Readers Speak Out: April 24, 2022

  • April 21, 2022

Pompous Peter

What is Peter Stockland afraid of? After reading his rather pompous and self-opinionated April 3 column, I was disappointed in his lack of knowledge and compassion.

I have the greatest admiration and gratitude for the expertise and unceasing giving of all our health providers. We are the fortunate ones. As many countries are struggling for basic needs, the virus has become more deadly. The judgment of Peter is sadly misplaced. Surely, he is one of the lucky ones in his Ivory Tower, hopefully fully vaccinated.

Joy Cotter,

Prince George, B.C.

Weighing risks

A hearty “Amen” to Peter Stockland’s April 3 column “Be Not Afraid.” Living in society presupposes acceptance of a certain degree of risk. A crisis situation, by its nature, calls for a re-evaluation of those risks but not a jettisoning of the thoughtful weighing process.

It seems the citizenry, for all the reasons outlined by Stockland, has abandoned critical thinking en masse, although one could argue that horse left the barn decades ago.

Either people do not understand the meaning of the word “endemic” or, if they do, have willingly chosen to wear a mask everywhere and forever. 

Luisa Martin,


The perfect saint

The perfect saint to petition for peace in Ukraine is Joan of Arc (1412-1431).

To her own astonishment, she was called by God to liberate France from foreign invasion. She was successful and is now a patron saint of soldiers.

Yet she never killed anyone, always showed kindness to the wounded on either side, and after victory said her main ambition was to go home and be with her mother.

Lise Anglin,


Timeless Mercy

Sunday, April 24 this year is Divine Mercy Sunday. The Divine Mercy message was given by Jesus Christ to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska and can be found in the Divine Mercy Diary by St. Faustina. 

The Divine Mercy Diary is a powerful and important book.  St. Faustina was canonized in the year 2000 by Pope John Paul II and declared the Apostle of Mercy for the whole world.  Divine Mercy is all about the love and mercy that God has for each of us.  Its message is timeless!  Deus Caritas Est, God Is Love!

Francisco Ruffolo,

Maple, Ont.

Light floods

The greatness of Christianity is also its greatest challenge. It is counter-intuitive. We are in this world but not of it.

Take that Easter morn: for the world the tomb represents death and darkness, and the outside life. Angels appear when the heavens are bursting with joy and intermingling with the Earth. When the angel rolls back the stone, the Good Friday darkness is flooded with the Light of the World.


Michael Dias,

Markham, Ont.

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