Letters: A Special Treasure

Thank you for the article about the work of Robert Lentz (“An Iconic Faith,” by Patricia Zapor, July 2014) with the wonderful photos by Lloyd Wolf. I was moved by the encounter when Lentz said he “had the good fortune of having a Roman Catholic friend in San Francisco, Daniel O’Connor. ... He became my friend, and dialoguing with him ... helped me to stretch my reality.” Is there any better description of what a pastoral life is about? And that has not only been how O’Connor impacted Robert Lentz but also many people O’Connor has encountered in his long rich life of service. Moreover, such dialogue has come with the lightness of O’Connor’s laugh, not taking himself too seriously while honoring the great significance of such friendship and dialogue, and helping others open their lives. The remembrance of their friendship is a special treasure within the larger gift of the article.                                        

Jim Laurie
Denver, Colorado

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