The first week of October is Respect Life Sunday. Human life is a sacred gift from God and is worthy of our protection. I continue to be impressed by the work of the Holy Spirit in and through the 40 Days for Life movement. The nearest prayer sites are on Auburn Avenue in Cincinnati and Stroop Road in Kettering/Dayton. Even if we cannot travel to those sites to pray and give witness, we can join the work of the Spirit by fasting or setting aside time each day for prayer wherever we are. You can even sign up to receive daily reflections via e-mail by visiting www.40daysforlife.com.
I will be on retreat Monday through Friday of this week. The scandals within the Church continue to sadden and weigh on my heart. In this short time away I look to our Lord to renew me by his love for me, to renew me by his love for his Body, his Bride, the Church.
I will return Friday night to celebrate marriage with a reception for engaged couples and newlyweds of our pastoral region who have been invited to come together at the Fenmont that evening. We want to support them in living marriage well and in preparing for marriage – and, hopefully, to see the joy of other young couples who are on the same walk, the same vocation.
October 13 is a busy day. A Rosary Rally marking the miracle of the sun at Fatima, Portugal will begin at noon in St. Julie’s parking lot across from Marcum Park. Sacred Heart in Fairfield will be holding a women’s day of reflection for a fifth year. St. Peter in Chains parish will have a rummage sale on their grounds that morning and early afternoon.
With God all things are possible; in God we trust.