Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Letters to the Editor
(From the , 2009 edition of the Inland Register)
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Sunday I walked out of church and I’m not going back ... at least, not to that particular parish.
The wife and I always go to our own parish. But when she’s out of town I like to go somewhere else just to enjoy a variety of liturgical presentation. At the Lord’s Prayer I extended my hand to the person next to me. She looked at it, then at me, and said, “Oh, we don’t do that here.” She had her hands reverently folded. Then I noticed the entire congregation had folded hands. Not a single person showed solidarity with his/her neighbor. It was obvious the congregation had been instructed to refrain. We could pray the communal “Our Father” but we were mandated to remain strangers. Then I understood why we had not been cued to introduce ourselves before Mass began, and why the sermon theme was “the law will make you free.”
As I gathered up my jacket and headed for the door I wondered what fear had caused someone to forbid the people of God to touch each other. As I drove home I passed a non-Catholic church. I noticed the parking lot was absolutely jammed. I wondered if fellowship and brotherhood in Christ was being celebrated there.
Fred Warmly, Spokane
In her letter “There’s good news and bad news tonight” (IR 3/19/09) Constance Brenner calls for Judgment Day. She hands out grades to Fathers Jan Larson, I.J. Mikulski, and Michael Savelesky, respectively, with an “F,” “D-,” and “A” for trying, and defines those articles where they have failed to enlighten readers. If her pronouncement forewarns what is to come, we can thank our lucky stars God is far more patient with us than we are with each other.
Perhaps we should take a moment to reflect on the Catholic Church and consider what its role has been in our spiritual development. Many of our experiences past and present involve mentors and communicators of the church who in giving their lives to God, have helped us with our own spiritual journeys. Excellent books and other written materials have bequeathed to us wisdom from the church fathers. They have been excellent sources of encouragement, providing us with invaluable spiritual guidance. We have heard inspiring homilies and tried to apply what we learned to our daily lives. We have been enlightened by the clergy, Religious, and spiritual writers as they have helped to fill our hunger and quench our thirst in so many ways. They have given us food for the soul, manna for our times, and sustained us with Our Daily Bread. How could we ever find need of more?
Something in the wind has brought us a new day. We are being called to change our ways. The cup we now hold appears to contain something strangely different. It often seems what we are asked to accept runs counterproductive to our faith. It is the unknown and unfamiliar. We are sad, confused, and angry. Our security is shaken as we can no longer see clearly the church we once loved. Feelings surface because we are asked to alter our perspectives.
Plain and simple as it is, we overlook the fact that “all things which grow change,” and that includes us, if we are to keep form with a vital and growing church. God gives us life and a cup filled with mysteries just waiting to be poured out and received. He is patient as we wait, watch, listen, try, and do. He knows the glories of yesterday still want to unfold today and tomorrow. We are being asked to explore our faith. We go where we have not been because he bids us come. We can learn to think outside the box because our Church invites us to see that God is Big. He is deep and he is wide. He teaches tolerance amid diverse thoughts and assures us a day will come when we shall see many points of view, like road maps, are all integral parts of his plan to lead us home.
Connie Pomeroy, Spokane
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