September 29, 2019 – Thoughts by Rev Kev

As we move quickly from September to October our faith invites us to pray and celebrate together.

    October invites us to recognize the gift of the Rosary. The Rosary is Christocentric setting forth the entire life of Jesus Christ, the passion, death, resurrection and glory. Of course, the Rosary honors and contemplates Mary too, and rightly so, for the same reason that the Liturgical year does likewise: “Because of the mission she received from God, her life is most closely linked with the mysteries of Jesus Christ, and there is no one who has followed in the footsteps of the Incarnate Word more closely and with more merit that she ( 142 Mediator Dei). Meditation on this cycle of Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous Mysteries makes the Rosary not only “A breviary or summary of the Gospel and of Christian life,” (Ingravescentibus malis) but also a compendium of the Liturgical Year. 

    In the United States the Catholic Church in October also invites us to reflect and pray how we can all show Respect to All Life. Respect Life Month is the time where we devote time to praying and acting in defense of all human life,  especially those who are most vulnerable; preborn children and their parents, senior citizens nearing the end of life, prisoners on death row, individuals with disabilities, those suffering from violence and poverty, and more.

    Finally, like many saints who we will honor from the Archangels to the Little Flower, Saint Francis invites each of us to respect all life even in every animal that God has created.


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