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Letters to the Editor
(From the April 30, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)
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Thanks very much for including news of our April 9 encore performance of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at Gonzaga University in the April 9 Inland Register. We had only a few empty seats in Wolff Auditorium and the performance received the longest standing ovation of our run.
Several people who said they had no direct connection to Gonzaga University said they came to the show based on reading about it in the Register.
Thanks for your help.
Father Kevin Connell SJ, Spokane
Regarding Paul McDonnell’s letter (vol. 66, no. 13). I am also very concerned about our vulnerable brothers and sisters suffering poverty, both physical and spiritual. May God bless you for your prayers and work for their relief. We depart, however, in our perception of our good priests and seminarians. I pray daily for our Lord to make holy and sanctify our priests and seminarians. Faithful priests are saving souls, keeping Catholics of all ages worldwide out of error, and speaking without guile all the beautiful truths of our Holy Catholic faith. Our hearts and our children’s hearts are filled with joy and the Holy Spirit as they preach and when we are around them.
What you call conservative seminarians and priests I call hope. No doubt your faithful priest is in front of the tabernacle right now praying for your soul – and mine.
Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan wrote, “Before you criticize the Church as being removed from social reality, read the documents and encyclicals of the popes. You will be surprised to discover that they have dealt with every problem with deep insight. You will see just how radical and advanced were their policies of renewal, drawn from the Scriptures, the grace of God, and tradition. As Pope Pius XII once said, if we put into practice even a little of the popes’ teachings, the Church and the world would be transformed.” (The Road of Hope #269)
The magisterium of the Holy Catholic Church ensures the Church’s fidelity to the teaching of the Apostles in matters of faith and morals. There are many stumbling blocks in the world and we need the light of Christ to see our way. Our faithful priests feed us the truth so we really can be the light, leaven, and salt in our world. Please, go visit the Missionaries of Charity in Hillyard to see joy and peace in serving the poorest of the poor.
How will anyone be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as Jesus desires, if no one preaches the Word? Our faithful priests trust in God’s Word and with them we stay on the solid rock of our Faith. The service faithful priests render to souls is too great for words.
When the time comes, I pray I will receive Last Rites and a Catholic burial. For that to happen I need the boys who are my sons’ ages right now to desire to become priests of Jesus Christ. Our Lord, through his faithful witnesses who uphold Church teaching, is making that happen. Our faithful, fervent priests, seminarians and Religious love and care for humanity through loving him.
St. John Marie Vianney, Patron Saint of Priests, pray for us and for all priests!
Darci Gomolski, Spokane
I couldn’t help recognize myself as the woman opting to not hold hands during the Our Father in Fred Warmly’s letter “Fellowship” in the April 9, 2009 issue. Mr. Warmly neglected to mention that I shook hands with him at the sign of peace. I noticed most of the congregation in the orans position and a few holding hands. My exact words were “oh, I don’t hold hands” not “we don’t hold hands here.” Let us not forget our brothers and sisters in Christ who are scandalized by irreverent liturgies. There is an unusually large amount of schismatic “traditionalist” and sedevacantist groups in the Spokane area.
There is logical rationale for not holding hands. For starters it is not in the rubrics of the Mass. The rationale could be googled or found on ewtn.com. Any seminarian could explain it. I am not the liturgy police, but I feel like my entire parish was just issued a citation. It has nothing to do with not sharing “solidarity with his/her neighbor” and a mandate “to remain strangers.” Mr. Warmly was free to join us for fellowship at coffee hour after Mass and ask what our rationale was instead of judging rashly.
I have never encountered a friendlier parish. I have been to many a parish where the person next to me enthusiastically grabbed my hand during Mass but not one soul would say “boo” to me at coffee hour. The former pastor spoke about hearing of its good reputation for hospitality when he was first assigned. It must be why the pews are packed, that and the wonderful priests. It is so refreshing to hear orthodox, courageous homilies after the banal, flat-out heterodox homilies I endured in the 1980s and 1990s. It is no surprise I knew little about my faith as a young adult and that many of my generation have lost their faith. I’ve been to my share of Protestant services. I can attest their fellowship does not compare to having Jesus truly present on the altar and in my body.
Jodi Wagner, Spokane
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