From the Pastor’s Desk
Saint Paul, in writing to the Christian community at Thessalonika in northern Greece, put it best and succinctly: “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thes 5:17). Although praying 24 hours a day, 7 days a week may not happen in our busy life styles, Saint Benedict (+ c. 543 A.D.), the father of Western Monasticism, in his Rule offered this concise and iconic summation: Ora et Labora (“Prayer and Work”). The work we do, especially when it is done for the common good and others, can become an extension of formal prayer.
Next Sunday, the Holy League, which originated in Western Europe in the late 16th century, especially under the patronage of Pope St. Pius V, is sponsoring a prayer-event called Rosary Coast-to-Coast. The hope is that in parishes going around the borders and coasts of our nation, as well as at other sites throughout the USA, that the Holy Rosary will be prayer simultaneously beginning at 4:00 p.m. (ET). The Rosary will be prayed asking our Blessed Mother’s intercession (1) against the wiles of Satan, (2) a true commitment on our part to our faith and fully practicing it as well and (3) lifting up the sacredness of life. Please consider joining together – and inviting others – as a community of faith in this effort.
As well, the month of October is Respect Life Month is our nation. The U.S. Bishops encourage all of us to become more aware during this month of the sacred nature of human life created in “the image and likeness of God” (cf. Gen 1:27). The theme for this year’s observance is “Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent.” I would encourage you to learn more by going to www.usccb.org/respectlife.