“May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.”
When was the last time you counted your blessings? Was it on Thanksgiving? Christmas? This past week during hiking and kayaking, I asked those participating to take a moment and think about how God has blessed you in your life. I invite you to do the same. Take a moment and think about all the blessings God has bestowed upon you. From the sunshine that hits your face to your family and friendships and so forth… God abundantly blesses us in so many ways!
Speaking about blessings, a major blessing to our diocese was Bishop Pilla. This past Tuesday, Bishop Malesic celebrated his funeral. Please go onto our diocesan website, watch the funeral and pray for his soul. Fr. Ed Estok gave a powerful homily on his life. Whenever Bishop Pilla would talk at the seminary, he always mentioned the same phrase to us: “love the people.” There was nothing more important for him than to love the people of God. Thank you, Bishop, for keeping us focused on love!
Another blessing to ponder is the blessing of life. As we enter the month of October, we enter Respect Life Month. Remember that you are invited to pray the Rosary for Life at the Upper Driveway on Manchester Rd. at 12:00pm this Sunday—Respect Life Sunday. Bishop Malesic wrote a wonderful letter on respecting life you can find in the news section of our diocesan website. Here are a few words from it: “All human life is precious, fragile and given directly to us as a gift by God. As such, we are brothers and sisters in our human family, made in the image and likeness of God. We are all called to live out our responsibility to care for, protect and defend the lives of our brothers and sisters.”
Indeed, life is a blessing. Let’s make it our goal to remind people of the awesome gift of life and how blessed we are to be a part of it!
May God’s joy and peace be with you,
Ps. Check out the awesome blessing of our Kindergartners after Mass last Friday!