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Letters 10-16-13

Peace? We Should Leave Other Nations Alone!

Hi Ya Mr. Hicswa,
How are ya,

You asked for my suggestion for Peace. Here it is, just follow the suggestions of those who started this great Nation. Here is a quote from a great man. The quote held true then and more so today.

“I am for free commerce with all nations, political connection with none, and little or no diplomatic establishment. And I am not for linking ourselves by new treaties with the quarrels of Europe, entering that field of slaughter to preserve their balance, or joining in the confederacy of Kings to war against the principles of liberty.”

–Thomas Jefferson to Elbridge Gerry, 1799. ME 10:77

In other words we should mind our own business and leave other Nations  alone.

 

The Real Message of Pope Francis

Re: article “Media Politics and The Pope” in PE 10/2/13

If the Catholic League for religious and Civil Rights wants to be the “whistle-blower” for papal coverage, then they should be more careful.

The Pope didn’t just say “A good Catholic meddles in politics.”  He continued, “so that those who govern can govern . . .  Let us pray for our leaders, that they might govern well, that they might advance our homeland, might lead our nation and even our world forward, for the sake of peace and of the common good,”

The emphasis is on “the common good” – the central message of Jesus.

The Pope didn’t just use the word “lax” for priests, he also used the word “severe”.  Plus, he added that the teachings be “always accompanied by God’s love and patience”, adding “Do not panic – the good God awaits us. … We must always keep in mind the word ‘accompany’ – let us be traveling companions.”

Yes, we are all against abortion, but the Pope grouped together unborn children, the aged and the poor as among the most vulnerable people whom Christians are called especially to love.

Included in whom the Pope calls us to love, he said, “We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods,” the pope said in the interview, noting that he had been “reprimanded” for failing to speak often about those topics. “It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”

“The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent,” the pope added. “The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.”

Most importantly, Pope Francis said,  “We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.”

Let us love one another. Let us find ways to love one another. And, let our meddling in politics be those ways through which our God shines His light.

Marilyn Wikiera Jose

Sources:
http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/the-vatican/detail/articolo/27882/;
http://visnews-en.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-pope-to-priests-of-rome-always-stay.html;
http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1303991.htm;

 

Prayers & Cards Needed For Tommy Thomas

Dear Editor,

I just wanted Tommy Thomas’ fans to know that Tommy has been sick for awhile and that his cancer is in pre-remission, but I am still requesting cards of encouragement and prayers for him. He has colon cancer that spread to his liver. He has been ill for 2 years but was not diagnosed until May 2013. The chemo seems to be working but he is depressed and hopes to come back playing sometime next year! He has played music and taught dancing for 42 years and has not been able to play since December 2012. Thank you in advance!

Stephanie Thomas, wife of band leader Tommy Thomas
3210 Honeysuckle Lane
Middle River, MD 21220
443-969-4361