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  • Jane Jimenez

    Thank you for your review. In the 60’s, an agnostic secularist, I looked down on all faiths as holding to territorial beliefs while promoting hostility to rival beliefs. Today, after a long journey with many twists and turns, I am Catholic. Early in my journey, I met some Lutheran sisters whose order began in Germany after WWII and whose ministry was founded on repentance for what Germans and Christians had done to the Jewish people. As a fledgling Christian, (1980) I was also excited to learn that ecumenicism was a thrust in Christianity. Yesterday, visiting a Tucson monastery, I finally came upon a copy of Nostre Aetate. I’ve read it several times. A saint I revere is Fr. Maximillian Kolbe. His bio points to his charity to all his fellow prisoners of all faiths in Auschwitz. Strong in his faith, he never pushed Christ on anyone. The power of Nostre Aetate is in its tight language. Any heart open to its message needs no “pile of words” to cloud Paul VI’s wisdom.