February 27, 2009

Letters to the Editor

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March for Life coverage very inspirational and appreciated, readers say

Thanks for your tremendous coverage of the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Photos from the event were very inspirational, especially those featuring Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein’s support and presence.

We need your continued strong presence in Catholic homes across the archdiocese as we speak out in support of life.

Again, many thanks, and may God richly bless your efforts.

- Steve and Donna Dlugosz, Indianapolis

Exercising our spiritual muscles by attending Sunday Mass keeps our faith strong

Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein recently wrote on the importance of attending Sunday Mass.

I have been thinking about this same issue in preparing to explain to a dear family member who did not grow up in the Catholic faith why I attend Sunday Mass.

For me, Sunday Mass is an opportunity to pray together to the God who loves us. Just being together strengthens our faith; we reinforce for each other the truths we share that lead to eternal life. It is also a chance to meet friends and form a larger family, and a chance to enjoy the music and the sermons.

At Mass, we receive Jesus’ body and blood, real food and real drink. If we are to survive in this world, we don’t eat only once or twice a year; we eat often. If we are to survive to reach eternal happiness with God in the world to come, we also need to eat often.

When we eat food, that food is transformed into our bodies. When we eat the spiritual food of Jesus’ body and blood, not only does Jesus become one with us but, more importantly, we become one with Jesus. We become his hands and feet and heart so that his redeeming love can be felt in our reaches of the world.

If you don’t use a muscle, you lose it. We need to exercise our spiritual muscles by attending Mass to keep our faith strong and to be ready to follow God’s will.

As we pray at Mass, may we grow together in love.

- Mike Walro, Madison

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