Letters To the Editor
Published: October 14, 2010
To the Editor:
On Oct. 2 we attended the wedding anniversary Mass celebrated by Archbishop Gregory honoring couples who have been married 50 or 60 years. The entire Mass was beautiful, highlighted by an inspiring homily by Archbishop Gregory, renewal of our marriage vows and an amazing choir. The whole experience was very moving and will remain in our memories always. We thank the archbishop and all who helped make this day so wonderful, and we hope that this tradition will continue to inspire and bless other couples for many years to come.
Sal and Pat Muccillo
To the Editor:
Thank you for your recent obituary of Sister Margaret Thomasine Grady, SND (The Georgia Bulletin, Sept. 16). I had the privilege to know Sister Margaret Thomasine for a relatively short period of 38 years.
Sister Margaret Thomasine was my language arts and religion teacher at St. Thomas More for two years. Together with my parents, she prepared me to take that step where I became an adult in the Catholic Church. And because of her training and the example of God’s love that she was to me, I remain a practicing Catholic some 30 years later.
But Sister Margaret Thomasine was more than just a teacher. She was a friend. She was present, beaming a smile as only she could, when I was awarded the Catholic Scout Award (the Ad Altare Dei). And though I had graduated from St. Thomas More, she was present at the Court of Honor where I was awarded my Eagle Scout.
While as her student, I thought of her as a strict disciplinarian, today I am grateful to have been one of her favorites.
Sister Margaret Thomasine will be sadly missed. I pray for the repose of her soul because I am Catholic and that is what we do. But I know she doesn’t need the prayers. She went straight into Heaven.
Richard Pettys Jr.
To those of us who view Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to England in historical context, it will stand as one of the most remarkable events in our lifetimes.
Less than 500 years ago, Catholic priests and laity were drawn and quartered in England. This past Sept. 16, Queen Elizabeth II welcomed the pope in a castle in Scotland and Prime Minister David Cameron honored the pope in a beautiful farewell address at the airport on the 19th.
What a stunning turnaround!
On another happy note, by her personal welcome of the pope, the queen tacitly rebuked aggressive secularists who would marginalize religion and its moral values. Her greeting was an implicit reminder that Christianity was foundational in building the English nation and that it would continue to be a constituent part of mainstream English life.
Father George P. Carlin, SOLT
To the Editor:
I know of a young man, Protestant, who is investigating the teachings of the Catholic Church. After studying information on our faith and belief in the Eucharist—that it is the body, blood, soul and divinity of our Lord, Jesus Christ—he had only one question about our people: “If it’s really Jesus they’re receiving, why don’t they even act changed?”
Good question. One we should all ponder.