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November 30, 2009
WCR Letters to the Editor
Love others in spite of our differences
How ironic that in the Nov. 9 edition,Ron Rolheiser's column is flanked by an acerbiceditorial on one side and causticletters to the editor on the other.
While I do not agree with the points of view put forth in the editorial or the letters, I deeply appreciate the reminder from Ron Rolheiser's column of our mission as followers of Jesus to "not love just your own kind or someone who reciprocates. Embrace in love as widely as God embraces in love."
I find it a great scandal that we as Christians can stand with an accusatory finger pointing at each other, claiming to know the absolute truth.
My years of living with men and women with an intellectual disability, people of differing ages, abilities, nationalities and faith understanding has softened my heart and mind to see each of us is loved by God in spite of our theological and philosophical differences.
Perhaps the greatest challenge we face today is to stop speaking and to start listening to each other.
I need to listen and reflect upon the experience and faith journey of community members and to try and understand, in some small way, why they speak and act in the way they do.
If, by God's grace I can listen closely enough, even if I disagree with their point of view, I may discover my own need for transformation and to see that my own point of view is limited.
We are being challenged as never before to learn how to welcome and live with differences in our Church community, the community in which we live, in the community of the world. Jesus reminds us how to do this: "Love the Lord your God with your whole heart and mind and love your neighbour as yourself."
Native spirituality brought people to the Catholic faith
Re:"Ancestral sins said to haunt us today" (WCR, Oct. 19).
It is important that there is a response to the above-mentioned article as much of the information given is incorrect even though it is quoted directly as the opinion of an individual.
We wish to provide the readers and editorial staff with accurate information especially as it applies to the First Peoples of Canada (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI)) and how it is portrayed in the article. Many FNMI people respect, practise and celebrate their Catholic faith.
Their native spirituality is not New Age nor is it occult but is the spirit that people bring to their Catholic faith.
The Edmonton Catholic School District is so committed to the success of all its children including FNMI children that the board of trustees has made their success a priority. The board knows that the success of FNMI children is based on instilling pride in who they are, their culture and traditions.
Their culture and traditions are gifts to all in the district and reflect the principles and values by which ECSD operate. In fact, ECSD celebrates many diverse cultures through its language programs reflecting the diversity of people who practise the Catholic faith.
Education and our Catholic faith are important and we are disappointed to read about misguided and uninformed opinions that will only serve to increase the division between our FNMI children and the mainstream society.
We are disappointed to read Ms. Noonan's comments about "powwows, dream catchers and other weird objects" and the implied occult practices of Asian cultures.
While we respect the different opinions of others we need to ensure that accurate information is given to your readers.
Elizabeth Letendre Lafferty
Council of Elders
Edmonton Catholic School District
Native people died the martyrs' death too
I was interested to read about the list of Canadian saints and others in the Sept. 7 edition of your newspaper. Very impressive, but most, I notice, apart from Kateri Tekakwitha, were white European missionaries.
When St. Jean de Brebeuf and St. Isaac Joques died as martyrs, there were native Hurons with them who had embraced the faith and were tortured, killed by the Iroquois.
Surely, there is a case to be made for these native people to also receive canonization as perhaps the Canadian Native Martyrs. I am sure this would be a great example to native people and a focus of prayer for them.
Prince George, B.C.
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