October traditionally has been known as Respect Life Month. This entails having a seamless garment” approach to life that encompasses the womb to the tomb. While we place an emphasis on the rights of the unborn we also put our effort toward ensuring that our young people have the necessary education and economic wherewithal to raise a family. Respecting life also has to do with ensuring our elderly population are taken care of with proper benefits that will sustain them in their later years. Respecting life means providing refugees with a decent path to citizenship instead of denigrating them for wanting a better way of life. These are just a few of the issues that demonstrate respect for life. I hope you take part in our various sessions on immigration and the clergy sexual abuse issue that are taking place this month.
Next weekend (Oct. 12th and 13th) at all the masses we will be celebrating the sacrament of the sick. This is for those who are seriously ill, about ready to undergo surgery, debilitated by age, or suffering mental illness. If possible, please provide transportation for those who need it. May the Lord’s merciful love heal us all.