What of Lent?

03-27-2016Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Now that the Lenten Fast has turned into the Easter Feast we might want to ask ourselves how productive was our Lent? Some of us may be looking back and wondering what difference it all made if any. Did it have any effect? What was the point of all that penance and "giving things up"? It may seem like little growth was had or we just didn't get the Easter infusion of spirituality and grace. Did we make spiritual progress or just go through the motions?

The point of our Lenten practices, particularly fasting was to discipline the body so as to assert the primacy of the spiritual. Now that we have done that, we need to tend to the interior effects of fasting and see if it has helped us overcome the corrosive vices that settle quietly in the soul.

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Religion & Government

03-20-2016Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

We are gearing up for our first ever-formal course on Religion and Politics sponsored by the ASU Center for Political Thought and Leadership and co-sponsored by the University of Mary. (You can register for the class through our website). This is a great chance to clear up any confusion you might have about the relationship between religion and government and also to learn some effective ways to discuss this perennially important and often divisive issue.

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Little Sisters of the Poor

03-13-2016Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

The US Supreme Court will soon hear oral arguments in the case Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell. The Sisters are requesting exemption from the contraceptive mandate (which is not a law passed by Congress but a regulation concocted by unelected bureaucrats) that requires some health insurance plans to provide no-cost birth control. I say some health insurance plans because the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has exempted one out of three health insurance plans from the contraceptive mandate. These include, Houses of Worship, Pepsi, Exxon, Chevron and many other large corporations as well as the US Military. Even though HHS is perfectly fine with making no provision for no-cost birth control for all the tens of thousands of women who have exempted plans somehow making sure a few hundred women on the Little Sisters Health Insurance get no-cost birth control is of the highest importance and magnitude to the national interest. An interest so compelling that HHS is hoping to sterilize the ministry of the Little Sisters of the Poor at the Supreme Court.

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Beyond Thunderdome

03-06-2016Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Time counts and keeps countin', and we knows now finding the trick of what's been and lost ain't no easy ride. But that's our trek, we gotta' travel it. And there ain't nobody knows where it's gonna' lead. Still in all, every night we does the tell, so that we 'member who we was and where we came from...
—Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome

In an unrecognizable land the people are preparing to elect a Dear Leader. Among the many choices are Vladimir Lenin, a charmless Eva Peron and Henry VIII.

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