Right to Life Month

Beloved Parish Family In Jesus Our Lord,

The big month of October takes in 2 very meaningful devotions.

1) The devotion to the Holy Rosary for us Catholics and some non- Catholics, gets much attention during this month of October. In addition to the usual daily prayer of the Rosary, many churches, holy places and prayer groups will include processions and special gatherings for the Rosary prayer. In our time there is a lot we need to pray for and the Rosary is the best prayer partner for sure. And so try to go out of your way a little bit and join in with the daily rosary and visit some of these extra rosary events.

You may know that in 1917 our Blessed Mother taught the 3 shepherd children a special prayer which She asked to be recited at the end of each decade. This prayer is called the Fatima Prayer and it goes like this –

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. The words of this prayer were given to us by Our Lady of Fatima.

2) Also the month of October is called Right to Life Month. This cause is strongly promoted by numerous groups of people including Christians and non- Christians. It is well accepted that all forms of life from the very moment of conception in the Mother’s womb until the final breath of any person of any age has a Right to Life. A support group called Right to Life of Northeast Ohio works over time to teach and provide materials to people of all ages about the mission to value life. The messages are very good and many do get it thanks be to God. Still, however there are many who do not get it and so the mission goes on so everyone can understand and make the difference.

In their newsletter the Right to Life group printed a quote from Pastor Niemoller which strongly encourages everyone to get involved in the campaign for life while we still can and before worse measures are upon us. If we cannot commit to the value of life for some, it can happen that there could be a life issue, some kind of life threat for many of us. All good people need to know what is right from wrong and they need to do the right thing for the mission of Right to Life.

The quote for the newsletter for September 25, 2014 is:

“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out —because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out —because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me —and there was no one lift to speak for me.”

The entire month of October is a good time for all of us to learn and speak out in defense of the life issues and it is a good time to pray the Holy Rosary for the intentions of a greater love and respect for life in all its stages.