How can it be that October is already upon us!? May the cool of the autumn days soon be with us and the beauty of the changing earth remind us of the blessings of beauty that refuse to be disrupted by the human condition.
This week, three particular celebrations are on the church calendar and give us pause to pray and reflect:
- Oct 2, The Holy Guardian Angels – They remind us of God’s love, care, and protection for us and our invitation to do the same for one another in the name of the Lord.
- Oct 4, St Francis of Assisi – His simple life and prayer was, “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith, where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not seek so much to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.” Maybe we can all dedicate ourselves to this prayer, especially in this month.
- Oct 7, Our Lady of the Rosary – If you haven’t prayed the rosary in a while, dust it off and contemplate the joyful, sorrowful, glorious, and luminous mysteries of life that Mary reflected upon. These mysteries are part and parcel of all of our lives. Joining our prayers with Mary we might draw comfort, gain insight, and be strengthened in our daily life of faith.
Last week, the bulletin carried Archbishop Carlson’s letter about the invitation to support the collection that assists the program of training for the Permanent Diaconate. We are thrice blessed with Deacons Ray Kiely, Dave Dille and, most recently, Joe Daugherty. As we have been so blessed, may our support of this program allow such blessings to touch other parishes with deacons of faithful service and deep faith.
May Christ the King reign in our lives.