Today, on Respect Life Sunday, we hear Jesus use the image of the mustard seed. The mustard seed is tiny – not much larger than a grain of sand – yet when planted and nurtured, it grows into a large, strong tree. It takes time, though. As we look around today, let us ponder how all of us were once the size of a mustard seed, but now, loved and nurtured, we have grown in body, soul, and spirit.
The month of October is annually observed by the Catholic Church in the United States as Respect Life Month. We are called to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end, and at every point in between. This year’s Respect Life theme is “Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent,” highlighting our call to build a culture of life as missionary disciples. In his first letter to the Corinthians, Saint Paul tells us, “As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. …If [one] part suffers, all the parts suffer with it” (1 Cor 12:12,26).
We are called and sent to be messengers of God’s love, treating one another as cherished and chosen by Him. In doing so, we help build a culture that respects all human life.
On October 4th we commemorated St. Francis of Assisi. The traditional blessing of animals will be this Sunday October 6th at noon. I will love to see you and your pets at the parking lot for a blessing.
Each year, in preparation for the Fall and Winter weather, we have our boiler company, Stanton Mechanical, come out to “prep” or clean out the boiler for the season. This is a costly, time-consuming job, but needs to be done to keep the boiler running properly. Scale (hard water deposits) builds up in the boiler over the year and needs to be cleaned out, the old water drained, and the boiler tubes cleaned. This year, while cleaning out the boiler, Stanton found that several (15) of the tubes in the body of the boiler were corroded and rusted, needing to be replaced. The cost for the seasonal clean-out is $5,425.00. This year we had an additional expense of $3,250.00 to replace the tubes, so a total of $8,675.00 just to get the boiler ready. We have one more repair to go on the boiler, a valve that needs to be replaced, and then we should be good to go!
Tomorrow, together with 34 other pilgrims, we will go for a pilgrimage to Italy. We will visit many places of great importance to the western civilization as well as to the Catholic Church. Please keep us in your prayers as we will keep you in our prayers daily.
May God bless all of us for a new season and give us grace of contemplating Him in all creation.