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Letters to the Editor
(From the November 20, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)
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I have read Father Larson (“Liturgy Reflections”) on and off for years and have found much of what he has to say as redundant, particularly the article in the Oct. 16, 2014 Inland Register (“Liturgy and allegory”).
His usual criticism of the pre-Vatican II lay people’s lack of participation in the Mass is becoming quite dreary. How does he know how much these people were involved in the liturgy of the Mass? The way they took part in the Mass was their gift and Father Larson continues to be critical of that gift. One wouldn’t treat a child like that.
Just because we now, kind of, pray out loud, hold hands, wear shorts and flip-flops to Mass, we are now doing a better job of Mass participation?
Did the Father Larsons of pre-Vatican II days ever have classes, sermons, or get off their behinds and educate the people on how to have a better Mass experience or knowledge of Catholicism?
I hope the Father Larsons of the world will learn humility before they die and realize the gifts of the uneducated, pious, but unaware pre-Vatican II people were probably responsible for them being financed and supported in becoming priests, and that includes saying the rosary. You do realize, Father Larson, that the rosary is about the life of Christ, just as the Mass is?
Father Larson, have you ever really prayed the rosary?
Mel Schrempp, Spokane
Kelly Brown (in a Nov. 1 letter to the editor published in the Spokesman-Review, Spokane’s daily newspaper) says that the Hitching Post is wrong in standing up to the truth. From a moral standpoint, it doesn’t matter that gay people are now permitted to be married in Idaho. Roe vs. Wade legalized abortion on Jan. 22, 1973. That’s 41 (almost 42) years ago. It is legal according to the law of the land. We forget that God’s ways are not our ways, and that our ways are not God’s ways.
It is time to take a stand for righteousness, justice, holiness, and peace. After we get off our knees, it is time to say the truth: fornication (unless it is sex between a married couple, of one man and one woman) is a sin, and many people will go through the wide gate to damnation. Let us, as Christians, be thankful for the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, who are willing to speak up for the truth. May more people follow their lead. Remember, “Evil triumphs when good men and women say or do nothing.”
Don Kaufman, Spokane
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