Why anonymous letters?
I received another hateful anonymous letter last week. I wish that parishioners who have something to tell me would just look for the opportunity to do it in a more Christian way, just like the Gospel of last Sunday told us. Please talk to me in person, or at least sign your letters so that we may began a civilized dialog. There is nothing constructive about anonymous attacks; it is not what Jesus wants us to do.
What we need to do is find ways to come together to talk. That is what so many of us requested of Fr. Louis and the bishop, to help us trough some form of mediation, to come together to talk and reconcile. But, if they are not willing to do so, why can't we parishioners do it alone? Holy Spirit is our parish. Priests will come and go, but we will remain.
I would like to invite all of us to make an effort to meet and talk as children of the same God. We have differences as members of any family do, but we are acting like enemies, not even knowing what the others are doing. We need to bring out the truth so that we stop the misunderstandings, the mistrust and he hate.
This last letter is again full of unfounded accusations, resentment and slander. I really wonder what kind of ideas Fr. Louis has put in some people's minds to create this kind of unchristian behavior. That in itself shows what a poor pastor he is, instead of trying to keep the flock together, he does nothing to stop the division, on the contrary, he seems to enjoy it with hopes that those he doesn't like will go away.
A follower of Jesus, not of a priest
Ana L Hallman
PS: A fact that a man is ordained a priest or a bishop doesn't make him automatically a good priest or a true follower of Jesus. "By their fruits you will know them." Appearances deceive. "The floor of hell is paved with the skulls of bishops" St. Athanasius, Doctor of the Church and persecuted by the Church.
Also received this "wonderful" letter in reference to Mr. Edwin Rodriquez’s "Letter to the Editor" in The Monitor.
Peace be with all of you…
Hats off to you Mr. Rodriguez
BRAVO and Hats off to you Mr. Edwin Rodriquez for your letter on September 7, 2005! Not only does your opinion concur with the values and beliefs of ourselves and majority of Catholics at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, but probably most Catholics valleywide.
It is about time that we the majority stand up against these demagogues who decide to violate Catholic indoctrination and ideals to simply make statements for their own egos. When was it ever appropriate to enter a Catholic Church and not genuflect before the Tabernacle housing the Body and Blood of our Lord? How about staging protest against Fr. Louis Brum for placing a rose symbolizing the "Gift of Life" on the altar yet creating disturbances by placing grave markers in the front of the Church, like thieves in the night.
Every organization must adhere to regulations in order to achieve unity. The Sister Kenny group emulates the typical protest to Catholic Dogma that has occurred since our beginning with Jesus Christ. He Himself foresaw these tribulations stating "wolves in sheep clothing." The only difference regarding others church breakoffs were that their leaders ranged from ex-priests to accomplished business men . It is our understanding that Sister Kenny is a convicted felon.
But by far the most taunting image which has indelibly been stamped in our minds was arriving for Mass one Sunday to witness a protest service being held on the Church grounds led by the Ann Cass Gang which in my opinion, was a total act of ignominity. Utilizing your logic Ms. Cass, what next? A group of Pagans worshipping a golden calf as they did in Moses's day? Take heed folks, we saw the end result of their blasphemy.
In ending, just a little advice to the so called "5". We have witnessed your
personal crucifixion and castigation of our Bishop Reymundo Pena, Father Ruben Delgado, Fr. Brian VanHove and recently our beloved Fr. Louis Brum. Is this not a direct violation of the teachings of Christ, when he said, "Never castigate a Priest".
Only we, the parishioners can overcome the trials and tribulations at Holy Spirit by practicing what we preach, our Catholic faith and teachings not political agenda personal interpretation or the constant slandering of parish priests and diocesan leaders. We almost believe that if Christ Himself were to appear and was appointed pastor for an interim at Holy Spirit, even He may ask for reassignment.
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