January 13, 2012

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New translation of Roman Missal helps us honor, praise and glorify Jesus

This is in response to the letter in the Dec. 16 issue of The Criterion, “At what cost—literally—is new translation of Roman Missal?”

I, too, find it hard to understand why “the spending of thousands of dollars to change a few words” was necessary.

But suddenly the Gospel of Matthew 26:6-13 came to mind: “Why this waste? … The money could have been given to the poor.” Indeed, there are so many needs “out there.” It only seems “just and right.”

But then read on. “The poor you have always with you, but you will not always have me.”

What is the cost to honor Jesus, to praise and glorify him? What is the mission of the Church? Is it to spread the Good News or take care of the poor?

Seems like the Scriptures are always new and, yes, “Good News.” I think Jesus is worth it!

- Norbert Schott | Roachdale


Let us pray for the right to life and for every baby who needs our protection

After watching yet another plea for the care of abandoned animals, I felt compelled to put in a word for our abandoned babies—namely, the tiny victims of abortion in our culture.

I love animals too, and believe they should be treated kindly.

However, when we are besieged by advertisements for animal care while there are abortion clinics everywhere, it shows the horrendously skewed values of our people.

We need the same type and amount of commercials for the right to life.

I wonder if any celebrity would have the courage to speak out in that fashion?

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of a baby. Let us all pray for Jesus our Savior, and for every baby who needs our protection.

- Rebecca Barnes | Indianapolis

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