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September Brings a Rush of Spiritual Adrenalin

Here we are already into the first days of September and the Labor Day break. School has begun for our young and so do our religious education programs for the young and the adults. When I look at what this month has in store for us, I feel a rush of spiritual adrenalin. We began by celebrating our third straight fully-manned “First Friday/First Saturday 24 Hours of Eucharistic Adoration.” I extend a big thank you to the 70 people (so far) that have committed to being a part of this spiritual exercise. Please consider joining in this most intimate of means to honor and communicate with Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. For any given 24-hour Adoration period, two people are required for every hour (ideally 48 people). These first three First Friday/First Saturday Adoration periods have required that several extremely and spiritually generous parishioners have committed to two, three and even four hours each to ensure that two-person minimum was met. I appeal to all prishioners who are able to please give serious, prayerful thought to participating in this Adoration. I promise you; you will be the benficiary. Build a team of your own—family, neighbors and friends.

This Sunday, September 4th, we can all prayerfully celebrate the canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta to her Sainthood. If you stayed abreast of the life and amazing accomplishments of this ever-so-humble woman, you could not help but be impressed and inspired by her words and her work. Although she embraced a life of poverty for herself and the ladies of the religious order she established (the Sisters of Charity), she was highly successful inaccomplishing the order’s goal and charism of serving the poorest of the poor.

I turn quite frequently to the myriad poignant quotes this simple woman uttered because she was brilliant at identifying and drawing public attention to the ever-escalating spiritual blindness of whole nations, politcial leaders and every-day citizens, like you and me. In her honor, I would like to share a few of her comments on our country’s apathy towards the intrinsically evil law that permits abortion.

“America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe vs. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father’s role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts—a child—as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters. And, in granting this unconscionable power, it has exposed many women to unjust and selfish demands from their husbands or other sexual partners. Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being’s entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be declared to be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign.” — Wall Street Jounral, 2/25/94, p. A14

“What is taking place in America is a war against the child. And if we accept that the mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another.”—National Prayer Breakfast, 2/1997, with the President and First Lady in attendance.

“Abortion kills twice. It kills the body of the baby, and it kills the conscience of the mother. Abortion is profoundly anti-women. Three-quarters of its victims are women: half the babies and all of the mothers. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use violence to ge what they want. That is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion. Any country that accepts abortion is the poorest of the poor.”

October is Respect Life Month nationwide with October 2nd being Respect Life Sunday when we will prayerfully invoke the intercession of Our Lady. However, every day we all need to pray for the end to abortion in our country. Can you believe it has been 43 years since abortion was legalized? So I ask you to prayerfully consider your national election vote and be mindful that one of the presidential candidates has taken the arrogantly immoral stance of bragging about and praising abortion as a great gift that has been secured for American women, and that an “unborn person” does not have any Constitutional rights or protection. Plan now to vote adn above all, to vote with a well-formed conscience.

Two weeks from now, we will have our Time and Talent Fair, gathering immediately after each of the three Masses. I would appeal to all ministries to call Ken McEachern and offer your assistance in organizing and setting up the Ministry Fair in Haryasz Hall. As I’m sure you are aware, we are growing by leaps and bounds and with that growth I am fervently praying that volunteers will come forward to populate our many ministries. As we all know, many hands make light work of any endeavor. So again, I ask you to please prayerfully discern where it is that you might contribute your much needed talents. Our respect Life Ministry is in dire need of new leadership as our tireless and devoted long-time leaders, Helen Conniff and Dan Siecker, have had to cut back due to health issues.

St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

God love you,

fr denis