Fr. John's Letter Archives

Enjoy re-reading Fr. John's weekly bulletin letters for the past year.

Atheism with air-conditioning and digital TV

05-27-2012Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Catholics need to wake up from the illusion that the America we now live in – not the America of our nostalgia or imagination or best ideals, but the real America we live in here and now – is somehow friendly to our faith. What we’re watching emerge in this country is a new kind of paganism, an atheism with air-conditioning and digital TV. And it is neither tolerant nor morally neutral. — Archbishop Charles Chaput

“For Greater Glory”, a film about the Cristeros resistance to the anti-Catholic government of Mexico in the 1920’s will be in theaters soon. The film is both a glimpse into Mexico’s past with its attempt to secularize the country but also a look ahead at things to come in the USA. The collision between the Church and State over issues like the HHS Mandate as well as a redefinition of marriage implies wreckage for both Church and Civil society. I hope this timely and providential film will give us pause to consider where we stand and how far we are willing to be pushed.


Call the markets and bankers to greater accountability

05-20-2012Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Recently it was reported that JPMorgan-Chase lost $US 2billion in its bond trading. We hear that number and think, “That’s a lot of money to lose”. But how big is it really? We hear these numbers all the time: a million, a billion, a trillion and frankly they are too large to really wrap our heads around. So it may help if we have some reference points.

If we calculate each of these numbers in seconds we might get a better idea of how big is big. So a million seconds is 12 days; a billion seconds is 32yrs; and a trillion seconds is 32,000 years. None of us has a trillion seconds to waste. Another way to look at it is if we calculate how much time it would take to reach one million, one billion and one trillion dollars if we were making $50,000 a year. At the rate of $50,000 it would take 20years to earn a million dollars, it would take 20,000 years to make a billion and it would take a measly 20million years to make a trillion dollars.

This recklessness that seems more and more to permeate our financial markets and government waste doesn’t happen because markets or governments are inherently bad but because of human failure, greed and a self-centered pursuit of wealth.