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(From the May 20, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)
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Not satisfied with vilifying the Catholic Church, anti-Catholics, intent on bringing down the Church, now want to depose Pope Benedict XVI, a very holy, capable, sincere and loving person. His detractors, including some Catholics, we are sad to say, are not hesitant to say the Church does not need a director (a ridiculous position) but do not fail to give direction on how the church should run its affairs.
A recent blog posed the query, who would want to be a Catholic? The article continued to report the dissatisfaction of current members, all women who said they were going to leave the Church due to the current strife caused by abuse and the alleged failure of the pope to adequately handle certain incidences of abuse. Time, I am sure will vindicate the pope. Those who lack the courage to withstand current persecution, we regret, should leave the Church now. It has been under persecution for 2,000 years and as, predicted, will continue through the apocalypse. The severity of the persecution will increase. I hope that I am not alive during the apocalypse. I doubt I will have the courage to withstand martyrdom.
To the query, “who would want to be a Catholic?” Unhesitant, I would. Jesus Christ said: “On this rock I build my Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it,” establishing authority, the shepherd. So, for over 2,000 years, through persecution after persecution, martyrdom after martyrdom and yes, scandal after scandal, the gates of hell have not prevailed.
Our Blessed Mother, Mary, the Mother of Jesus, predicted the current status of the pope at Fatima over 80 years ago when she said if we do not correct our ways there will be another war and the pope will have much to suffer. World War II, the shooting of Pope John Paul II, and the current persecution followed. The Catholic Church stands alone as a bulwark for the truth in faith and morals. Le Monde accuses the Church of being archaic. They would lead us down the path of the secular relativists that is leading the world, as they did other once great governments, into perdition. There is no need to “bring the Church up to date.” Truth is always modem. In time, the current persecutors of the church will turn to dust and the Catholic Church will be still serving those with the courage to endure.
Ray Manuel , Walla Walla, Wash.
The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary’s third title, “The Descent of the Holy Spirit,” seems to be to be glided over; too frequently, nonchalantly.
The famous image of the “flaming tongues” over the minds of the Apostles and our Blessed Mother Mary does discrepant equity to depicting their “burning hearts” – similar to the Biblical account of the Road to Emmaus – “inside us,” according to the Apostles.
Whereas the emotion in feelings are sparked by one’s thoughts and activated by the confident investment upon these thoughts, the Apostles’ overflowing ambitious drive to proclaim the Lord’s magnificent words and works were created by filled, “flaming hearts,” fixated on this fire of love in their hearts from the gift of the Holy Spirit’s descent upon them. Something – one – motivating their ardent response that never failed to stay alive in them.
Does it seem long past time to any others also to have an additional work of art that portrays the routine impact of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles’ hearts?
For it is their hearts that drove them all to their end – their destiny.
Maryann Wignes, Spokane
From a column e-mail of Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister I have become aware of a violent situation of soldiers raping thousands of women of the other side as tactics of war. I guess this has been done in histories of wars. I would like to ask prayers from all for those who have suffered, including the children conceived.
May we also remember all those of gay and lesbian orientation who are suffering rejection.
I think all the above should be prayed for often.
Anne Schultheis, Colton, Wash.
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