Look to Church for moral guidance


To the Editor:
I would like to say thank you for the Year of Faith profile in the April 25 Catholic Messenger. It was interesting to read about Father Peter Hai Dinh, as well as see his words translated in his native language (Vietnamese). One thing in particular struck me that he said.  When asked about how faith impacts the decisions he makes, Fr. Dinh replied that first of all he takes time to pray, asking God for wisdom and strength. What struck me most, however, was the second thing he said: “Besides praying, I also look into the Catholic Church’s teachings as guidance to make a decision, so that I may not go on the wrong path.”
Speaking from personal experience, I know that this is vital in making the correct moral decisions. In an age when we are told almost constantly, even from other Catholics, that we can make our decisions based on our own consciences, Fr. Dinh’s words are so important to hear.  Our consciences can lead us down the wrong path, especially if formed by current culture.
The question Catholics need to be asking is the one I ask myself, along with Fr. Dinh: “What does the Catholic Church say?”
Michelle Snyder

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