Couples should be taught how to pray together

Re: “Not praying together is source of ‘spiritual infidelity’ for couples”(Family Matters, Sept. 27).

If the practice of praying together is not part of a Catholic couple’s life prior to marriage, and depending on the personalities involved, it might be unrealistic to “expect” this in one’s marriage. Perhaps how to pray with a significant other/spouse should be part of confraternity classes and pre-Cana so kids, teens and young adults are exposed to the idea early.

Most definitely what we expect from a mate should be discussed before marriage. If praying with family is that important, it should have come up long before marriage. Take it to God to begin with. God works on God’s timetable, not ours.

For some of us, prayer outside of Church or public events is private. Family prayer may be the blessing before dinner and holiday meals. Unfortunately, many of us when growing up did not pray the Rosary as a family. Since prayer is often about being vulnerable before God, perhaps discussing how to go about this as a couple would help a spouse who is concerned about being too open in prayer with others.

Teresa Briggs, via online comment

Honoring Father Bill

Re: “Priest, former addict lived on the periphery” (Vocations Section, Oct. 4).

Father Bill Kottenstette truly shared his experience, strength and hope. He spoke the truth with love. He helped me many times through a rough patch in my life. Not only was he kind and wise, but he was very smart, enthusiastic, full of the Spirit and eager to share. He was a great homilist. I moved away from Kirksville, Missouri, eight years ago, but I thought of him so many times, and listened to his homilies many times, as well. He was smart, clear, committed, loving, dedicated to his God and his church and his parishioners. He shocked a few with an occasional rough edge, but he was one of the best men I have ever known, and I am 67. I loved him, and Christ through him and his loving kindness. So glad to see this article.

Isabel Wister, via online comment

Pope’s visit

Re: “Letters to the Editor” (Perspectives, Oct. 11).

What I will remember most about Pope Francis’ visit is the difference between how he met dignitaries and how he met real people. Pope Francis’ face lit up in the presence of the vulnerable and the ordinary. Behind the smile was a recognition that Pope Francis saw the person before him as a child of God. He is amazing!

Sherry Tataren, via online comment

Applauding Grey Nuns

Re: “‘They may be outcasts; to us, they are lovely’” (Vocations Section, Oct. 4).

Many thanks to the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart and Sister Eileen White of this inspiring order, who is among those who are intimately and personally involved with Dawn’s Place in Philadelphia. Dawn’s Place follows the example of Jesus by assisting in both practical and spiritual ways women and young girls who have become entrapped by pimps into human trafficking. This sad reality is that women who are vulnerable, some young people who have left home, have been drawn unwillingly into a life of prostitution. I did on one occasion make a modest contribution to Dawn’s Place, and I’m very glad that I supported in a small way their terrific efforts to assist vulnerable women with education, employment opportunities, legal assistance and spiritual help. Sister Eileen and sisters from other orders at times simply listen and spend time with the women and girls.

Tim Donovan via online comment


Re: “Peace and prayer among the redwoods” (Faith, Oct. 4).

A headline regarding the monks who live at the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in California was incorrect. The monastery of Byzantine monks is part of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy, which is in union with Rome.

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