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Take a deep breath and pray
February 20th, 2017
By Mary Bordi

While reading the online letters column from the Feb. 6 issue, I thought for a minute that my connection had accidentally switched me to Facebook! The two letters excoriating CSF for publishing “all the pro-Trump articles” in the Jan. 26 edition are similar to the buzzword-filled memes that are still clogging my Facebook feed!

Our newly elected president had just been inaugurated. Isn’t that news? When I reread the two articles I saw that one contained “words of congratulations as well as caution” for the new president from political and religious leaders, and the other noted the reinstatement of the ban on U.S. tax money going to fund abortions in other countries. One writer found the articles “not in keeping with our Catholic Christian values nor ... in keeping with the teachings from our pope.” The other writer brought up the “doomsday clock,” which I don’t see mentioned in the Catechism of the Catholic Church or even on the Vatican website, though I suppose it could be a part of church teaching ... somewhere.

People need to take a deep breath and devote even more time to prayer. Attend adoration. Fast and do penance. Pray for your elected officials, your countrymen, your church. And be glad you can still express your opinion and that your local Catholic newspaper will print it! Before the election I was seriously beginning to worry those rights might be taken away!

Mary Bordi
La Honda

From February 23, 2017 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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