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09-25-2016Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

As soon as a child learns to crawl a parent puts up boundaries: gates, fences that lead to the stairs, the plugs in electrical outlets and the stops on kitchen cabinets where the cleaning supplies are kept. And on it goes up the ladder as the child grows. Boundaries, or as I like to call them walls, are erected to help a child learn the consequences of his or her behavior. The goal of course is for a child to eventually internalize why an action is good or bad, helpful or harmful. We pay pretty frantic attention to putting up walls for things that could harm a child physically but we are doing a poor job putting up walls that prevent harm to a child morally and spiritually.

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Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed

09-18-2016Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon
Going to the candidates' debate
Laugh about it, Shout about it
When you've got to choose Every way you look at it you lose

“Mrs. Robinson” by Simon and Garfunkel

When it comes to this year’s Presidential election also known as Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, whichever candidate wins, be it The Ego or Lady Macbeth every way I look at it we lose. Both are dangerous but not for the same reasons nor for reasons you might think.

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Sept 11: A Response to Terror: Bathtubs & Shopping

09-11-2016Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

After 9/11 one of my thoughts was that we would become like Israel: a country on high alert at all time, small scale terrorist attacks here and there and security measures that permanently disrupt routine living. But my real fear was that we would become used to it. And so we have 15yrs post 9/11.

Whenever I hear of another terrorist attack whether at home or abroad my thoughts go out to the families of the potential victims. When 9/11 touched us here and when we learned that Gary Bird might have been in one of the towers a frantic search ensued to find out if he was one of the survivors or not. Calls to hospitals, law enforcement, looking at published lists of those either identified as killed or hospitalized turned up nothing. After a few days the obvious had to be considered and then painfully accepted. So when the Night Club in Orlando or the Office in San Bernardino or anywhere else was hit I immediately knew that sinking feeling of dread that the friends and family would have as they frantically tried to find out if their loved one was there and whether they were a survivor or a murdered victim.

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Words of Wisdom

09-04-2016Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

On this day when Blessed Teresa of Calcutta is canonized we should remember some of the spiritual wisdom she taught us. So for this Sunday let us just pause and savor the joy of the moment and remember how much one person in the name of Christ can challenge the world and spread love on every continent. (Next week I’ll write about the political landscape but you’ll need to be buoyed by hope to hear my take on things. So memorize a few of these wonderful words from Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta!)

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