These messages from Father Chet are his original writing and reflect his thoughts, insights and wisdom. While there may be some edits for clarity and/or intention, his meaning remains intact — and timeless.

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The Origin of Open Door

In December of 1968, Father Chet received a gift of several hundred dollars and was faced with the decision of what to do with the money.  At the time, he was pastor of Holy Comforter Parish in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Father had long mailed the Parish Bulletin and other material to interested people, and he thought it might be a beneficial use of the monetary gift to begin sending  a bulletin covering a “variety of topics which might be of interest and of help in solving the problems, questions, and difficulties facing many of us today.”

This was the beginning of the Open Door – a series of pamphlets addressing spiritual, theological, and psychological topics he thought would be of help to others.  The project would continue for over forty years. Letter from January 1969

Evils in Our Present Day of Life

Father Chet, May 1, 1969

In a recent article in the magazine, Crosscurrents, Michael Novak says: “The enemy in America (today) is the tyrannical and indifferent majority (of our fellow American citizens) – the good people, the churchgoers, the typical Americans, the ones who have been taught that to be an American is by that very fact to be moral, just, free, generous, and trustworthy.”

Such a statement merits consideration. Continue reading