Our Readers Respond-October 10, 2012

Life issue has vast priority
With regard to your editorial of 9/12 wherein you deplore the lack of charity of those who penalize Church and private charities for providing help to immigrants, you state your belief that this is as much of an assault on religious freedom as the abortion/contraception mandate of the Obama administration.

Yes, both are an assault on our religious freedom, but I fear the coupling of these two issues, 1) Denying help to those in need (whether immigrants or others) and 2) denying babies the right to be born (the ultimate lack of charity). One issue has vast priority over the other.  

Even people bearing crosses (all of us) have been given the Gift of Life. Aborted babies, for all we know, will wallow in nothingness for eternity. One side protects the unborn, another side tolerates denying human beings the opportunity to live, love and yes, bear crosses.  

Let’s not blow it this year. Once the babies are protected, we can, with extra energy (having done what God will bless) serve to lighten the crosses our fellow human beings bear — those fortunate enough to enjoy the Gift of Life.
Ann Schaedler

The silence; a quiet, unspoken reverence; a welcoming from God greeting you moments after you drive through the gates on the impeccable grounds, that’s what I found amidst this treasure called “Inisfada” (Gaelic for Long Island), St. Ignatius Retreat House in Manhasset.

Not only was I privileged to work at St. Ignatius Retreat House under the directorship of both Jesuit Father Joseph Costantino and Don Holden, as the Sunday for Singles Coordinator, I also attended many retreats and programs at beautiful Inisfada and had the wonderful experience of having Deacon Tom Evrard (the new administrator at St. Ignatius) as one of our guest speakers!

Since hearing of its closing, I’ve been rather speechless. I can only pray for God’s will to be done and for the continued utilization of this most precious gift from Nicholas and Genevieve Brady. The Bradys provided a place (their home) to carry St. Ignatius’ message to those who are thirsty and weary on life’s journey. I am one of those broken travelers who found a respite there, along with a healing salve that’s pretty much indescribable. Bits of my brokenness where somehow restored after my time spent there and talking and sharing with a dedicated staff to include Father Damian Halligan, Father Bill Walsh, Deacon George Reich, Sister Jane Lyons, Sister Karen Doyle, Julie Byrnes, Chris Capone, Zia Hassan, Carmela Bergman, Terri Lyons, Anita Guariglia and countless others who helped change the course of my life.

For those who know the beauty of St. Ignatius Retreat House let us pray for it to be safeguarded; let us pray for it to continue to be a beacon of light and hope to those who are in dire need of God’s healing touch; in some way, let it remain as the very jewel it was meant to be to help change the lives of those who seek Him.  Thank you to all those who worked or volunteered there and who helped me along my journey; my life will be forever changed thanks to “Inisfada.”
Patricia Masi

Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi was in Queens the other day and spoke about the importance of voting. She was imprisoned and persecuted in her nation of Myanmar for her quest for her people for democracy. She said, “You must vote. You must use your democratic rights. Otherwise, they will fade away.”

Kyi is absolutely right. I hope my fellow Americans will listen up and go out and vote. We are so lucky to live in a free county that gives us a say on how we are governed, although this came with great personal sacrifice to acquire these freedoms. Decisions  made by our government concern all of us. By voting we have a say in those decisions by electing those who represents us. By not voting we have no say nor a reason to complain about how we are represented. Remember this: Evil thrives when good people do nothing. So go out and vote, for every vote counts for good government.
Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks Village

There should be …
Dare say:
If there is no God, there should be.
If there is no soul nor heaven or hell, there should be.
If there is no wisdom in human traditions, there should be.
If there is no conscience to guide us, there should be.
If there is no right or wrong, there should be.
If there are no restraints, there should be.
If there are no common bonds of peace among mankind, there should be.
If there is no philosophy bearing love and kindness, there should be.
If there is no search to find God within, base instincts will prevail.
Charles Fisenne