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Letter to the editor, Feb. 3

February 6th, 2012 Posted in Letters Tags: ,


Praying after TD better than prancing

Much more admirable, it is, to watch Tim Tebow drop to one knee, bow his head and give thanks to God, than it is to look at boring, prancing me, me, me chest thumpers.

When scoffers ask if God really cares whether this newcomer NFL quarterback in Denver scores a touchdown or not, it doesn’t matter. The world of the National Football League would benefit immensely with a few more Tim Tebows.

The story goes there was once a gentleman who inquired of Lou Holtz, head football coach at Notre Dame in the 1980s, why it was that so many folks bothered every Saturday to fervently pray to God for a Notre Dame victory.

Like the Tebow critics of today, the man was seeking Lou’s take on whether God really cared.

The coach explained he wouldn’t know whether God cared if Notre Dame won or lost the game. “But,” he added, “his mother would.”

Jimmy Gambacorta

New Castle

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Letters to the Editor, Dec. 9


Brandywine College was a private school
In Father Stanley J. Russell’s jubilarian biography in the Nov. 11 issue of The Dialog, it stated that Brandywine college was a community college.
Brandywine College was a private college started in 1965 by myself and one other person. It received no federal, state or county money; it was funded by private funds.
Father Russell and Father Daniel W. Gerres did an excellent job as the chaplain for the students.
Bernard J. Daney
Thanks to bishop
We thank you again, Bishop Malooly, for taking time from your busy schedule to support and be witness in Rehoboth at the 26th Charismatic Conference and to celebrate Mass, also for the joyful time we had in praising Jesus in song, prayer and Eucharist.
We pray that you are given the spiritual wisdom and strength to go forth and serve our diocese.
Mauro J. Bucci
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Letters to the Editor

October 28th, 2011 Posted in Letters, Opinion Tags: ,


Willing to make donation for paper

I’ve noticed that the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is offered for sale in the local churches at $1 each.  While this may pose a hardship to some who desire the latest Catholic news, I do think that there are people like myself who would be willing to pay $1 for the privilege of continuing this prize-winning newspaper.

Maybe a free will donation box at each church would further help offset the production costs of this fine newspaper.  Not knowing the actual financial situation of the Dialog, I thought that I’d pass this on as a possible suggestion to ensure it’s continued publication.

Thanks for the great job that you do.

Leon J. Gratkowski



Thanks for medal

I’m writing to express our thanks to Bishop Malooly, the Diocese of Wilmington, St. Jude the Apostle Church, its pastor, Father James D. Hreha and the people of St. Jude.

Margaret and I were honored by receiving the diocese’s Medal of Merit Oct. 16. We were so overwhelmed with joy and gratitude when told that we were to be so honored. We want to say that this honor was only deserved with the help of all the people of ministry in our parish with whom we have worked and who also deserve this honor.

James C. Cranwell



Message of Fatima is continuing

Thank you for the wonderful promotion of devotion to our Blessed Mother the Oct. 14 Dialog. This is a great month to reflect on her ongoing concern for us and the fact that the message of Fatima is not over.

Pope Benedict XVI at the esplanade of the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, May 13, 2010, made the statement that “we would be mistaken to think that Fatima’s prophetic mission is complete” and renewed the appeal to listen to our Blessed Mother.  He ended his homily with “May the seven years which separate us from the centenary of the apparitions hasten the fulfillment of the prophecy of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to the glory of the Most Holy Trinity.

• Oct. 13, 2010, 33 miners are rescued from the depths;

• Oct. 13, 1917, is the anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima at which time the Blessed Mother appeared as Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Our Lady of Mount Carmel is patroness of Chile;

• Oct. 13 is the feast day of St. Edward the Confessor, before whose tomb the pope and archbishop prayed the previous September.

The appeal of Pope Benedict XVI at Fatima in 2010 seems a repeat of a similar appeal of another Pope Benedict in May of 1917 when he prayed to the Blessed Virgin Mary to intercede for peace in the world. A week later she first appeared at Fatima with the peace plan from heaven.

Joanne Laird



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