The Plan of God

04-24-2016Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Sister Act II: Back in the Habit…

As you already know five Sisters from the Servants of the Plan of God will establish a permanent mission here at Mt. Carmel. The community is thriving and felt called to open up a mission in the US. The Cardinal-Archbishop of Peru (where the Sisters are headquartered) told them to look at Boston and Phoenix for some reason. They visited both places and many parishes including 5 parishes in our Diocese and chose Mt. Carmel. The Bishop asked me how I got them to agree to come to Mr. Carmel and all I could say was that Donald Trump is not the only one who knows how to make a deal! (Actually I know full well that it was God's doing).

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The Joy of Love

04-17-2016Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Lately we priests hear things like, "I know Pope Francis is changing things, therefore can I do such and such or is such and such still a sin?" Of course when we tell them that yes it is still a sin and no Pope Francis did not change that, we usually get told how unlike Pope Francis we are, namely lacking compassion. But compassion does not mean becoming a partner in crime with some one's bad choices or lifestyle. Mercy and truth are connected and it is profoundly unloving to tell someone what they are doing is right when it is clearly wrong.

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An Explosive Easter

04-10-2016Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

On Easter Sunday a Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up at a playground in Pakistan killing many of the children and their mothers. He did it because they were celebrating Easter and with full knowledge that the victims would be children and their mothers. Think of that: what kind of monster targets a playground? When we execute a war or a battle we have serious rules of engagement and we even debated in our country whether something like waterboarding was too extreme even for a captured terrorist.

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The Tallest Pole in the Tent

04-03-2016Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

The former Rita Rizzo has died. No she wasn't an old girlfriend of mine. You would know her better as Mother Angelica, the Foundress of the Eternal World Television Network (EWTN). All things considered Mother Angelica was nothing more than typical of her ilk, namely Foundresses and heads of communities of women religious. That company would include: Mother Cabrini, Mother Katherine Drexel, Mother Marianne Cope, Mother Teresa, Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton to mention a few. In other words Mother Angelica was one of the tallest poles in the tent.

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