The scripture readings of the last two Sundays taught about the proper use of material wealth, which we call “stewardship.” Today we are being taught that one who believes in God will not be disappointed (cf. First Reading); can accomplish wonderful things (cf. Gospel); and can prevail over any adversity (cf. Second Reading). The content of our faith comes to us through the living Tradition of the Church, articulated by the teaching of the pope and bishops under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Our faith is nurtured by the proclamation of the word of God and the celebration of the sacraments. As members of the Church we have a duty to see these continue.
Please consider making a commitment to the Diocesan Annual Appeal. Through the ministries and apostolates supported by the Appeal, we have an opportunity to contribute to alleviating the sufferings of others by supporting the Church’s charitable works and relief services. We support Catholic education and evangelization, both at home and abroad, which bring the gospel of hope to young and old alike. We contribute to the formation of priests who will preach the gospel and celebrate the sacraments in our diocese and in mission lands, and the formation of the permanent deacons and pastoral ministers who collaborate with them. We support those who assist the diocesan bishop in the administration of the temporal goods of the Church, including the maintenance of our own diocesan Cathedral.
All of us are beneficiaries of the Church’s ministries and apostolates. With gratitude for what we have been given, and aware of our obligation to support our brothers and sisters, let us each consider carefully what we can give to the Diocesan Annual Appeal over the next nine months and make a pledge today. Thank you.
Today is Respect Life Sunday in the United States. There is no more fundamental, “inalienable,” God-given right than the right to life. Respect for human life entails defending the defenseless unborn, welcoming the stranger, working for social justice, comforting the suffering, strengthening families and consoling the dying, to mention just a few ways that we express fraternal charity for our fellow human beings.
This week we seem to be getting a reprieve from the heavy rains. Thank God! Monday’s newspaper reported on the effect the rains have had on roads and crops. In my home area of Richland, Crawford and Vernon counties it has been even worse with major flooding in Gays Mills and Soldiers Grove, and even loss of life. I knew the man who died when his truck and cattle trailer were caught in the flood. He was a parishioner of St. Mary Parish in Viroqua where I had been pastor and he had even attended my threshing event a few times. He was an usher and took holy communion to his homebound wife each Sunday. So sad for him and his family.
October is the month of the rosary. It is a great family prayer. Continue to pray the rosary this week for peace and for Christians in the Middle East suffering because of their faith. Pray for the needs of the victims of recent flooding in our area and state, and for the safety of all who are working on the cleanup and reconstruction. Let’s also pray for a greater respect for human life and dignity; for the legal protection of all life, from its beginning at conception and throughout its natural course; and for married couples and their families.
May God bless his people with peace.