Prayer is the appropriate response

Re: “After rulings, it’s time to preach love, not fear” (Essay, July 14).

While I believe there are several false assumptions and generalizations in Melinda Selmys’ article, let’s focus on the crux of her message. Of course, as Catholic Christians — followers of Jesus Christ — we must love our LGBT neighbors, relatives, friends and even our enemies.

The question remains: What does love entail? As one who has loved (and continues, beyond death, to love) someone with same-sex attraction, I must rely on the teaching of Holy Mother Church. Clearly, I must maintain that succumbing to that attraction and acting on it is sinful and endangers one’s soul. Certainly, I cannot endorse blessing the sin through the Sacrament of Matrimony or marriage in any form, since that would confirm a couple in sin and, thus, endanger the souls of all witnesses as well.

Most of all, I must pray for my loved one, and for all who suffer from same-sex attraction and compulsion. In the same vein, I must now pray for our nation and our Church. Thanks be to God, he is beyond the limits of time and hears my prayer: Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven — especially those in most need of thy mercy. Amen.

J. Pantaleo,  Albrightsville, Pa.

Help with addictions

Re: “Curing a ‘cancer’ of the soul” (In Focus, July 14).

I read with both sadness and interest the article about problems and solutions of drug addiction. For your information, there is a wonderful international program for young people suffering from addiction called Community of the Cenacle. It was founded 30 years ago in Italy by a nun, Sister Elvira Petrozzi. Now there are communities all over the world. The two I know about are in St. Augustine, Fla., and Hanceville, Ala. It is a three- year commitment of community living centered on the Eucharist, prayer, work and counseling.

Bernadette Crawford, Jacksonville, Fla.

Thoughtful solution

Re: “A renewed mission” (In Focus, July 21).

Congratulations to Gerard V. Bradley and Russell Shaw on their article. It is about time someone recognize the problem and propose a solution. The insidious way in which anti-Catholic governments have infiltrated them and how they have been bought with offerings of subsidies is atrocious.

Mariacristina Von Feldt, Weston, Fla.

A matter of natural law

Re: “Court rulings defy logic, norms of constitutional law” (News Analysis, July 14).

In Genesis 2:24 we read, “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body.” Marriage proceeds from natural law, which is the Creator’s will for his creation.

Man is free to choose his own will. The consequences to his choices, however, are easily seen in the daily newspapers and TV coverage.

Marriage is a beautiful reflection of the love of God for his creatures. This mutual love is self-giving and self-sacrificing, open to the blessing of new life in accord with nature and respectful of the physical and spiritual dignity of the beloved.

“Love one another as I have loved you.” This simple sentence says everything. Let us follow the path that leads to eternal happiness. True love makes this possible, making our burdens lighter and our joys sweeter.

Sister Mary Paula Beierschmitt, I.H.M., Philadelphia, Pa.

Make WYD accessible

Re: “U.S. dioceses concoct ways to celebrate World Youth Day” (News Analysis, July 7).

Why have World Youth Day in foreign countries only? Why not on the diocesan level, where all youths can participate, since many cannot go to such gatherings due to poverty. I could not participate in CYO, Children of Mary, etc., due to lack of money.

Seems only the elite can afford to go places and take part in spiritual and social gatherings. The poor are always left behind.

Gabrielle DeMoras, Lewiston, Maine

Seek peace

Re: “Who is my neighbor?” (Editorial, July 28).

After the Amish-school mass killings, the victims’ families went to the killer’s home that very evening to forgive the killer’s family (the Amish, like all true Christians, believe the Lord’s words, “forgive our trespasses [sins] as we forgive those who trespass [sin] against us.” We all must forgive in order for God to forgive us. The Amish felt they had to forgive before the sun went down on their anger the day of the killings.

Ed Smetana, Arlington Heights, Ill.

Too much detail

Re: “No good man left” (Catholic Journal, May 19).

I take exception to Robert Lockwood’s column.

He went to great length to describe in detail the behavior of a Carnegie Mellon University student’s indecent, insulting, offensive, depraved performance in the name of art. He called her act “silly” when it was far beyond silly. He made sure to repeat all the details of her behavior a second time. Those details are not befitting a Catholic periodical.

I like to pass along good Catholic reading to family members, but this issue will go in the trash can.

Nancy Baker, Bath, N.Y.