Letters to the Editor – Jan. 25, 2024


Year of the Dragon 2024

Year has come from a forest so deep

A friend of all humanmankind

With scales like precious gold


In a world so fine


He moves with a gentle and graceful might

And with a fiery breath in sight

He will share his wealth and genuine grace

To all with a happy face


A mythical beast in his own realm

Who can set his soul on fire

With confidence, power, resolution and high esteem

Welcome Year of the Dragon


Happy New Year

And thank God for the many blessings

(Michael Chan is a member of St. Wenceslaus Parish in Iowa City.)


Prayer of the faithful
To the Editor:

It’s my observation that petition prayers at Sunday Masses are too general. They are sort of glittering generalities, designed to sound good that offend no one. It wasn’t always that way. Years ago when I served Mass as an altar boy, I remember at the end of every “low” Mass we prayed for the conversion of Russia.

As Christians, we should publicly pray to the Almighty for a just and peaceful solution to both the Ukraine-Russia war as well as the conflict in Gaza.  Innocent non-combatants are in need of our prayers.  We ask God for provision of adequate food, water and shelter.  

We need to pray for a just and Christian solution for all immigrants at our border seeking a better life for themselves and their families.  

We also need to pray for acceptance of our gay brothers and sisters who are in same-sex unions.

Larry d’Autremont

(Editor’s note: Many parishes in the Diocese of Davenport pray for a just and peaceful resolution to the Russia-Ukraine war and the Israel-Gaza war.)

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