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Say, Did You Notice?

As a pastor of a large parish, I receive a lot of mail. Every day, hundreds of letters, magazines, notices, etc., arrive at my desk. Generally, I peruse the correspondence and make a decision about what is interesting, important and necessary to read and what will be placed in the circular file.

Well, let me tell you what happened when I picked up the Fall 2006 edition of CUA Magazine. I began reading Father O'Connell’s article on “A Father’s Final Lesson” and was so touched by his message — its beauty, its simplicity and its Salesian approach to life, i.e. “to live each day to the full.”

After reading this opening article, I looked over the other sections of the magazine and I couldn’t put it down! The stories about the alumni were beautifully written and very inspiring.

To answer the question, “Say, Did You Notice...?” [which was the headline of the editorial on Page 3], I definitely did notice the changes in the magazine and I encourage you to keep up the excellent work.

Because of achievements like this, I continue to be encouraged with my alma mater’s direction and pledge the support of our parish. Keep up the excellent work!

Rev. William Walsh, O.S.F.S.
Ph.D. 1980
Kitty Hawk, N.C.

Many thanks for printing Father O’Connell’s meditation on his dad’s passing — it was brief, poignant and profound. And your redesigned format and layout are stunning — a prize-winning eye-opener.

Marco Gnerro
Ph.D. 1971

CUA Memories

Whenever I receive CUA Magazine, many good memories come to mind. Like old times, I feel like I’m back at CUA. I was fascinated to read in the Fall 2006 issue of the largest freshman class ever enrolled at the university, hailing from 22 countries. Maybe one of the countries represented includes this distant land of mine!

I was fortunate to rediscover CUA a few years ago (on a second visit) as an old man. Naturally, there was no familiar face. But the Shrine, engineering school, Gibbons Hall, etc., were instant memories after about four decades! The cherry blossom trees around the Shrine (planted sometime in 1963) gave a flutter when I went by!

Bravo on the fine magazine!

Mel P. Oommen
M.C.E. 1963
Tiruvalla, Kerala, India

Editor’s note: Mr. Oommen will be happy to know that we have 19 students from India currently studying at CUA.

Making a New Start

I enjoyed the article “Changing Courses” on second careers [in the Fall 2006 issue]. I have recently started a new career at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Virginia Beach, Va., after completing my Master of Pastoral Studies degree at Loyola University, New Orleans. My entire thesis was based on Ministry of Presence in everyday life — how we do not have to work in the church to minister to others.

God does have a sense of humor. I wasn’t quite finished with my thesis when St. Nicholas offered me a position as its minister of justice and peace. I originally said no, because I was happy with my marketplace ministry. I am very happy I reconsidered. It’s true that God calls us throughout our life to use our charisms, but we have to be open to exploring new possibilities and to discover gifts we may not have realized. I have only been in my new position since March, but am planning to stay until my 70th birthday (11 more years). It’s great to feel needed and fulfilled.

Mary Ann Menoche
B.A. 1970

Tyndale and the Inquisition

Sister Anne M. O’Donnell’s critical edition of the Protestant Reformer William Tyndale’s books (see Page 9 of the Fall 2006 issue) certainly deserves praise, as all genuine scholarly work does. I was, however, disappointed to see the Inquisition painted in sinister terms, and the judicial execution of Tyndale described as “murder.” According to the mentality of the age in which Tyndale and Thomas More lived, and according to a right exercised at that time by the Catholic state over its professedly Christian citizens, a society was justified in ridding itself of would-be reformers who were judged to be public nuisances and dangerous heretics. An English translation of the Bible, however noble, is worth nothing compared to the salvation of a single soul through its adherence to apostolic truth.

Catholics have a duty to learn more about what was really at stake in the Reformation (and pre-Reformation) debates, so that they can participate with critical intelligence, not just with warm sentiments, in the ecumenical movement of our age.

Peter A. Kwasniewski
Ph.D. 2003
Assistant Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Theology
Wyoming Catholic College
Lander, Wyo.

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