The bishops of our nation will hold their regular, plenary meeting this week (November 12-14) in Baltimore, Maryland. In the wake of the sexual abuse scandal that plagues our Church, this gathering — along with the retreat Pope Francis has asked them to attend in early January 2019 — will be important for them. They have asked for our prayers. So, I humbly ask – even amid the confusion and emotions of the present time for our Church – please keep our bishops in your prayers. May the power of the Holy Spirit come upon them for strength, renewal and clarity to lead us forward.
Today and tomorrow our nation honors those who have served us in our naval and military forces. Veterans’ Day has become a day to give thanks for unselfish, sacrificial service for the greater good of our country and its important role in world affairs. A Vietnam veteran and fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus once wrote:
“They gave their lives for a country who believed that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. We can live our lives standing for these same principles.”
As citizens of so great a country as ours, each of us must ensure that these principles are practiced each day so that we can be one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all. As we celebrate Veterans’ Day and honor those who served, may we remember the high honor each of us has to respect these principles as we honor those who served our nation to uphold them in the face of war and terrorism.