The Mail in November featured a response by Mary S. to the publisher’s column (September 2015) regarding the pope’s encyclical on the environment. I was taken aback with the ideological response. I cannot believe that she has even read the encyclical. I am in a discussion group that is studying it. Some in our group have advanced degrees in theology and psychology, degrees in philosophy, nursing, education, science, as well as other disciplines. I’m an engineer. We also have two former priests and sisters who work within our diocese.
We find it well-written and exceptionally researched, with 172 references noted. It also presents many ideas previously well- documented in other papal encyclicals in an easily understood language. This is Catholicism at its best, which unfortunately people like Mary S. have no inkling of. Her opinion reminds me of the Texas Tea Party I am surrounded by. I stand with Gandhi, who said, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians.”
—James H., TX
The fine article on eschatology (November 2015) referred to the “strange and perverse silence” on the subject of death. I write fiction for teenagers and published two twenty-book series that represent diverse cultures. Throughout the stories there are deaths by violence, accidents, illness, and more. All of the sad moments encourage spiritual consolation through each of the group’s respective faith outlets. God’s mercy and hope for salvation is always present.
The American Library Association honored the books. I just wanted you to know that the fires of faith and the reality of hope-filled outcomes are alive and well in the publishing world. May God bless you and your wondeful magazine.
—Anne S., CA