Letters to Editor

Who wants to write to the Editor, don Livio Tonello, for a spiritual advise or simply to ask for prayers, can use our email associazione@santodeimiracoli.org.

  • I frequently attend the parish and I have a warm relationship of friendship with my priest; I consider him to be a sensible person and a good spiritual guide. Yet, when we follow Mass and come to the sermon... I must be very forbearing. Is it possible that a sermon must always be so long and so far from our daily living? At times I feel tempted to lift up my hand and say: “alright, that’s enough for today”, but I realise that it would be a silly thing to do. There is not a great difference in the other nearby parishes... But is it so difficult to offer the Word of God with simple careful thoughts, that are above all connected to the problems of our daily lives, rather than lots of big theological words whose meaning is difficult to understand?
    L. B.
  • I  was  in  a  friend’s  home the  other  day  and  their  son and  his  fiancée  were  telling us  about  their  friends’  wedding which they had been to a few days before. The father asked if the priest had celebrated  a  lovely  wedding, to which I was tempted to say  that,  in  reality,  the wedding  is  celebrated by the couple every day. My friend was somewhat taken aback, and he was even  more  so  when  the young couple said that the priest  had  said  the  same thing  during  his  sermon  at that  Mass.  We  talked  a  lot about  the  question  than  finally  we  clarified  the  point, but  then  I  began  to  reflex: maybe many marriages are a failure just because we have not  understood  that,  that sacrament is something serious  and  must  be  put  into practice every day?

  • My 16 year-old daughter spends the greatest part of her time sending messages and videos with her friends. At times I am forced to confiscate her mobile for a few hours, otherwise, she wouldn’t even get down to preparing homework for the next day. Personally I use my mobile very little and even less so the computer. I understand that they are important means, but I am tempted to think that they are sucking out our children’s souls. For example, the other day there was a beautiful sunny afternoon, and although I gave her a thousand good reasons for going out to enjoy it, she preferred to spend the time lying on the couch, closed up in our small flat, chatting. I don’t believe that all of these  means  strengthen friendships  among  the young! Whenever she wants to say something to her friend, even something intimate, she does it through messages, avoiding, at all costs, physical contact, even that of a simple telephone call. I really find it difficult to understand all of this.
    P. Z.

  • I happened to hear a priest say that originally Mass was always sung. Is this true? I would like to know “the history of Mass” and ask you: is it possible that it can change in the formula of the readings and symbols, in the near future?
    F. B.