So when was the last time you heard from Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone? Alright, maybe you call him by his newer name, Francesco (St. Francis, whose feast day is October 4). As you may remember, I was blessed to spend some time with him while I was on retreat in Assisi last month. If you aren’t familiar with him, you probably at least know his prayer that begins “Make me an instrument of peace….” Growing up at Holy Family Church (Stow) it was in second grade when I first heard the song “Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace.” I remember I was confused why I had to fight letting anyone see that it would always get me choked up. Perhaps the profound simplicity of Francesco’s words put to song, I somehow understood it even from my young heart…pray that I may live it even more so now. There are opportunities all around for us to be God’s instrument of peace. On September 23rd, we began our annual observance of the 40 Days for Life (through November 1st). These 40 Days for Life are a community-based campaign that takes a determined, peaceful approach to showing local communities the consequences of abortion in their own neighborhoods. God used 40-day periods to transform individuals, communities … and the entire world. From Noah in the flood, to Moses on the mountain, to the disciples after Christ’s Resurrection, it is clear that God sees the transformative value of His people accepting and meeting a 40-day challenge. LIFE CHAIN invites pro-life advocates in cities and towns across North America to stand on a designated local sidewalk and pray for 90 minutes, while holding peaceful pro-life signs. October is the month of the Rosary. Why not join together with Our Lady for life?
pace e bene! Fr. Bline
S. Francesco’s Letter to all the friars:
“Let the whole of mankind tremble, the whole world shake and the heavens exult, when Christ, the Son of the living God, is present on the Altar in the hands of a priest. O admirable heights and sublime lowliness! O sublime humility! O humble sublimity! That the Lord of the universe, God and the Son of God, so humbles Himself that for our salvation He hides Himself under the forms of bread! Look, brothers, at the humility of God and pour out your hearts before Him! Humble yourselves, as well, that you may be exalted by Him. Therefore, hold back nothing of yourselves for yourselves so that He Who gives Himself totally to you may receive you totally.”