To the editor:
One letter cannot tell the story of a persons' faith, the way they live or the struggles they go through, just as one letter, or a thousand, can never define the church as useless or fearful.
There is suffering in this world, and to deny it doesn't place a heart of love where it is needed.
What are people dealing with? Twenty-three women who are living along are on the brink of poverty. There are 16 million children at risk of starvation, and countless numbers of Americans have left their homes.
Corporate greed? Does it touch the lives of the unborn as millions of dollars are made each year in destroying them? Companies are moving beyond our border to make larger profits. Does it exist because of the church?
What is life like for someone who has had the bottom drop out of their middle-class lifestyle? Has anyone taken the time to notice?
Where do you find the money for food? As you walk through the grocery store, meat prices are up 10 percent and milk prices are up 6 percent. Bread is $2 a loaf, and dairy products are higher in price than usual.
Fret over the rising prices of utilities? Get a turn-off notice in the middle of winter.
Keys to homes are handed over to the bank as mortgages can't be met. The families walk away. There are tears, suffering and pain. Are these trials?
Where do you go when there is one more bill to pay, one more bag of food needed or a coat to keep you warm at night? What do you do when you are ill or weary? You hand it up.
How do you make sense of the suffering? You take the time to watch the people of the church rolling up their sleeves and helping those who need one more hand, one caring heart or one-extra moment of comfort to let them take a breath.
They are there to console you when you grieve, and are the strongest voice for the unborn.
They give you warmth and light. Who is doing the deeds?
You notice the strong hands that hold down the lid on the boiling pot of darkness, and you understand the strength, the knowledge and the courage given is from God and his sacraments of the church.
This is the house of the lord that is segregated by a nation. They are pushed away and, yet, when there is suffering, they are thought of as the problem.
In the human experience, we are quick to blame and not accept that which helps us through the difficult times in life.
We are all brothers and sisters in Christ. Shouldn't we all stand together to fight the ills in this world instead of denying each others' beliefs or the church?