The Editor: Let me thank you for the excellent work you and your staff have done in publishing the Prairie Messenger. Your paper has meant “the world” to my wife and I for many years.
We retired to central B.C. in 2003 after 30 years in Yellowknife where we raised our family. The last 10 years in YK were spent in the employ of the Diocese of Mackenzie through which we were engaged primarily with the native people. We had a rich spiritual life there among an active Catholic community, engaging with the Oblates whose example of humility and simplicity and holiness is our inspiration.
Here in B.C., though, spiritual nourishment has been harder to find. The Prairie Messenger has been a major influence in keeping me on track and focused on what is important — and encouraged that there is a future for our church.
The articles by the columnists inspire deeper interiority and outward action in the community. The focus on social justice can be found nowhere else. The news of the global church and of Pope Francis is essential but hard to find elsewhere. I even read the editorials to see what you think about issues that trouble me.
I have bought subscriptions for Catholic friends who were giving up hope and needed to see that there was still much life in the church.
I’ll miss the PM greatly. Though there are online alternatives I suppose, I’m a read-and-think kind of person who digests it all while munching my cornflakes — and re-reading articles when I’m supposed to be lighting the morning fire.
I wish I could do something definitive to keep you publishing, but your losses of $200k a year are well beyond me. I would be willing to pay much more for a subscription, however.
I’ll just leave it by saying that, for my wife and I, your labours have been well worthwhile. We thank you, and we wish you many blessings in your life ahead. — Peter Hart, Canim Lake, B.C.
The Editor: Praying for members of ISIS and those drawn to its horrid ways presents a daunting challenge. To some it may seem foolhardy.
I think of the account of Saul of Tarsus going around zealously rounding up people in order to persecute and kill them all in the paranoid fear of what seemed to him and his companions to be horribly evil. We do not know if he actually killed anyone; but regardless of that, the man had blood on his hands.
We all know what happens afterward and how Christ uses him to help us find ourselves as sinners to face the truth that we all have blood on our hands.
Dorothy Day powerfuly pointed out that we all have the root of every sin in our souls. Her troubling and yet consoling words compel us to let Christ chisel out a place in our stony souls whereby a candle can be placed and lit for people whether they be persons in ISIS or members of respectable groups in society.
We don’t need to know where it will end; or how it will end. All we need to know is that we have a role however great or small. Come Holy Spirit. — Kevin Jozef Krofchek, Regina