Holy Hour key to priestly holiness

There has been much written in recent times about priests who have gone wrong. Their number is very small, but the secular media loves to tell about this.

I have been a priest many years, and I would like to make a suggestion. Priests get in trouble because they drift away from Christ. I urge them to make a daily Holy Hour, as Bishop Fulton Sheen did and told others to do.

I discovered the priesthood when I started making a daily Holy Hour. If one does so he cannot wander far from Christ. A Holy Hour brings us closer to Christ, and that is everything. A Holy Hour is a great comfort. I go into a Holy Hour upset and come out at peace.

A Holy Hour teaches us how to pray and that sitting there saying nothing is prayer. A Holy Hour teaches us to put all things in God's hands.

-- Father Rawley Myers, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Double standard?

Our Sunday Visitor has criticized Notre Dame for awarding an honorary degree to President Obama ("ND controversy as flashpoint for broader debate," May 10), but has overlooked a similar yet far graver incident that occurred last year.

On June 25, 2008, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Austria awarded papal knighthood in the Pontifical Order of St. Gregory the Great to Renate Brauner, the deputy mayor of Vienna. Ms. Brauner is an outspoken pro-abortion politician.

President Obama's honorary doctorate is not an official Church honor, but Brauner was conferred one of the Church's highest honors by a distinguished cardinal. Instead of protesting the award, OSV was silent.

Is OSV arbitrarily applying one set of moral norms for American politicians and university presidents and another for European politicians and Catholic prelates?

-- Bill Chappell, Montgomery, Ala.

Memories of monks

I just read Greg Erlandson's column "Monk 'Shrooms" (Spectator, May 17). I was so glad to learn that the monks of Mepkin Abbey in South Carolina had recovered after PETA had destroyed their egg-producing business.

My husband, I and our children were stationed at Charleston Air Force Base in the 1960s. Several times our altar society ladies would go up to the abbey for Mass. It is such a beautiful, peaceful spot. The monks' mushroom business sounds wonderful. God bless them and their labors.

-- Joan Beranek, Panama City, Fla.

Scientists' thinking

I would like to respond to the article "Can science Prove the Existence of God?" (In Focus, May 10). I am not arguing against the author's premise that the arguments of St. Thomas are valid; rather, I think there is a lack of understanding of the thinking of scientists. The scientist as a scientist is not looking for causes outside the physical ones. The outside causes are in the field of philosophy. Michael Heller backs this up in his book "Creative Tension." It is only in the rationality of his thinking, rather than the science as such, that would lead the scientist to see the need for the existence of God.

-- Evelyn Mazzucco, Des Plaines, Ill.

Bring it on

Your article on "Angels and Demons" ("Film revels in falsity that Church is anti-science," May 10), the film adaptation of a book by Dan Brown, is troubling, but look at it in another way: Attacks are continuing on the Church despite the fact so many in the true Church have now left, and many others are open to both contraception and abortion and clerical direction is at low tide.

Let us take come consolation in the fact one does not kick a dead horse.

Brown and others must be prayed for but will one day be a pimple in history, while the Catholic Church and its faith will be confessed by all.

-- Russell S. Pond, Nashua, N.H.

Council's effectiveness

Re "Catholic leaders to have voice on Obama's council" (News Analysis, May 3):

It is very misleading for obvious reasons, as they will not have a "voice" on the life issues unless they are willing to renounce or turn their heads on Catholic teaching.

Could you print the names and the bios of the other members of the White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships? Almost all are pro-abortion, while some are anti-Catholic. I do hope OSV will follow through and report on the progress of this council at least on a monthly basis.

-- Frank J. Petraglia, Marietta, Ga.

Older workers

I just finished reading the article by Cory Busse ("Discovering how grace works," April 26). He has one take on the unemployment situation. I guess I can sympathize with his suggestions. I have felt many of the same emotions and questions since being laid off last November.

But I am definitely at a different point than Cory. I am now 62, but I don't feel that it's time to retire. Besides, I still have enough bills that I really do need to keep working for a while.

One idea that I have been kicking around with people at the local unemployment center and with some people at our parish is that we currently live in a "human throwaway society." What I mean by that is that once people reach a certain age, we have a tendency as a society to throw them away.

Although I have read stories about senior citizens working with youth to share their experience and knowledge, when it comes to jobs, no company that I know of is willing to try something like a mentoring program to use people who have lots of experience to help the new generation just entering the workforce.

If we could have companies create a mentor position that would be at a much lower salary than traditional jobs (maybe not even include all of the usual benefits), many of us would gladly take this type of job that could benefit the company, our economy and the government (we would not need to draw retirement benefits as early).

Putting this in a Christian perspective, many cultures of old revered their older generations. We, in our consumerist society, have come to a point where we consider them burdens. Can we as Christians change the culture to see the precious treasure we have in our older generations? I believe that we could solve many of our economic problems if we made use of the talent that is sitting idle simply because our society considers them to be "too old, too expensive, and too much of a burden."

-- Bob Ulicki, Cupertino, Calif.