FROM THE POST OFFICE
Pope Francis is Not a Liberal, Reader Asserts
I'm having a great time watching liberals fall all over themselves thinking Pope Francis is a liberal, which he definitely is not….Imagine the silence of the media liberals when the Pope finally announces that abortion is evil. Homosexuality and same-sex marriage are evil. The adoption of little children by homosexuals and lesbians is evil. As for the washing of the feet in prison - did you see his FACE after he washed their feet? He was looking at Jesus. It was like Mother Teresa when she said that the poor were Jesus....."When you did this to the least, you did it to Me." That's what the Pope was doing. Everyone knows there will never be women priests, however maybe some of those prisoners will convert to God and stop leading a troubled existence. Who knows how God will work in their lives. Perhaps the Pope figured they needed him more than those of us who already know Truth. Like the story of the prodigal son, let's not be like the older brother.
S.M. Orlando, FL
In Memoriam: Remembering Kevin J. Connolly
“A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he who finds one finds a treasure. A faithful friend is beyond price, no sum can balance his words. A faithful friend is a life-saving remedy, such as he who fears God finds. For he who fears God behaves accordingly and his friend is like himself.”
On April 5th Les Femmes lost a good friend. Kevin Connolly was a pro-life warrior. I first met him when I was pro-life chairman at St. Louis parish in Alexandria. He worked unflaggingly to defend the unborn whether we were collecting signatures on a petition, organizing the bus for the March for Life, fundraising for crisis pregnancy centers, praying and sidewalk counseling at abortion mills, or witnessing one on one.
When some friends and I began Les Femmes, Kevin was an enthusiastic supporter helping collate, fold, label and prepare the newsletter for mailing. If we organized an activity, he was there with his bigger than life Irish grin and his self-deprecating sense of humor.
Around election time we often argued about the incremental strategy. Kevin insisted it was better to vote for the candidate who would do the least harm rather than vote for a 100% pro-life third party candidate who had no realistic chance of winning. Kevin insisted we had a better chance of even flawed legislation with the major party candidate. “If we can save even one baby by doing that,” he would say, “We have to do it!” I can still hear his passionate defense of the babies. We didn’t always agree, but we always respected each other.
When I moved out to Woodstock we saw each other infrequently - for lunch a few times when I was back in Alexandria and once when he visited our new home in Woodstock for a weekend, but he often called me after the newsletter came out to praise an article and tell me what a great writer he thought I was. He was my biggest booster!
In the last few years Kevin suffered several strokes as his health declined, but his son says he never lost that Irish sense of humor that brought so much joy to any gathering of which he was a part. You’ll be sorely missed, Kevin, and we depend on your prayers. Thinking of you set me searching for an Irish saying and I think this one sums up my feelings well, "The best looking-glass is the eyes of a friend." Thanks for being a faithful friend, Kevin. May I prove as good a one praying for you in death as you were encouraging me in life.
Mary Ann Kreitzer