I have to give Archbishop Robert J. Carlson credit for writing another brilliant column in the St. Louis Review (Before the Cross, Feb. 16). When the Archbishop uses the spiritual analogy of comparing Lent with baseball, he is telling the faithful God wants us to follow Him.
Without proper conditioning, baseball players can't set records, let alone make the team roster. We Catholics revere the cross as our championship trophy over sin, and our entry into heaven.
A few days ago posted on the archdiocese's facebook page were pictures of people celebrating their Catholicism by holding up signs that read "¡Somos Católicos!" (We are Catholic!"). I also noticed comments directed against the post. As an 11-year-old Hispanic Catholic, I was saddened by these comments. Without services in languages other than English, those who speak other languages would be unable to express their faith and share with others the gift of God's message.
We are indeed blessed to have Pope Francis captain the ship of our Catholic faith. In a welcoming display of compassion and forgiveness, he has turned our ship into a joyous gathering of all the faithful, making special room for the needy and the disenfranchised. In so doing, he has shed light on our mission as Catholics: to truly love one another as God has loved us.
Msgr. Matthew Mitas' article, "Only laws from God indicate if something is right or wrong" (Nov. 10-16) is very timely. Our U.S. society is embracing secularism, denying the Creator and worshiping the created, redefining right and wrong, finding new rights that were not endowed by our Creator, and political correctness with zero tolerance. Natural Law is not acknowledged by some Bible-based Christian denominations. The Catholic Church is the last true beacon of the truth. Secularism redefines religious freedom into freedom to worship: worshipping your God inside your church building.
Maronite Chorbishop John D. Faris suggested ("Canon lawyer examines Catholic, Orthodox practices on divorce," page 4, Oct. 27-Nov. 2) that the Catholic Church could possibly deal with the question of divorced and remarried Catholics receiving Holy Communion by granting a dispensation in particular cases. Chorbishop Faris pointed out that a dispensation is "an administrative act" that does not affect the law "which retains its force." True, but what he did not point out is that the Church can only grant a dispensation for Church law, not Divine Law.