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Welcome to the new year
I was inspired by Rev. Jeffrey Keyes’ articles
on the canon of the new Mass (Voice, Nov. 21 and Dec. 12).
I am glad the interfaith blood drive and the social justice e-mail group
mentioned in the bishop’s column (Voice, Dec. 12) were so successful.
I always appreciate Rev. John Roche’s columns about Jesus’
love for us and His desire that we love Him in return.
May Jesus’ new life at Christmas fill us with new life.
I was astonished by the naïve rationalization in the Walt Sears article
“Christian Stewardship principles echoed in ‘Occupy’
movement” (Forum, Jan. 9).
How does the immoral, slovenly and criminal behavior of the ‘Occupy’
crowd drive home a point about human dignity? How can one equate their
actions with the issue of humane working conditions when most of the baby-boomer
spoiled rabble that made up the ‘Occupy’ crowd have never
experienced anything even close to inhumane working conditions. I doubt
if most of them even know what it is to have callused hands.
What is “Christian” about able-bodied people spending most,
if not all, their lives living off the labor of others? The U.S. government
has already ruined countless lives, even generations of families, with
their so-called “war on poverty” that by all factual accounts
has done nothing to reduce poverty but has been quite obviously very socially
When the 13 colonies were still a part of England, Professor Alexander
Tyler wrote about the fall of the Athenian republic more than 2,000 years
previous to his time:
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It
can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves
money from the public treasure. From that moment on, the majority always
votes for the candidates promising the most money from the public treasury,
with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy
followed by a dictatorship.”
“The average age of the world’s great civilizations has been
200 years. These nations have progressed . . . from
bondage to spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to great courage, from
courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness,
from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy
to dependency, from dependency back to bondage.”
What is Christian about bondage, selfishness, complacency or the real
killer, apathy? Where are we in this sequence?
Aid victims of Arab Spring
After our celebrations are over, will we look at how the Christians in
Uganda and Egypt are doing under the dominance of the spring event in
the Arab countries?
Do we turn our backs on the victims of these events? Is there anything
we can do as good Christian men and women?
Help Casa Vincentia
It’s me again — the LIFE WALK nag. Please consider putting
a few dollars in an envelope and sending it to Casa Vincentia, 3210 62nd
Ave., Oakland 94605.
This is a residence for pregnant young women (some are homeless) who have
chosen to deliver their babies alive.
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