Reading the follow-up of the Engstrom family, seeing their delightfully healthy James Fulton and being reminded of a mother’s post-delivery pleas to Fulton Sheen, I repeat the Gospel words of Jesus, “Woman, great is your faith.”
No doubt, the bond between the Venerable Sheen and the boy will be eternal. We look forward to periodic glimpses of his life’s course. (A child so miraculously saved must have a mighty purpose!) A visit to Rome for his patron’s canonization? Perhaps in vocation, shared priesthood with saintly Fulton J. Sheen? His mother’s heart may already have strong clues.
Re: “Special Blessings for special needs children” (In Focus, March 16).
I was thrilled with this article. Too many people do believe these children are so blessed that they do not need the blessed sacraments. We have a young man in our parish who is an absolute joy. He carries the cross in every Sunday, which was started by our deacon. He knows the entire Mass. He says the Lord’s Prayer, knows when to kneel and always says amen. When he kneels in prayer before Mass, his mother and I always say his prayers will be answered. I cannot imagine our parish without Dean.
— Vicki Justin, Mountain Grove, Mo.
Reform not needed
Re: “Politics delay passage of immigration reform” (News Analysis, March 30).
The vast majority of Americans have no problem welcoming legal immigrants to our country with open arms.
We do have a problem with people illegally entering the country or illegally overstaying their visas. It may be compassionate to give illegal aliens some form of legal standing to remain in the country, but people who contemptuously break the law to come here should never, ever be given citizenship and the right to vote, no matter how old they were when they arrived — period. It seems like the United States is the only country in the world that is somehow “evil” for enforcing its own immigration laws, and the bishops pushing for these “reforms” need to back off.
— Patrick Christle, New Haven, Ind.
Don’t mix sacraments
Re: “Lack of faith disturbing” (Catholic Journal, March 23).
I’ve followed Robert Lockwood’s Journal for some time and have always found him on the mark. The lack of faith is truly disturbing, and the cause of the lack of faith is the lack of instruction. On the one hand, the hierarchy declares the people to be lacking in knowledge of the Church, and on the other, reverts to the “restored order” of combining first Communion and confirmation in the very young.
Anyone who has taught the very young will know the difficulty of teaching the concepts needed for confirmation at this age; the combination of the sacraments has diminished the importance of both. Parents recognize this and generally prefer the practice of holy Communion — properly instructed — early, and confirmation — also properly instructed — at a later date.
— Dan Hogan, via email
Spread the truth
Re: March 23 issue.
First, the article “Awareness is critical to fight off temptation” is fantastic. There is much food for thought and helpful in understanding different types of temptations.
Second, “Firings easily justifiable” (Msgr. Owen Campion) is right on the money. How can you have people teaching/working in Catholic schools that don’t believe the truth? The purpose of Catholic school is to teach the truth and you need to demonstrate by action you believe the truth.
Third, “Priests must speak up” (Letters to the Editor) is so true. OSV gives us authentic info regarding marriage, contraception, abortion, etc. The people in the pews need to be taught (with great love). So many don’t even go to Mass, but the truth needs to get out there and be spread.
It would be nice to get more from the pulpit.
— Rita Misero, Coatesville, Pa.