uncleeddy:

Dear Kristen,

Your last note edified me terrifically. An internship in the high-brow professional sector has a lot of perks, and frankly I thought you might be seduced by the glitz and chic posturing. Your deprecation of the rampant selfishness, superficiality, backbiting, gossip and…

uncleeddy:

Dear Birgitta,

As you say, following Christ is onerous indeed (that’s why so few people do it), especially in the middle of the summer when you have spent the last seven weeks giving in to your selfish desires for pleasure and comfort more and more. To follow Christ we must take up our cross…

uncleeddy:

Dear Max,

Feeling frazzled and overworked again? Stressed out? Can’t seem to manage your time well? Funny that that should start happening in the summer as well as during the school year. I am glad I received your note last night, since today’s saint has the antidote to your turmoil.

uncleeddy:

Dear Laurie,

Sometimes we think we have to do extraordinary things in order to become saints. We read about those monks and hermits who slept sitting on the edges of cliffs and fasted every day till sundown and disciplined their bodies so severely that just reading about it makes us grimace.

uncleeddy:

Dear Willy,

Your recent note was most disappointing. It reminded me how little I have done to extend our Lord’s Kingdom in the hearts of my nephews and nieces. Ah me! May the Lord have mercy on my soul! I refer to your positively juvenile complaint about not getting your prayers answered.

uncleeddy:

Dear Nigil,

I can picture you busily preparing your lessons, now that you have returned from your extended vacation (well earned, I might add, after your conscientiously laborious four years of college) and are getting ready to take up your first full time teaching position. I had a feeling…

uncleeddy:

Dear Pam,

Did you ever notice how cheap words are these days? So many words. An endless flow of words. Words, words, words… Millions of books, billboards, radio programs, television shows (hundreds of channels!), magazines by the thousand, newspapers with more text in one daily edition…

uncleeddy:

Dear Perry,

If you had lived under the persecutions of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, you would have had to pay for publicly acknowledging yourself as a Christian in the same way that today’s saints did: they got their heads cut off for it. Silence would have saved their skins, or…

uncleeddy:

Dear Candy,

My prayers for you are especially heartfelt today, the day on which the Church honors the religious Order of Our Lady of Mt Carmel. The Order was founded in Palestine (that’s where Mt Carmel is – the same mountain where the prophet Elijah took refuge back in the eighth century…

uncleeddy:

Dear Bonnie,

I am glad you decided to major in history. The ancients used to call history “magistra vitae” – the teacher of life. Indeed, an attentive study of past human endeavors can create a wonderfully mature and supple mind. Nevertheless, I feel it is my duty to warn you (before you…