April 2015: The Mail
I always enjoy reading Fr. Bruce Lewandowski’s “Plain Talk” column in Liguorian. His contribution in the December 2014 issue [on how Jesus teaches that we can be salvation for each other] was exceptionally thought-provoking. I am sharing it with my Bible study and St. Theresa Guild at church. Both groups are always looking for small ways to make a difference, and this article showed this beautifully and brilliantly!—Marlene O., NC
It was with great interest that I read the article about Ferguson (February 2015). I would like to tell you a little about my youth….Despite attending a mixed high school, I never saw any indication of bigotry or discrimination. The neighborhood I traveled in to get to the movie theater was predominantly black, never a problem. In fact, in my senior year we voted as a class to not take our class trip to Washington, D.C., because the hotels were still segregated, and our black classmates would have been housed in a separate hotel.
As for the Michael Brown situation, I agree completely that the police overreacted; and indeed jobs are part of the [overall] problem, but only a part. All facets of society have to bear some responsibility—from the media to the fashion industry. We all want respect, and we all deserve respect. And that pertains to blacks as well as whites. God has created us all in his image.—Mary S., IL
The article on the shooting of Michael Brown (February 2015) goes into detail about the aftermath of the shooting. It’s unfortunate that the story omits the facts of what actually happened when the police officer shot the young man—a six-foot-five, 300-pound 18-year-old….[Before the shooting], Brown was seen on a surveillance video…robbing a store and [shoving] the clerk on his way out the door. Why do we continually agonize over the death of this thug, who clearly also threatened the life of the police officer?—John E., FL
I truly enjoy reading your articles and even commentary. It has been good food for my spiritual stomach. Thank God for all your hard work and dedication to share the word of our Lord.—John B., KS