common” contraceptive methods such as the intrauterine device and the birth control pill are silencing the natural life of the child within the wombs of millions of Catholic and non-Catholic women alike. We must not maintain our silence, which betokens cowardice, regarding the eternal truths of Jesus Christ any longer. An entire generation of Catholics has, with or without sufficient knowledge, efficiently liquidated a vast multitude of God’s children by using such abortafacient devices.
The pill kills – it is the hard truth. But it will remain a silent truth unless we listen, learn, speak, and act. To those who are hesitant to embrace the Church’s teaching on contraception, I would venture to ask them just one question: Do you believe The Blessed Trinity creates and endows us with a soul at conception and loves us infinitely? If the answer to this question is yes, then we must labor tirelessly to stop the use of the birth control pill and ultimately to embrace the Church’s teaching on the openness and sacredness to life.
Jeffrey Grinstead, Cheney, Wash.
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