Opinion From Herald columnists and readers
For American Catholics, October is Respect Life Month, and this year’s theme is “Christ Our Hope: In Every Season of Life.”
In his letter introducing this theme, Archbishop Joseph Naumann, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, suggests that although attacks against human life seem to be growing more numerous and more callous by the day, “through our Christian hope in the Resurrection, we are given the grace to persevere in faith.”
Our community lost a beautiful man and priest last month with the passing of Msgr. Don Dunn. Among so many life accomplishments, one of his most important may have been the founding of Catholic Charities of Central Colorado in 1968. The stated focus at the time was child welfare.
Every once in a decade or so, a book comes into our lives that could seem to be inspired of God, that puts forth an urgent plea to the reader, something that reads like a letter to a spouse contemplating a separation or divorce. “Wait”, the grieving spouse pleads, “I want to open my heart to you. Please listen; don’t leave me.”
It’s the beginning of the holiday season — Halloween, All Saints Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas — and then a brand New Year. Whether we love it or tread lightly through these next few months they are here and it’s the perfect time for us to stop and give thanks for our many blessings.
A soft-spoken, gentle man born in Orleans, France, in 1607, Isaac Jogues entered the Society of Jesus in 1624, was ordained, and served at the university in Rouen as a professor of literature. He was sent as a Jesuit missionary to Canada in 1636, where he joyfully brought the Gospel to Native Americans, sailing up the St. Lawrence River to the city of Quebec.
As I compose these words, I am preparing to leave for Rome, where I will attend the canonization Mass for John Henry Newman, and then for Oxford, where I will give a paper on Newman’s thought in regard to evangelization.
I was a sophomore in college when I received the little blue book, a gift from a friend who also wanted to be a writer. At the time I was editing the student newspaper, poring over buried leads and dangling modifiers.
During a recent Catholic conference, I saw a Scripture quote on a poster that read: “Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence . . . ” (1 Peter 3:15-16).
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